On the 2nd September, we all went to a theme park, called Dorney Park, in Philadelphia. It was a combination ride and water park. The kids thought it was great, and I.........greater! Water is my thing, so I must have gone on every slide possible. As for the rides, I normally get motion sickness, but I just went hammer and tongs.......the last one Alex and I went on (nobody else was game!!!!) was like a roller coaster on a "trip", pardon the pun...we are talking a serious 90 degree drop, and my lunch almost became my dinner! To add to the excitement we hired a car for the day, and I drove up and back, as I was not the only one who could drive, but the only one with a license! Taking traffic into consideration, 3 hours up and 3 hours back plus lots of hours in the park. A great day was had by all, but we all got home exhausted...and then there was returning the car! I actually got to drive through the centre of Noo Yorrk (as they would say here), and may I say that it wasn't that terrifying.
On one of our several trips to Manhattan we took the kids to the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, an interactive space where kids can try their hand at all things technical - creating scenes in a movie, being part of virtual games, creating music, to only name a few. It was a hands on attraction, which of course always rates highly amongst children of all ages.
Alex and I also visited the Museum of Modern Art. There were various interesting displays. I am always fascinated by the more "modern" section of Modern Art Museums...and as we looked at such paintings as the big square black canvas, and the black square canvas with concentric white lines, we both could not help but think why we had not thought of it first! Art is a little like beauty...oh so very subjective!
On Friday we are off to Chester Springs, near Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, to spend a few days with our really good friend Erin. I actually met Erin in Argentina in 1999. Alex has also met her a couple of times since. We are really looking forward to catching up with her. It should also be a relaxing and peaceful break from New York.
Catching up with Moz and Bianca last Sunday morning (3rd September) at the Lincoln Centre, smack bang in the centre of NYC, was definitely another highlight. For those of you who don't know Moz is my cousin who lives in Mildura (north western Victoria) and Bianca, his daughter, who lives in Tasmania. It just so happened, that Moz and Bianca, both on their first international trip ever, had flown in to New York, the night before. They were picked up by their friends Suzanne and Carrol early on Sundy morning, and we all met up. It was a weird feeling....I felt like an extra in a movie set.....picture this...big open space, big fountain in the centre, Ombi sees Moz, starts running up, and then screams out, "Mooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooozzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Of course this was followed by big hugs all around. It was a real minties moment too, az Moz and Bianca were able to meet a large portion of Alex's family. They are actually the only ones to have done so to date, as they live between the USA and Ecuador, and none have been out to Australia. Alex's family loved Moz - they thought he was really chatty,open, friendly and similar to me.......Moz, you were a real hit, and they said you had the "parlantina" (gift of the gab). Bianca, Denisse (our 13 year old neice) thought you were very cool and funny.
(Images, Top: L to R, Denisse, Alex, Rocio, Axel & Karen Centre: Angie, Denisse & Axel at Sony Wonderland Lab. Bottom: Reunion with Moz & Bianca in New York.)