Diary: One Nation, Under God, Indivisible

Let’s start with the conclusion: Washington, D.C. – or, at least, the National Mall and the Tidal Basin – is a mandatory visit for any self-respecting United States citizen.

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Diary: On Museums And Self-Respect

I have the immense pleasure of living mere minutes away from some of the world’s greatest collections of art, culture and history in the world. The full list of consequential institutions would stretch for longer than Museum Mile: the Met, Guggenheim, Natural History, Cloisters, Breuer… and that’s not even delving into the specialized niches, like…

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Diary: The Day After…

Congratulations America, you survived two years’ worth of yet another round of presidential elections. Yesterday, we headed out to the polls, filled in a bunch of circles, and elected the next Most Powerful Man In The World. The results came in, speeches were made, whoops were heard, tears were shed. There will be protests, some…

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Diary: Finding Some Peace + Quiet

My apartment window, in New York City, faces one of the busiest avenues in the neighborhood. Ambulances and honking drivers are a daily occurrence, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg; if I had a nickel for every time I was shocked out of my beauty sleep at four in the morning by a…

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Diary: Welcome to the subway, ignore the smell

My commute to and from work is usually the same every day: wake up at around 8 in the morning, take a shower, eat some toast, then walk the block-and-a-half it takes to get to the Myrtle Av./Broadway J,M,Z station (trust me, the subway system is less complicated than it sounds at first glance). I…

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Diary: Hello Florida!

I relapsed. I’ve been so good – I haven’t spent all of my money on Disney tsum tsums, I didn’t go out and get a Mickey tattoo on my forearm, and I didn’t post any Snaps with the caption, ‘MISSING DISNEY SO MUCH’. But then, a few weeks ago, I realized that my Universal Studios season pass…

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Diary: 2016 In The Big Apple

One more year, one more tally mark on the chalkboard. No, I’m not going to the Times Square Ball Drop, just like every other sane-minded New Yorker. If I wanted to stand around in the cold for six hours with people who don’t understand the concept of hygiene, I would be back at Disney World….

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The Disney Diaries: One Month Later

Eight months really did go by in a blink of an eye. I think back on that one balmy January morning, my first day in Florida, and I remember my heart pounding in anticipation as I moved past the welcome banner strung up at the entrance to our check-in location. It’s happening, I remember telling…

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The Disney Diaries: The Land vs. The World (Part 2)

Last time, we talked about duplicate attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and about how just because the names were the same didn’t mean the ride experiences were the same, either. In fact, most of them are not – there’s usually a clear delineation between the West Coast and the East Coast. In the…

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The Disney Diaries: A Long List of Thank You’s

Well, the time is here. My time with the Disney College Program is officially counting down in its last week, and how the days have flown by! Never did I imagine that eight months would go by so quickly, but here I am, thinking about packing and selling things and worrying about my luggage and…

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The Disney Diaries: Ranking The Final (And Only) Four

There’s a time for work… and there’s a time for play. Obviously, the majority of my time here at Walt Disney World with the Disney College Program consists of work in one form or another (4:00 A.M. wake-up calls, beyond-midnight shifts, and entire days on your feet), and that’s plenty of material for another post by…

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