April 5th, 2009

little review

Poem for Sunday

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After breakfast at the very nice breakfast buffet in our hotel, we drove through Brooklyn to Coney Island and the New York Aquarium. It was both bigger and more impressive than I was expecting -- we go to lots of aquariums and the ones in Baltimore, Boston, Mystic and Monterey get a lot more press, but this one is the perfect size for a visit of only a couple of hours and has a lot of nice features, like African penguins in an outdoor enclosure without floor-to-ceiling glass and with visible nesting holes, plus a sea lion show, a baby walrus, a shark-and-ray tank that also contains loggerhead and hawk-billed turtles, a touch tank, lots of fish and amphibians, and a decent cafeteria where we grabbed lunch before going to visit my uncle in Brooklyn.

He was looking much better than the last time I saw him -- in the hospital last summer -- and it was nice to be in that part of Brooklyn, where my grandparents lived for many years. It was colder and much windier than Saturday, but not rainy, so we walked a bit on the boardwalk by the aquarium to see the Coney Island Amusement Park -- which we thought had closed permanently but apparently is opening for the season on Sunday -- and in Brooklyn where there were many Jewish families out walking together after Shabbat services. We left for home in the middle of the afternoon and arrived in time to see most of Michigan State's inspiring win over UConn and Villanova's lamentable loss to UNC.


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More tomorrow -- travel has made me very sleepy! And older son is still in New York, coming home Sunday with his school group!