Runaway Daily: USA – Day 12. Welcome to New York, The Empire State!

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August 15, 2011

Runaway Daily: USA – Day 12. Welcome to New York, The Empire State!

 

 
I know, I’m little behind, but I decided to not skip my journey of last few days.It was combination of a lot of things. First, there was no accessible WiFi for few days, and second, it was mostly visiting people and having lots of schedules, that not organized by us. I apologize for the late update, but I promise you that you will enjoy my journey! 🙂

Day 12. Welcome to New York, The Empire state!

 

Leaving Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, heading to Albany, New York.

Why Albany?

Yes, I got that a lot. But, why not? 🙂 After all, Albany is the State capital.

 

From Clarks Summit, we were able to easily pass the state border by Interstate Highway, but we decided to take some back roads. Since we love countryside and nature driving, that would be a more fun way to do it.

Passing through New Milford – Susquehanna depot – cross the Welcome to NY State sign (hence, the photo) – Winsor – Oakland – and Albany.

 

Aqua Duck Tour

If you are in Albany, Aqua duck tour is just an essential program of your itinerary. You can guess how it works by name, or you went on one of those tours in other cities, like Boston. This is a tour bus, but it goes in the water. Yes, it’s a boat/bus and it drives on the street and in water. I have to say, I like this kind of tour for once when I got to the city, because it gives you the idea of what is where and the vibe of the city. But the best part of this Aqua Duck Tour was jumping in the Hudson river.

Albany is, hard to describe in one word. It’s a big city with the title ‘capital city of New York State’, but also intimate and warm, just like locals call ‘Small-bany’.

Don’t miss out when you are planning to visit Albany!

 

Aqua duck tour in Albany
 

Yono’s

Oh, Yono’s. This dinner is one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had, for sure. And probably, one of the most expensive ones. They describe their dining as Indonesian cuisine with French presentation. We sat there, eating, drinking, and laughing for two and a half hours without noticing it. It was that good.

I can’t sum up Yono’s in this short paragraph. Two and a half hours of dinner experience at Yono’s, coming soon!
 

Yono's for dinner

 

The Producers

Broadway musical the Producers are on going in Park Playhouse in Washington Park. Open field stage in summer night, with great music and laugh. I haven’t been to New York City Broadway yet, so this was a great preview for me!

I have to warn you though, Washington Park that was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed the Central Park in NYC, is highly easy to get lost. Yes, I’m speaking from my personal experience. 11pm, the show was over, and we wandered around the park for a half an hour to find our car. We were this close (make a small gap using thumb and index finger) to call the cops.

Other than that, the first day in Albany was full of joy!
 

The producers

 
 

*Special thanks to Albany Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for their warm hospitality and gave us a change to ‘An Amazing Discovery’ in Albany!
 
Aqua duck tour in Albany
 
 

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Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

6 Comments

  1. Schuyler says:

    Juno,

    I had a great time showing you all that Albany has to offer. I look forward to reading your post on Yono’s- what an amazing meal.

    Safe travels and keep in touch.

    Schuyler and the rest of the crew in Albany- An Amazing Discovery!

    • Juno says:

      Thanks for stopping by Schuyler! It was really a lot of fun, look around Albany with you. Thanks for everything! We really discovered Albany in a new way. Glad to say that to lots of our readers!
      Stay tuned for updates! 🙂 Say hi to everyone for us.

  2. Gray says:

    You know, it’s never occurred to me that I might travel to Albany and actually have fun. I know, it’s a horrible thing to admit, but as a city, it’s just never seemed all that sexy to me. But you make it sound great! Looks like you had a lot of fun. I’m now going to have to rethink my perception of Albany. Thanks!

  3. ciki says:

    Albany! Never been.. but one day yar:)

  4. Great experience this is Juno. I love the topmost photo, I LOVE NY captured my mind on its sheer beauty 🙂

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