so hey, I came back on the Amtrak train from NYC yesterday, quite exhausted. I apparently had enough strength to go see the Canada Day fireworks at the Vieux-Port in Montreal, though. The train ride was amusing and harrowing enough, but I’ll spare you most of the details. Apparently Amtrak’s financial crisis, which could have threatened to leave us stranded in New York, has been averted for the time being. That would have been pretty amusing, in hindsight. Of course, if it did happen it would first appear as a colossal pain in the buttocks.
I’m taking one more day in Montreal to attend the Ruhi Book 3 circle at Amelia’s, and then returning to Victoriaville tomorrow night (hopefully). I’m starting to get homesick. Maybe travelling more, or doing some travel-teaching, would help me adjust to moving about.
Anyway, NYC was pretty cool. At first, the big city atmosphere was a bit shocking — the rank smell, the noise, and so on — but after a few days, I got over it and really started to like the place. Enough to consider going back. Perhaps with a more structured schedule, to visit more with the local Baha’is and get to know the character of the place better. Oh yeah, and Catherine, I didn’t go up the Empire State Building, although I did take lots of pictures of it. And to Hadi, I walked through Greenwich Village but didn’t stay very long. And what Haagen-Dazs outlet? I did go to this nice deli called Roxy’s Deli that had lots of pat-on-the-back we’re-so-great caricatures on the walls and that had very good cheesecake.
And I DIDN’T GET ROBBED OR MUGGED! 😉
And besides all that, the conference was pretty good too, and singing in Carnegie Hall was fantastic. Heck, now I’ve already made it in show business, and I’m not even in show business 😉 Seriously though, it was a great first experience in choral singing. If singing is as rewarding as this then everyone should do it.