Hello!

One of the stops on my roadtrip last month was in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, home to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, which of course, we had to go check out!

There were exhibits on cowboys through time, starting with the pioneers and their interactions with Native Americans across the country, and all the way through to the 20th century and even into modern day. Who knew there were so many different kinds of saddles?

Or so many different types of branding sticks, used to brand and mark cows?

This was one of my favorite displays – they were talking about different kinds of cowboys across the states. The Hawaiian cowboy certain has a distinctively Hawaiian flair to his cowboy outfit, don’t you think?

A large statue of Buffalo Bill – probably one of the most famous cowboys in history. This was found in the garden behind the museum, quite beautiful and a peaceful little escape.

They even had an exhibit with a full fake Western town, a replica of what a small town in the West would have looked like in the late 1800s!

If you ever find yourself in Oklahoma City, this museum is definitely worth a look! You can find everything from paintings to statues to interactive exhibits on Western rodeos!

Until next time,

Attrace

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{carlsbad, nm} semi-spelunking

September 27, 2017

Hi all!

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to drive my car across the country from San Diego to DC and had some fun stops along the way. One of these stops was Carlsbad Caverns National Park. I hadn’t heard of this national park before this trip, but as the largest open cave in the Western Hemisphere, it was so worth it!

While there is an easy access elevator directly down into the cave from the Visitor Center, there is also a “natural entrance”, shown here, with a steep winding path down to the cave floor. It’s not quite like what early spelunkers might have had to endure, but it was definitely a cool, slightly eerie experience.

Once you reach the bottom of the winding path, you enter the “big room” – a natural limestone cavern large enough to fit over 6 football fields inside! This is just one shot looking out at part of the “room”.

Check out these stalagmite formations! There were all sorts of different kinds and shapes of formations in the cavern.

As a disclaimer, there is absolutely no way pictures can capture the grandeur of this place – definitely make it a stop on your next road trip or trip through New Mexico and see it for yourself!

~attrace

I was recently in Toronto for a radiology conference. The week prior to the conference I actually met aguy who was from Toronto who gave me a list of places to try. One of them was a restaurant called Patois, which is a fusion of Chinese and Caribbean flavors. I was intrigued so made sure to try this place while I was there. Boy, was it interesting! The flavors were good, but a little heavy at times. We ordered a pineapple bun burger, which was essentially a burger served on one of those Asian pastry pineapple buns – it was quite tasty. Next, the fried cauliflower with sweet sriracha sauce which was much too spicy for my likely. Third, we ordered a jerk chicken chow mien which was flavorful but a bit salty. Overall, I enjoyed this unique combination of flavors and glad I tried this place…Not sure if I would go back for a
second round though.


Pineapple bun


Fried cauliflower – much spicier than it looks!


Jerk chicken chow mien

Living in New York City, I’ve gone to the MET a good number of times for school purposes. Recently, as an Orientation Leader at my school, I brought a number of new students to the MET and although I wasn’t super excited to take another hike uptown to get to the MET, I was excited to finally get to see Rei Kawakubo’s exhibit.

Rei Kawakubo is a Japanese fashion designer who founded the brand Comme des Garçons. Her exhibit was called “Art of the In-Between” and it showcased many of the interesting pieces that she has created throughout the decades that she has been designing.

Her pieces are known for being incredibly unique and she has opened up a whole new style of fashion designing. As a fashion design student myself, it was definitely an interesting exhibit and I appreciate Rei Kawakubo and the work that she has done.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the exhibit:

 

Hello!

Earlier this month, I was fortunate enough to visit the tiny country of Luxembourg as part of a longer trip to a few countries in Europe. I took a 45 minute train and bus ride to a small town called Vianden in the north of the country, where you can find the Chateau de Vianden, or the Vianden Castle.

The view of the castle as I was walking down the hill back into town

I chose a good day to come – there happened to be a medieval festival happening at the castle the week I was in town, which really brought the restored time-period architecture to life. Pictured here is a dueling knights show!

I also got to try my hand at shooting a crossbow – I definitely need some more practice with this. My aim was not the best…

Check out this supposedly medieval era carousel ride! The operator needed to hand crank the wheel for the seats to start moving. There was way more than I can fit here, but the festival also had a glass blower, many stands selling handmade goods and sweets, medieval dancers and music performances, and even a hawk you could pay 2 Euro to hold!

Here is a model of what the castle would have looked like in 1643. In the 1800s, the castle was essentially reduced to ruins, as pieces were sold off for money, but it was restored to its former glory in 1983, which is how you see the castle today.

Overall, a very satisfying day. Luxembourg in general is such a beautiful country (apparently, 30% of the country is covered in forest), and Vianden had just the right amount of quaint small-town feel for a day trip out of Luxembourg City.

Until next time,

Attrace