Sunday, March 29, 2009

Let the Fun Begin

Monday, March 23rd was officially the first day of the College Tour part of our trip back east.

Since we were in NYC, we decided to visit two city schools: Columbia University & New York University (NYU).

Each visit included a one hour info session led by an Admissions staff person and a one hour campus tour led by a current student.

Columbia University, New York City
A gorgeous campus in the middle of a fantastic city with a compelling academic reputation. Hopefully Joey will keep this school on his list.
Old Columbia Library

Joey on the Columbia Tour with dorms in the background
After Columbia University, we caught a cab down to NYU, however, we did not take any pictures and it seems it is off Joey's list anyway, so nothing lost. The school did not have a true campus feel and the programs did not seem to match up to Joey's needs.

We did stop into a great Ukrainian restaurant near the NYU campus and had pierogi and stroganoff. Yum! 
After our tour of NYU and delicious lunch, we caught the subway at Cooper Union Station and headed back to Times Square where we walked two blocks from our hotel and picked up a Budget Rental Car--who would have thought you could pick up a rental car two blocks from Times Square and then drive three blocks and be on an expressway out of town.
After a 90 mile drive up to the Hudson River Valley, we arrived at our next destination. The Olde Rhinebeck Inn was a lovely B&B located in Rhinebeck, NY, a few short miles from our Tuesday morning appointment.
We each had our own room and the breakfast of fresh fruit, stuffed french toast, scrambled eggs and chicken breakfast sausage certainly satisfied our cravings for a real breakfast.

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