Today was Canada’s Thanksgiving day and my friends Ani, Kini and Baby decided to take advantage of the long weekend and come to NYC and visit. They stayed with me during the weekend and left today after a yummy brunch at Corner (great French Toast!).
It was a weekend filled with friends, visits, family, and a lot of talking and eating as all good weekends should be. Saturday we woke up relatively early given that they arrived after midnight Friday night, and walked to the East River. The weather couldn’t have been any better, so we took some pictures.
From there it was off to the heights to visit Kini’s grandmother. They had cooked all his favorite dishes and we spent the afternoon chit-chatting while having a big family feast. We left to go to my sister’s so that Ani and Kini could meet Sophie (last time they were here she was still cooking in the oven), and from there to a concert at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament in celebration of Padre Alexis’ 25th ordination anniversary. We got to see excellent Venezuelan musicians playing in honor of el padre, but the best of all was Ilan Chester and his Cerro El Avila!
A lady who just needed to honor her Latin roots and got up and showed it (yeah we’re Catholic and this is the house of God and all, but we’re Venezuelan first of all, and when salsa plays we dance, no matter where we are!)
After the Church, it was off to UVA for dinner and drinks, delicious! A packed day to say the least, we ended going to be close to 3 am!
Sunday was shopping day, so we geared up after a delicious brunch at Cafe D’Alsace and headed toward Woodbury Commons. Being it Columbus Day weekend and all you can imagine the traffic to get there, the lines at every store, and then the traffic to come back into the city. Lovely, absolutely lovely. But a ton of fun was had and the shopping wasn’t bad itself. We ended the trip at Kini’s grandmother’s again for some more family chit-chat and food.
I can tell you this week was filled with everything but work and rest, so currently I am way behind in my reading and project work, and tired as can be. But when I got home late tonight this was waiting for me: