Okay, so for day two.
I woke up early in the morning and went to the hotel gym. Since it was a conference center, I was expecting a pretty nice facility. This it was not. It was a long narrow room with 3 bikes, 6 treadmills, and 4 ellipticals on one wall and a few weight machines on the other. I was surprised that there weren't more people there either, since it wasn't that early (7 am). I did my usual half hour run and extra fifteen minutes on the bike. I ran back and showered, since I was eager to get out and explore the city.
My first stop was the cute little grocery store that I spotted the night before. I knew I was meant to go there when the first thing that greeted me when I walked in was a giant display of FIGS, on sale! What can get better than that? I swooped up two packages, then browsed the rest of the store. I munched on figs while I watched the bustle of the city. I stopped into any juice bar or little grocery store I could find, just to look around. I ended up getting a few snacky things, since I knew that my food options were pretty low.
Snack #1: A Ya Pear. The consensus? Not that great. It was crunchy and tasted like an unripe Asian pear.
Snack #2: Dried Figs. The consensus? Pure deliciousness. I enjoyed these so much that I had to run back the next day and buy more, with the intention of squirreling them away to enjoy in my dorm. Let's just say that they didn't make it that far...
Snack #3: Wild Blueberry PURE bar. I've heard a lot about these around the blogosphere, and I wanted to try it. Consensus? It was pretty good. The texture was a little odd, kind of grainy, but the flavor was nice and blueberry-ish. I still prefer Larabars, though.
Snack #4: Trail Mix. Consensus? Delicious. This was an unexpected purchase. I went into the bulk section (see this post for an interesting take on bulk bins) to browse, and a store worker asked if I wanted to sample. I declined, but he insisted, so I asked for some of this. After he watched me eat it and was so happy when I proclaimed it good, I felt horrible. So I ended up buying a bit.
Snack #5: Honeydew. Consensus? Obviously not in season, but still pretty decent. I was just a hankering for some melon, since I hadn't had any in a while.
After I got back from wandering around, I went to a few sessions at the conference, and then we went exploring. We walked the Brooklyn Bridge, visited Ground Zero, saw the Wall Street Bull, and went to Times Square.
It was quite a long walk!
Isn't she beautiful? I wish I could have gone to see her.
Development at Ground Zero.
He was VERY popular when we were taking pictures...
Times Square at night
We ended up eating at the ESPN Zone, where I had the most delicious salad, the Bleu Cheese, Apple Walnut Salad (romaine, red peppers, walnuts, white balsamic dressing, minus the cheese and plus avocado). I hadn't eaten since breakfast (since I passed on the pizza for lunch, and surprisingly this restaurant ONLY served pizza, nothing else), and this hit the spot. Sorry for no picture, but if you go on this website, it's the salad that is pictured under the "Salads" tab. We walked around for a bit, and then took the subway home.
The next day was pretty uneventful, as we just presented our poster, packed up, and drove home. Of course, I went to the gym and visited the store again (for the aforementioned figs). I was beyond glad to get back to my regular eats.
I love cities, and I can't wait to live in one when I graduate. I'm definitely NOT a country girl, haha.
Question: Do you prefer the country or city? Or are you a little of both?
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