I’ve written before about being a morning person. Now that I’m living downtown in Manhattan and need to get about 80 blocks uptown every morning to meet my carpool, morning has taken on a whole new meaning. Today was particularly early because, as the only member of a four-person carpool who doesn’t own a vehicle, I provide coffee or pastries once a week. Fair trade, right? Fuel comes in different forms! Last night was Back to School Night, so our coffee is especially important this morning.
But early mornings are alright, really. Today the sky over the East River looked like this:
A great pleasure since returning to the East Coast of the USA has been long evenings. The sun sets much later here in the summer than in Malaysia and Singapore. The Summer Solstice was two days ago; the sun rose at 5:31am and set at 8:54pm. Unfortunately, the days get shorter from here, leading to the Winter Solstice on December 21 when the sun will rise at 7:40am and set at 4:38pm. In Malaysia and Singapore the sun rises and sets between 7 and 7:30 all year long. Time doesn’t seem to pass nearly as quickly.
Last night, Mitch and I drove out to Mendon Ponds Park in the evening. Mendon Ponds is the largest of Monroe County’s parks with 2,500 acres of land and water. We stopped at Hundred Acre Pond to take in the spectacular view. (Please click on the picture – it’s a panorama and it shows up much more clearly when enlarged.)
As excited as I am to be returning to Southeast Asia, words cannot express my joy at being in such a beautiful place for the summer.
We’ve been having a ton of rain lately, which is good because Malaysia was in a drought last year but also bad because the dry season should have stated about 6 weeks ago. Meanwhile, it’s the end of March and still snowing back at home. Climate change, anyone?
It rained on our entire drive to Melaka on Saturday, but Mitch and I were rewarded for our perseverance in my Kancil by a beautiful sunset.
Mitch and I spent Saturday night wandering down Jonker Street and through Melaka’s night market eating satay and sweets and browsing shops and stands. We also stopped for a real meal and affordable cocktails at the delicious, vegetarian-friendly Geographér Café.
Photos, travels, musings, and ideas on education by a twenty-something teacher trying to make the world a better and more peaceful place