Friday, June 25, 2010
From El Cerrito to New York in Less Than a Day
It’s hard to believe that I’m actually in New York City at the moment. As early as this morning I was over a thousand miles away back in California and now I’m lodged in a beautiful hotel in the middle of the city.
We embarked from El Cerrito High at roughly 6:30 in the morning for Oakland airport where the storms that had stranded our colleagues in the Cornell program only briefly delayed our flight.
Upon our arrival we rushed off to our hotel to prepare for a dinner at Keen’s Steakhouse, a rustic little establishment founded in the 19th century and decorated with all manner of pipes. Dinner was delicious. In my case it featured a giant roasted lamb chop served with mint jelly and finished with crème brûlée.
On the way back to the hotel we took a walk through Times Square, which surprisingly crowed at twelve o’clock at night. It was great to get a taste of the city and what is to come on our journey.
My thanks go out to all the people at the ILC who’ve made this possible. Now I’m going to get some sleep to prepare for a day of college tours.