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We’re at the half way point! Just in case you missed anything along the way, here is a quick recap of our journey thus far… We loaded up on coffee from Steam Punk Coffee in Los Angeles before hitting the road and heading straight for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where we learned why San Luis Obispo is considered the “happiest city in the world”. Then it was off to UC Berkeley where we ran the fire trail and learned about utilizing your power as a student for good. Next we braved the long trip up to Oregon where we stopped in Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival before heading to Portland to tour Reed College and indulge in all sorts of yummy eats from Le Pigeon and Nostrana, not forgetting Blue Star Donuts (seriously, the best donut of my life!).  From Portland we hopped on a plane that took us to Chicago where we picked up our new car, ate at award winning restaurants Blackbird and Spiaggia, and toured Northwestern and the University of Chicago. (not to mention we took a late night hour pause from our exploring to watch the highly anticipated Game of Thrones finale from our hotel room!) From there we drove to Ann Arbor, Michigan and “Went Blue” then high tailed it to Canada and had a wet and wild time seeing Niagara Falls ey!  Always happy to arrive back to the USA, this time by driving across Rainbow Bridge and after my mom indulged our customs agent by  giving him an autograph for his daughter, we began headed for Ithaca, NY to tour Cornell University, then continued through New York state, where the freeway speed limit changed surreptitiously from 65mph to 55mph and my mom got her first speeding ticket in over 20 years, to Syracuse, and Hamilton College, before heading to Boston. In Boston we visited Tufts University, Emerson College, and Northeastern University and were blessed with ridiculously beautiful weather! Now we are off to New York City where we are looking forward to two Broadway productions and tours of NYU, Columbia University, and The New School! Stay tuned and, as always, please please please consider donating any amount, even a dollar, to the Fulfillment Fund! They need your support!

He loves me, He loves me not

After our tour of Cornell University, we strolled a peaceful path called the Taughannock Falls hiking trail, that runs along side the Cascadilla Gorge in Ithaca just down the hill from the school.  It was quiet, and quite lush.  Many birds, dragonflies, ducks and an occasional toad (or some mating animal) made pleasant and curious squeaks and squawks as we walked along, taking in the serenity .  I noticed this little area filled with wild daisies and the first thing that popped into my mind was, “He loves me, he loves me not.” Read more

Nostrana Our delicious dinner with a snip :)

From the first step into Nostrana,this vibrant, welcoming restaurant, we knew we’d found an eatery where warm family celebrations met up with elegantly presented delicious food.   Little did we know that we’d be introduced to a knew piece of table ware. The pizza scissors.  Now I guess it’s only appropriate to use on the best thin crust, not soggy, not brittle, just right texture of crust.  But snipping thru my arugala, sauce and cheese with ease, just left me giggling inside (and out) as I created my individual perfectly sized piece of pie perfection.