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Saying goodbye to a beautiful country where I met the most amazing people, and learned some unforgettable lessons. I thank God everyday that He blessed me enough to have this experience. Argentina, tenes me corazón 💕 #argentinaaventuras #argentinasosmivida
So, 5 months have come and gone. I cannot believe how fast they flew by. I’d like to thank everyone who made this journey one to remember. I have had the best time here with the most amazing people. However, I am excited to be returning home this weekend.
I start my journey back home at 3am Saturday morning (Perth time) or 3pm Friday for those who are on NY time. I fly to Sydney, and leave there around 12ish pm (Sydney time) and get into LA at 9am (LA time) on the same day. So basically I fly for like 15 hours and land 3 hours before the time I actually left. I go back in time. It’s gonna be weird. Then I fly to Chicago and then to Buffalo. I get into Buffalo around 10.30pm. It’s going to be one heck of a long day for all us traveling.
I think over all it’s going to be like a 34 hour journey, but I’ll be content when I get in my own bed early Sunday morning!
I would have to recap the best parts of the journey by saying the highlights were:
-Seeing my parents 2 months in - holding a koala, sitting on the edge of the blue mountains, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, seeing the opera house and bridge in Sydney, Kings Park, etc.
-Northwest outback trip and all it entailed - feeding a wild dolphin, hiking Karijini, snorkeling the ningaloo reef with turtles and sharks, camping and making new friends
-Caversham Wildlife park first time feeding kangaroos
-learning to surf
-all the beaches I went to- cottesloe, south, Scarborough, Rottnest, Bondi, plus many more on the southwest trip
- Fiji - mana island
- Bali - riding an elephant and holding monkeys
- plus all the friends who helped make it all worthwhile!
Overall, I have had amazing, unforgettable experiences. I cannot wait to get home and boast about them! I guess this may be my last blog post, but maybe I’ll update it when I get home and on the right time zone!
Thanks for all the support along the way, I couldn’t have done it with out my friends and family to back me up :)
The goodbyes have already started, and they don’t get easier. I’m sure I’ll be a wreck Saturday and Friday night, but I’ll be seeing everyone again at some point in my life!
For now, I’ll continue packing my life away and getting ready to enjoy my last full day in this wonderful city!
"You have to show up in the World Cup, and in the World Cup anything can happen." -Messi
The Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra| Teatro Colón #argentinaaventuras (en Teatro Colón)
For those who didn’t know that volcanic ash can stop planes from flying, it can and it did. Alicia, Devin, Stacie and I were set to fly out June 2, at 5am. We get to the airport around 2ish and at 2.30am they tell us our flight is cancelled….with us getting no money back at all. A volcano erupted on an island close to Bali, and the ash was right in the way of our flight path. (Meanwhile the last time the volcano erupted was like 1998..) We were devastated. I think it’s true that the friends you make while abroad truly are the greatest because that early morning was definitely when I wasn’t at my best, and those girls still put up with me! However, we laid on the airport floor til around 5am. We had to pay for taxis to get us there and back so we were trying to avoid extra fee’s and trying to wait to find out as much information as possible. I grabbed my beach towel and pretended I was on the beach, not on the airport floor. Anyways, we all ended up going back to Murdoch via taxi as we were miserable and tired…Disappointed was an understatement. Plus we had had no sleep.
June 2 was WA (Western Australia) Day. So after we all got back to Murdoch and woke up at 10am we decided to go into Perth to try to make the most of the day. I’m sure if anyone saw us they would’ve thought we were the most miserable human beings on earth. So we didn’t stay long and went back to Murdoch to take a nap. I woke up to many messages from friends saying they were adding another flight for Tuesday (June 3) at 1pm. I ran over to Dev, Stace and Alicia and we arranged to get on the flight. I think then our moods did a complete 360 and we were all pumped. I was nervous we wouldn’t even get out, or that we would get stuck there. But we had a good nights sleep and started our journey early that Tuesday morning.
We get to the airport and we can check in, off to a good start. We actually board the plane…even better. Then we get to Bali! We were so so so happy. I’m not sure what happened, but the ash decided to move so we could have one last hoorah before finals. That night we ate dinner - Satay - at the hotel, and met the boys (Reed, Maurer, LBJ and Dan) at their hotel in Kuta. We went into downtown Kuta that night and it was pretty sketchy. it was definitely an experience, but something I’d be okay with never experiencing again. You couldn’t walk 5 feet without being offered some sort of drug. The boys protected us though, and we weren’t there long.
The next day the boys left to come back to Murdoch, as they got there the Friday before (with no issues of volcanic ash). Us girls went down into the Markets of Kuta. They had cute Indonesian clothing, and we all were able to talk most of the shop owners down in prices so we could get like 2 tshirts for $5. The prices for everything were so much cheaper than in Perth. Plus we found a Starbucks! Haven’t had that coffee since January! After the markets, we went to a beach in Kuta. People kept asking us to buy things, but we just ignored them. It was very hot and humid, but the ocean felt good. We could sit there and watch the surfers. Then we grabbed some lunch and headed to Ubud where we stayed the next two nights. That night we went down into Ubud, after a dip in the pool and grabbed dinner. We found a DQ! But it was closed by the time we got there. Our ‘hotel’ in Ubud was really a villa. It was seriously so cool. We had two stories, able to sleep like 7 people. The main bathroom was outside with a Jacuzzi tub and a very interesting shower. There was also a toilet and sink on the second floor.
The next day (Thursday) we woke up early to go ride the elephants. Dev and I rode Tony. It was pretty cool to be able to ride an elephant, and we even got to sit right on its head to take it for a little ride. While the driver who normally sat there took our spot on the seat and let us do the controlling. Stace and Alicia rode Elsa - like from my favorite movie, Frozen! There were wild monkeys around the elephants which was our first encounter with monkeys. I paid to hold Monica, the orangoutang. We actually didn’t really like me, but thats okay the pictures came out cute. We had lunch there and then had our driver take us to the Monkey Forest. The monkeys were evil. All they wanted was food - or whatever they could get out of your backpack. One charged at another monkey while hissing and alicia threw me in front of it! I vowed to not touch any of them. Until I sat down and one crawled on my head, and started looking for bugs in my hair! But that was a little guy and he wasn’t going to harm me. After the monkey forest we went back to our hotel, and then down to the Kuta Markets. We shopped for a bit and then had dinner and got DQ.
On Friday we had 9.30 am Balinese massages! Not bad for $12, and an hour long massage. After that we chilled by the pool because we had to check out of our hotel at 1pm and our car wasn’t arriving to take us to the airport til 6.30pm. We had dinner at the hotel and then made it in time for our flight back to Murdoch.
Bali was beautiful. It was just what we needed before finals. However, all weekend I spent studying after a farewell dinner for AIFS students on Saturday. I had my only final on Monday Morning. Now I’m free from school work til next Fall! I don’t have much to do, all my friends are busy studying for finals, as they have finals all the way up until the 20th. I think I’ll start trying to pack up my things, I have no idea how I’m supposed to get everything home in one suitcase! I really cannot believe how fast this semester went. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at home and getting back to my old routine but I will seriously miss this city and everyone I have met. It will be weird not seeing all my friends faces everyday, considering the fact that I’ve seen them 24/7 for 5 months straight.
I’m going to make the most out of my time left in Perth, but I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll be back here someday!
"Not all those who wander are lost."-Tolkien #lotr #tolkien #argentinaaventuras (en Parque Nacional Quebrada Los Condoritos)
I cannot believe I only have three more weeks left here. And one of those weeks i’ll be in Bali! Crazy how time flies. I feel like I was just leaving for Fiji a couple weeks ago.
Anyways, I haven’t updated this in a while. I’m sorry. I’ve been cramming for finals and writing papers. I leave for Bali tomorrow, June 2, so I want to get as much school work done as possible before we go have loads of fun!
These past two weeks have been pretty fun. Last Tuesday we went to a play called bounce! It is like skyzone, for any of you that are familiar with it. It’s a place completely filled with trampolines. You can do flips, shoot hoops, and do all sorts of fancy things on the trampolines. It was tons of fun!
Last Thursday a group of us went out to dinner at a pizza place called Little Caesars. They had dessert pizzas. It was heaven. We split the red velvet kind and it was the most amazing thing. Then we went to the casino! I’ve never been to a casino before, besides one with my family in the Caribbean. But it was fun. We all lost, no one won anything but we had fun!
On that Friday we went to Perth Zoo! It was lots of fun. We saw an elephant show. Got to see some more kangaroos and quokkas!
We have been hanging pretty low, just watching movies, doing homework etc. I have spent countless hours in the library. Not how I want to spend the last month here, but afterall, I did come here to study!
I cannot wait for Bali. It’s going to be warm and hopefully full of sunshine! I will definitely update this after the trip and all the adventures we went on.
For now I’m going to finish a paper and start packing!
ps. I’ll put some pictures that I took for my final portfolio project on here.
Look twice #argentinaaventuras (en Museo de Arte Moderno MAMBA)
While in Córdoba, I visited the Museo de la Memoria. This museum was once a center for detention and torture operated by the dreaded Department of Intelligence (D2) during the militant dictatorship of Argentina. This division was created to kidnap and torture suspected political agitators and the ‘reassignment’ of their children. For those who aren’t familiar with the dark history of this time period, I will give an extremely brief overview. Know as The Dirty War (Guerra Sucia) to the Argentine government, it was a states of terrorism and guerrilla violence against left wing guerrillas or anyone believed to be associated with socialism. The Argentine military coup gained power in 1976 and they began the National Reorganization Process. This process basically gave the military power to punish whoever they wanted by any means necessary. People were arrested, beaten, killed, and robbed all without any explanation. Simply as a way to intimidate the people form resisting the government. If there was any hint of protest or simply that one doesn’t agree with the government, this person would “disappear” Around 30,000 people had disappeared during this time period and they are now known as “Los Desaparecidos”. Most people still do not have answers as to what happened with the family members that were taken from them. The Museo de la Memoria in Córdoba, like many post government buildings, has transformed into preserving the memory of those lives lost and affected by these tragic events. Walking through this museum, I can honestly say it was one of the heaviest things I have seen in my life. The countless numbers of names on the walls as well as pictures whose names have been lost in time. It is so incredibly sad to think of all these innocent people whose lives were ended for no reason. The way the museum is laid out, many things were preserved. Survivors gave their statements, and it was written on the walls of the rooms they were describing. It was so haunting to read one man describe how he was beaten senseless, and then to stand in that spot and see where he was chained up. Also in a prison cell, we were able to read what some people wrote on the doors. It was so sad reading these notes and thinking what could this person have been thinking? Did they think that anybody would read this? Did they think that the dictatorship would end? Did they think they were be remember in a museum? We kept walking and eventually got to the nursery, definitely the most incredibly painful part of The Dirty War. Many of the women who were captured were pregnant or already had young children. Once they gave birth, Their babies were “reassigned” and given to families of government officials or people who wouldn’t question the government. These women were forced to write letters to the rest of their families assuring the safety of themselves and their babies. If they didn’t write these lies, the government officials threatened to killed them and their babies. The room was decorated as a nursery with thousands of pictures of parents who lost their children. It is crazy to think that some of these kids are out there right now, and don’t even know their true story and who their real parents are. It was so painful to read about the survivors, the grandmothers and mothers who are still looking for their children who were taken, and still are not reunited. We kept walking, and the next room was where their mugshots were taken. We saw exactly where these people sat as their number was held as the camera snapped. It was so eerie to see where this happened, and then to look and see the hundreds and hundreds of black and white shots of these people who were no more. The whole museum was so incredibly moving. In one room, many people wrote how they or their families were affected by these awful events. “Nunca Más” is a phrase that has been adapted to show support for these people. “Never More”. Never More will human rights be violated in this horrific fashion. I hope to be apart of the change and see too that these atrocities will never happen again. Sometimes when things like this happen, it is easy to forget how real they were when it doesn’t affect you directly. I learned how much this did hurt people even today. Every week the grandmothers and mothers still walk around the Plaza de Mayo in remembrance of The Disappeared. It is important to remember to show respect, but to also keep things like this from happening ever again. Never more.
I’m naming this blog post “The Sound Of Silence” for several reasons. One, it’s hands down my favorite Simon And Garfunkel album who are definitely one of my favorite bands. After a long weekend spend in the provence of Córdoba, I made one of my best memories hiking up to the national park, Quebrada Del Condorito. To begin, we took a two hour bus ride form the center of the city up to the mountains. After two antagonizing hours of insane Argentine driving, the bus driver finally pulled over, pointed to me and my three friends sitting in the back, signaling that this was our stop. We got out and he proceeded to tell us the entrance was a across the street. We gave an enthusiastic thanks and descended from the bus. As he pulled away, the other side of the street was revealed to us: nothing. Absolutely nothing. If anyone wanted to kill us, that was the time. There was not a hint of civilization or another human being for miles and no indication that there was a park anywhere. We were only slightly concerned and realized we must be in the right place if we are this far into the wild. We had to walk about 20 minutes, but sure enough we eventually found the entrance for the park. Trekking through the park, I honestly felt like I was inside an episode of Planet Earth waiting for David Attenborough to narrate my actions. I could picture him describing to the audience what I was doing as a means to survive. Or ya know die as a helpless tourist lost in this insanely huge park. It was unlike anything I have ever experienced or could ever expect. I’ve done different hiking ranges and camped out a lot, however this was so different that I expected. The most beautiful part about the whole excursion, is where Simon & Garfunkel come in. It was the silence. As high up as we were in the wilderness, I expected to see wild animals. Or to hear the wind against the grass or whipping in my ears. However, I heard nothing. When we weren’t talking or crunching the rocks under our feet, it was legit silent. There was no wind to push things around, there were hardly animals about, and the water we did see was far far below us. It was absolutely silent. Up to this point in my life, I don’t think I have ever experienced a silent world. I have isolated myself from civilizations, but still I usually am surrounded by a forest, or water, or something to indicate a presence of life. However, this was completely new, a silent world. And I loved every second of it. We hiked up to the top and a long the way saw stacks of rocks built to look like rock walls or some type of a shelter. We later learned that the indigenous people thousands of years ago lived in the mountains and there is still evidence of their existence. I found that so incredible to be walking in the same place and seeing the same sights those natives did all that time ago. How could they possibly survive up there? It was so incredible. All I could think of, was one of my favorite songs as it kept playing through my head during the hike. Another reference to Simon & Garfunkel, one of the best songs, “El Condor Pasa” or “If I Could”. The whole hike this was playing through my head as I was dodging rocks and trying to keep my breath in the high altitude. It gave me the perfect feel of the native life in the wild-being in the midst of it, the song only enhanced the experience. As we were descending, I was just so overwhelmed at what I was experiencing, I forgot to really examined myself. I was so out of breath and my heart was racing from the change in altitude. I mildly freaked out at the sight of my hands because for some odd reason they quickly swelled up. I looked like a cabbage patch doll and it was pretty freaking funny looking. Other than that, I was generally in good condition, and just loving life. After we completed our hike, we headed back to the city and to our hostel. We ended up hiking around ten miles total which was very tiring, but very worth it. I spend the rest of my evening meeting fellow travelers from around the world also staying at the hostel. We exchanging stories and cultures and had a great time. An all around awesome adventure.
YAY! So I may have skimmed over a lot of days and weeks but I tried to just touch on the most important things of this past month. Now we are finally up to date and I can touch on some things that occured this past week.
Firstly, it was my friend Matt’s birthday on Sunday and he got back late since he had been diving with great whites. Phoebe and I decorated his room while he was gone and made him a beer cake that I had seen on pinterest, it was super fun making and we were so proud of our work when we were done. We waited for him to get home and then surprised him with cake as well! Phoebe has a family friend that has a son who lives in Perth that she has never met. He is our age and so we all planned to go to dinner together. The next evening he took us to this delicious mexican tapas and tequila place and it was amazing! I have grown to LOVE mexican which is crazy for me to say. Since it was tapas we all ordered a bunch of different stuff and shared everything. Remember how I was saying I’ve been trying new stuff, well I like just had my first avocado a month ago and so now my next step was to try guacamole. The gauc and chips was to die for. After guac and chips we ordered, chicken quesadillas, beef, pork, tortillas, a tray of tequila, mexican street corn and one of every dessert (LOL totally necessary). I feel like I should become a food blogger, the amount of times I talk about food in my posts is revolting but necessary. My favorites were probably the mexican street corn and pork tortillas. Phoebe’s friend Michael was super nice and they apparently grew up in the same city when they were kids (Seattle) and their parents were both from England and they had never met. He was nice to pay for EVERYTHING and we told him he was insane since we ordered the whole menu but were so thankful for! We promised we would get him back that weekend and invited him to Matt’s birthday party! One of the nights we took a spontaneous trip on the train and chose a random line and stop to get off that we had never been to before. It was a good idea until the line we chose was backed up with people getting out of work since it was around 5:00. We squished into the train and grabbed the hand rails, it was an experience seeing how I held hands with probably 5 strangers. Once it was our stop we got off and realized we chose a place with really nothing there. It was a small town and nothing was really open. That’s the case here in Perth, everything closes super early (around 5 pm during the weekdays and even saturday, everything is open later on fridays only… strange). There was ONE restaurant luckily that we went and ate at. The next day we planned on going out to Perth for Matt’s 21st celebration. We chose to start at the local shack that I talked about earlier. Sadly the weather here has just honestly gotten worse and worse it rains almost everyday here. That night it was torrential downpouring for hours. We made an escape to the bus during one of the ‘lighter’ rains. Once we got to the city it was game over. We had gotten ready for an hour and it was all about to go down the drain. Becky and I shared an umbrella but it didn’t help haha we were all literally soaking rats by the time we got into the Shack but its okay we went into the bathroom and used the dryers until we dried a bit. Then we got watermelon drinks to share and dinner. It was a great night. Phoebe’s friend who we met at the mexican tapas restaraunt met us and took us around after the local shack to some of his favorite places. It was a great turnout of people and a lot of our friends made it out to the city and met us. It was probably one of the most fun nights I’ve had! Matt and Becky missed the 2:15 AM train and had to call a taxi. We all died laughing as they stood outside the doors after sprinting down the stairs only to find they were literally seconds late. The next day we had all planned to go to a rugby game but upon waking up, surprise surprise, it was downpouring yet again. I am not a happy camper when it comes to being cold and rainy. I decided to sit this one out much to my dismay. Instead Phoebe, Val, Rachel and I ventured to Freo for coffee and sweets. I had a chai latte and tried a caramel slice which apparently Perth is known for. Spot on, so yummy. After that we walked around town during the evening and went down to the water. It stopped raining by now luckily but the wind was really strong. We watched the waves crash against the beach and it was the first time I’d been there in weeks sadly :( It was still pretty in a weird way. We then took the bus home. Phoebe, Matt and I went to hang out with Michael and we ventured around to places we hadn’t seen. There was this gorgeous place on the water called ‘Hillary’s boat harbor’ which is a huge shopping center with nice restaurants and bars overlooking the water. We went for a casual stroll in city and Michael showed us where he works. It was in one of the huge buildings downtown and it was super nice we even went inside. He works for industrial real estate and loves it! We then headed out to get bubble tea. It was the 2nd time I’ve ever had it and Phoebe made me try it a week or so ago and I loved it! So yummy, but it was cold and it made me colder. The next morning we all went out for breakfast at a little cafe overlooking the ocean but it was raining again (still is as I write this). Nevertheless I got poached eggs with toast, tomato, bacon and spinach!
Today my day has been mostly just school work. I have two essays left to do before I’m done with the semester! One to be edited and one to be started! They aren’t due for a few weeks but I want to get them done early. For those who know I am coming early due to a conflict with my internship. I was finally approved to have my finals moved after the most frustrating process of my life. I will be taking my finals in July and August and leaving Australia June 13. From there I get one whole day home to adjust to jet lag and hang with my loved ones before heading out to Georgia for training on June 15. Its going to be absolutely insane and hope I can handle it. So that means I don’t have much time here. I have maybe 2 weeks left here in Perth and that means I need to do my homework and all of it so I can explore as much as possible!!!! I am going to Bali next week from Thursday-Thursday and am super excited but that’s less time in Perth! So, I have a list of things I need to see, do and buy. I’ll be home in 20 days and it couldn’t be more baffling it came this quick and bittersweet. Stick with me and I will try to update as much as possible as I will take in every lasting second I have here.
One day during the week Phoebe and I decided to try some new food. We are extremely similar when it comes to working out and eating healthy (attempting to at least) and so we found this place in Freo that was all ‘raw’ and ‘clean’. This means all the ingredients were natural and kept in their original state with no additives, preservatives or anything like that. It was a really cute place and so we pondered the menu for a bit before ordered. I ordered raw pizza which was made with a buckwheat base and topped with fresh seasonal veggies, raw sauce and cashew macadamia cheese and basil… so upon first impression I may or may not sound crazy for ordering that. I have been trying literally everything I can foodwise since I’ve been here and I have enjoyed almost everything. It’s certainly a change for those who know me at home that I will just reject food and persuade people that I don’t like it even though I’ve never tried it. My diet has changed so much and I am thankful for that! Back to this pizza though … who would’ve guessed it came out looking so pretty and everything but upon first bite it was actually disgusting. LOL!!! Phoebe and I laughed it off and were like well at least you tried. I really did try to eat it since I paid for so I had two bites, yum! It’s okay though because Phoebe got zucchini pasta which was actually stellar. I would get that again or learn how to make it in a heart beat. We also got raw smoothies which were amazing - I went for a raw caramel one mmmm so good and I got a little filled up since I didn’t eat much. We both got raw chocolate balls from the dessert counter and as you can imagine I love chocolate but did not love these. This raw food place had some hidden gems but I wasn’t finding them that day, oh well! We then met up with Rachel at little creatures where I had a proper dinner. On the way home we stopped by a new skate park that was just built and watched for a bit. The ferris wheel was also all lit up and I have yet to go on it, it overlooks the water and its on my list :). Friday night was very fun, we had a boat cruise planned for us by our study abroad program. We went by boat to Perth from Freo which we usually get to by train. It was actually a great day weather wise but was interestingly raining in just certain spots of the sky but its alright because we were covered and a rainbow emerged! The ride was gorgeous and we passed a bunch of yachts and really nice houses. I would love to live in one someday. Moving in closer to the city it was amazing to see the skyline from a different perspective. I spoke too soon about the rain only being in one spot because it started raining as we were getting off. We all went our separate ways and some of us went out to dinner. Being spontaneous we didn’t stop until we found something new. We found a place called ‘The Local Shack’ which is a hole in the wall kind of place thats really small and hidden away. They had super cool drinks which is what drew our attention. People were drinking some type of fire shot and drinks out of half watermelons. Also there was huge jars of drinks infused with candies and fruits. We stopped in for dinner and everything was delicious. We decided we would come back the following weekend and try drinks. It was our friend’s 21st birthday but he was out in Adelaide cage diving with great white sharks so we wouldn’t be able to celebrate with him until the following weekend. The following day was a LONG glorious one. We had a day of wine, cheese, coffee, beer and chocolate tasting (interesting combo on the stomach though) all planned in the beautiful swan valley. Our trip was planned by the same company that did our northwest and southwest trips. The tour guides are amazing and have really been helpful in giving us insight to the Australian lifestyle and I truly will miss them after spending almost 2 weeks in total on all the trips with them. It was beautiful out and so sunny just how I like it. We started out at a chocolate tasting at the Margaret river chocolate factory. There were bowls of dark, milk and white chocolate sitting up front free for all and I had maybe 5 handfuls of each. From there you were free to roam around the store which is extremely dangerous. I bought myself 6 chocolate candies and ate them all as the day progressed but they were SO SO good. I may have to back and buy more. From there we went to an oils and jam tasting where you could buy cooking oils and spreads. Then we went to a coffee tasting, I don’t like coffee at all but I tried my best and kept an open mind. Luckily for me my wish was granted because they let us try chai latte and I fell in love right then and there. I haven’t stopped drinking it since. Afterwards we went out for wine and I think overall we stopped at 3 wine factories. One had cheese and the feta was my favorite I could eat some right now. I’m not a drinker and so I didn’t drink at all the places and tried few. I only liked the white and dessert wines which were much sweeter than the red. We had lunch on the river, sandwiches were provided with meat from a nice local italian deli and salads. I munched on my chocolate treats and went to heaven. Afterwards we went for a beer tasting. I hated the beer, I hate all beer. I tried to try and like it but it wasn’t happening. I had 3 samples and I took one sip out of each and gave them to the boys. They were happy and so was I :) There was live music at this place and so it was really neat! After a little while of sitting on the long with our beers and listening to music it was time to head back home. We got to watch the sunset on the way back and it was another perfect day. Another day Val and I stopped into the art museum in Northbridge. We went to the cafe first and got chai latte and a pastry - yum. We went into the gallery and it was split to three levels. It took almost 3 hours to see everything. There was some really cool stuff but again some strange combining of the exhibits. The top floor was called “impacting” and had all modern art. There was one particular exhibit that I did not care for. It was a 9/11 exhibit and there was a table of terrorism books piled up. The reflection of the books looked like the NYC skyline with the twin towers enact. The only issue for me was that there was sound effects of the plane crashing and the towers were made of two Quran books. The workers at the art gallery emphasized how amazing they though the exhibit was and asked our opinions. Val and I bit our tongues and proceeded with our day. From there, there were some seriously strange exhibits in this place that I can only tell stories about. We left feeling like we had been in the twilight zone all day, somewhat confused. Its always an adventure.