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Buildings in Buffalo

A Conversation
Wonderful friend Ally: Hey, I have an idea!
Me: Ooh an idea! What is it?
Wonderful friend Ally: Let’s go to Buffalo to learn about architecture! You can make some photographs and I can make some sketches.
Me: You’re brilliant! And wonderful. Let’s go!

So we did.

Today, Ally and I spent the morning on a walking tour of historic, beautiful, and interesting buildings in Buffalo, NY. Even though Buffalo is only an hour from Rochester, I’ve been there for exactly two reasons:

  1. NSYNC concert in 2002
  2. Hockey tournaments for my brother

I can’t tell you nearly as much about the buildings as I’d like to, mostly because I was too busy playing with my camera to pay attention. However, I did manage to caption all the photos in the gallery below with the name of each building. For more information, either contact Ally (a very smart, delightful person who asked the tour guide a whole bunch of intelligent questions) or take a tour!

A really neat bonus was that someone was actually playing the organ at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard live organ music before and really enjoyed it.

After a delicious lunch of toast, cheese, and spicy red peppers at Five Points Bakery, we made our way to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House, which is currently undergoing a massive restoration project. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about all things Frank Lloyd Wright, Martin family, and architecture of the time period. She encouraged us to return for a visit this fall when the restoration will be completed and photos of the interior allowed. The outside of the house is still pretty cool:

I still don’t know much about Buffalo, but it has neat buildings, informative tour guides, tasty toast, and cool street art:

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Cheers to a great friend for a good day!

SG50

Today is National Day in Singapore, which commemorates Singapore’s declaration of independence from Malaysia in 1965. Singapore enjoyed 23 months alongside what is now Malaysia before Singapore decided it would rather be out on its own (or was kicked out during a period of social unrest). The stark differences between the countries today definitely reflect that they were not meant to be together. Since this is Singapore’s Jubilee year, National Day is hyped up more than usual. There are parades and fireworks displays, ceremonies and festivals in numerous neighborhoods, sales on all sort of items all over the city, and promotions of all kinds. My favorite part so far is that we have a four-day weekend. Monday is a public holiday to make up for National Day’s falling on the weekend, and the prime minister declared Friday a public holiday a few months ago, so we had that, too. Majulah Singapura, as they say!

As I went about my business yesterday, I took some photos of National Day decorations. I also got a couple pictures of the promotions going on, but I felt weird about taking pictures of signs in stores; people in the US don’t tend to like that and I didn’t really want to start an argument with anyone.

Happy SG 50!