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Gloom and Bloom | Beijing Horticultural Expo

This week we took a trip to the Beijing Horticultural expo. The venue covers a whopping 6 hectares, displaying a variety of flowers, trees, and other greenery. It definitely lives up to its theme “Live Green, Live Better” It’s actually a pretty impressive event in its own right, an effort to increase China’s soft power, garnering the support and participation of over 70 countries and organizations. It’s also an embodiment of China’s promise to become a greener country.

Jumping over Walls | The Great Wall of China

The place we went to was 金山岭长城 or jīnshānlǐng. Apparently fewer tourists go to this section of the wall, so we were excited to be one of the few there. Of course, it was like 200 of us attending so maybe not that few people. We took some buses provided by PiB to the main entrance. Then walked a long way through some yellow, wooden bridges, down a long, long road, until we arrived at the foot of the wall. It was actually very commercialized, with carts ferrying people willing to pay up, and many vendors and small restaurants all the way up. Not the Great Wall I envisioned but nice nonetheless.

Back to the Appalachian | Buttermilk Falls

It seems that every time we decide to go hiking, it’s a trail on the Appalachian. It makes sense though, given its proximity to NY. One of these days we’ll plan a longer trip, one that’ll take us a little farther from NYC. But for now, we’re off to our neighbors to the west, New Jersey.

A Modern Experience | The Guggenheim

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is located at 1071 fifth avenue, right across the Central Park at the corner of 89th street. It has a continuously expanding collection of Modern art. Well actually, it includes Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and Contemporary art, but a lot of what we saw was Modern Art. It seems we are really good at picking bad days to visit places, as the spiral staircase was closed for construction and some exhibits were not bailable for viewing.

The Hive | Quick One on the Hudson Yards

We went over to the Hudson Yards as a class project. Basically, we were acting as tour guides, guiding a group of Chinese tourists from our first stop at the Chelsea Hotel to our last stop at Hudson Yards. And when I mean group, I mean one, single tourist. Bad weather means most people who agreed to go canceled on us.

Signs Of Spring | Brooklyn Bridge Park

The transition from Winter to Spring happens quickly and suddenly. I find myself walking through cold, barren streets when suddenly I’m greeted by budding trees or flowers. By that time, more and more plants have started to sprout. This is that time, well into spring and surrounded by greenery.​

Westchester Trip Part 2 | Untermeyer Gardens ​

Let’s talk about some history. Before it was known as Untermeyer Gardens, it was a part of an estate called “Greystone”. Back then, it was owned by presidential candidate Samuel Tilden. (Side note, that election was one of the instances where a candidate won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote.)​

A Westchester Trip Pt 1 | Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow. Many people have heard of the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, a story about the headless horseman popularized by Washington Irving. Irving was a resident of the village of Sleepy Hollow and used the village as the setting for the tale of the headless specter. Because of the story and it’s historical roots, Sleepy Hollow is considered one of the most haunted places in America.

A Heavenly Trail | Stairway to Heaven

The Stairway to Heaven is a 7-mile there-and-back trail on the Appalachian. If you enter the trail pass route 94, you’ll be able to skip the first 2 miles of the hike. There’s not much there, so I recommend just entering past route 94. Use the address 441 New Jersey 94, Vernon Township, NJ.

Struggling to Get a Hold | Brooklyn Boulders

When I’m short on ideas for the week’s #onethingoneweek, I do one of two things. Sometimes, I immediately get on Google and search up interesting locations to go to or interesting things to do. More often, however, I get on Groupon and see what I can find. Sometimes you get great finds like today’s deal on Bouldering. $32 gave me two full days of bouldering fun, and this is day one.