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Photo Panic: Post Spring Adventures

Hi everyone, it's been a while!

 

As I had stated on my previous entry, things got hectic with graduations, meeting up/checking in with family, finishing up final administrative paperwork at NYU, and juggling life's fun activities.  Everything is going well though, and I'm happy to have a breather.  May was just a big ball of craziness.  At the end of May, I had to make sure that all loose ends were taken care of.  The last thing I'd want is for NYU to call me because I was missing something!

 

Before commencement at NYU, there were all of these festivities at Washington Square Park and the vicinity.  Students and their families were invited to enjoy this carnival type of fun which looked like a blast.  There were food stands and fire twirling performers...at least that's what I thought when I caught a quick glimpse (I had to run to the train station and it was crowded so I had to jet!).  It was nice and I'm going to miss that environment.

 

I went to get a haircut last week from my friend/stylist, and she told me that she was going to go to Punta Cana in September.  I'm so jealous of her!  As always, we laughed and joked around in Spanish.  It was nice to discuss our future plans and what we wanted to accomplish within the next few years.  She was very encouraging when I told her about my plans and taking the next step in life.  La amo!

 

I'm also reading Les Aventures d'Alice Au Pays des Merveilles (Alice in Wonderland).  When I was a kid, I thought that she was just having a crazy tea party and talking to anthropomorphic animals.  I didn't realize the symbolism until I grew up.  I'm revisiting it right now for fun.

 

The graduations were wonderful.  I had fun admiring the venues and cheering my loved ones on.  There were quite a few, but it would be overwhelming to post all of them so I'm picking my brother and my friend's graduation pictures.  They were really nice days to just share stories and jokes.  Luckily the weather was nice throughout the events- for the graduations and the celebrations that came later on.  The weather recently has been an unpredictable Russian Roulette with one to two days of rain then sun or vice versa.

 

I got to see a lot of people whom I haven't seen in a year or more.  It was fun seeing their warm smiles and family friends asking me personal questions. haha  I couldn't even take one bite from my bruschetta without one of them giving that sly smile and tickling me.  I'm close to my friend's aunt since her son and I went to the same school (Syracuse University...well his was a joint SUNY-ESF/Syracuse University).  He was an undergrad while I was a grad student.  He loves animals and she told me that he found a job working in the Miami Zoo.  I'm so happy for him.  It's always nice talking to her since she's a tough woman and only opens up to certain people.

 

On to the pictures!  I have a lot more, but I don't want to make it too picture heavy.

 

Here's my friend's graduation at Lincoln Center:

Group picture (everyone speaks Mandarin and/or Taiwanese here

except me who speaks VERY basic)

 

 

Outside Lincoln Center

 

Inside Avery Fisher Hall @ Lincoln Center

 

 

After her graduation, her, her friend Sam, and I went to have dinner at a Korean restaurant at Koreatown.  The food was so delicious!

 

 
 

 

 

 

I still remembered some of the Korean that I learned from college (as well as from my friends) so when I spoke to the people at the restaurant in Korean, they smiled.  They were so nice!  I was afraid I was going to butcher it or say something out of context haha

 

Here are the pictures from my brother's graduation at the Performing Arts Center in Newark:

 

(Please note my brother doesn't like pictures of himself in public so it's just the venue)

 

 

 

 

 

It was gorgeous.  I felt like I was getting ready to watch an opera.  The people behind me were saying the same thing.  The acoustics were amazing.  When my brother's best friend and I cheered him on, it echoed!  My brother laughed after the ceremony and said that he really heard us.

 

One of my friend's is going to attend her MFA program so we promised to catch up before she leaves.  We made plans to have some authentic Italian food.  I'm so excited and I got hungry after reading the menu.  Everything's all ready.  I'll see what their dinner special is that night.  But right now I'm deciding whether to get the Tagliatelle Al Ragu or the simple Spaghetti Alla Chitarra.  All of their pasta is fresh made and since I've been in the company of many Italian families, I know how much pride they take to make meals fantastic.

 

I usually have a lot of ideas when I think about writing an entry, but when I do, I end up just covering half of what I wanted to write.  I think I got everything though!

 

But it was indeed nostalgic.  Talking to everyone really brought back past memories.  As much as some of us had our fights and differences, we all wanted to see each other succeed.  The degree of closeness changed (as with any friendship over time), but even when we didn't see eye to eye, we didn't want to see anyone crash and burn.  From the conversations I've had with my friends and their families, I did see that despite adversities happening, everyone was able to pick themselves up and push forward.  It's tough, but just like the graduations, there are always new beginnings for everyone regardless of the circumstances.

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