Hope everyone’s weekend was as lovely as mine! I kept it pretty low-key, taking advantage of the gorgeous weather to bask in the sun on a long Saturday run and a few Sunday walks – alone, with friends, and with family and dog in tow. While I did have to study for my one final exam coming up, the little time I spent in front of the computer doing practice questions was punctuated by far lengthier study breaks. Here a few weekend updates, sharing the highlights…
On Friday afternoon, after my May Morning run and muffin-making, I met up with one of my dear friends at Alice’s Tea Cup for a Vanilla Rooibos tea and chat. She’s a law school classmate and fellow runner – we are running the Disneyland Half Marathon together in September. It was nice to talk running and fun even though we both knew we should probably get a little bit of studying done! But after literally running into each other on the reservoir path in Central Park that morning, it felt like fate intended us to dally awhile first.
We took a little stroll in Carl Schurz Park afterwards, heading back down along the East River esplanade before parting ways. I’m usually only up there on November Project mornings during the week, so it was nice to see the flowers in bloom there on a sunny afternoon.
Friday evening, I took advantage of a members’ preview of a new exhibit at the Met. ‘Opulence and Fantasy: Deccan Sultans of India, 1500-1700’ showcased the art and jewelry of the Deccan rulers of southern India, who were eclipsed by the Mughals (who were in turn by the British colonial empire). The nexus of different European and Asian cultures in this area of the world led to the creation of some really wonderful pictures, clothing, and jewels. I didn’t know a lot about this culture, beyond a few hours spent in AP World History back in high school – it wasn’t something I studied at Oxford. So it was enlightening and entertaining for both myself and my art-loving companion!
Saturday morning, I went for an 8 mile run in Central Park. It was in the low 60s and sunny, perfect weather! I had done 6 miles on three weekday mornings, for a total of 26 miles this week.
It was so perfect that when I ventured outside in shorts later that day, I was a little chilly, because I wasn’t even bothered by the wind earlier. I did have to study in the afternoon, but made it a team effort with a friend from my class and baked a batch of banana muffins for sustenance. Study snacks are key to productivity!
Sunday morning, I woke up and took a walk in Central Park. I decided to ramble through The Ramble, which is an area with twisting paths near the transverse at 72nd Street. Unless it is a truly crowded day, there usually aren’t too many people around, because it’s tricky to navigate unless you’re familiar with the paths. I love it for a leisurely morning stroll!
In the afternoon, my family came into the city with Sasha, so we took her on a walk through her usual park loop before heading out to dinner at a nearby diner. A relaxing end to a lovely weekend!
What were you up to this weekend?
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