Here’s a fact: When you go to school in Ithaca, a town not exactly centrally-located, you won’t have a lot of friends/family stopping by. Sure, I’ve hosted prospective students and the occasional friend traveling through the region…but overall, I know that if I had opted for a school in NYC or Boston, I might be seeing a little bit more of my loved ones.
I guess this does make the occasion all the more special when people you know do stop by–and that recently happened!
That’s right–a few of my cousins decided to venture up to Ithaca, to see me and take in the attractions around town. I definitely am glad they did; I love when people come up, because it’s very easy to get trapped in the “Cornell bubble,” and not be kept up to date on happenings outside of Ithaca. Because I don’t have a car on campus, I’ll definitely jump at any chance to break out of my daily grind–and that includes seeing people I wouldn’t regularly see, talking about things that are happening–GASP–in the outside world, venturing to off-campus eateries, exploring the area, and doing all sorts of fun things I wouldn’t be doing otherwise.
So, you ask…
What did I do with my visitors?
In no particular order:
1) Wegman’s (obviously!)
I’ve mentioned Wegmans over and over…and over, but for those of you who aren’t in the know, be advised that Wegman’s is paradise–plain and simple. Any loyal Ithacan will sing the praises of this chain supermarket, as its selection is incredible and offerings are delicious. (No, Wegman’s isn’t paying me to say this.) After wandering through what some might describe as “heaven” for 45 minutes, my cousins generously paid for some dorm essentials (read: Tostitos, Dr. Pepper, etc.) and we were on our way.
I'm thinking this should be their tagline.
2) Ithaca Farmers Market
I have something to confess. I’ve been living in Ithaca for more than an academic year, yet this was my first visit to the Farmer’s Market. The FM is a really popular Ithaca attraction where local farmers, vendors, etc. gather to showcase their products…and it was definitely a neat experience (and an entirely different experience from Wegman’s). I’d definitely recommend going.
Despite the soggy weather, we decided to visit the annual Applefest event on the Ithaca Commons. Not too much is coming to my mind about it, as we were only there for a short time…but it seemed to be well attended by students and locals. Believe it or not, there was a highlight; I actually ran into Granny Smith herself! (I can hear you cringing at the awkwardness of this pun as I write it…)
4) Ithaca Brewery
Also on my cousins’ “to-do” list was to visit the Ithaca Brewery…where free factory tours and samples of locally-brewed beer were offered. No, I’m not 21 (and nor do I look it), so I wasn’t able to partake in the imbibing, but they were able to offer me some of the best darn root beer and ginger beer I’ve ever had.
(Anyone else find it odd to see a picture on here that’s not covered with text or a big red arrow?)
5) Johnson Museum of Art
Look, I’m an Econ major. I just don’t have a very sophisticated taste in art, unless you count the macaroni noodle frame I made my dad for Father’s Day in 3rd grade. (Heck, coloring in between the lines is still hard for me.) So while you’d have to ask my fellow blogger and museum connoisseur Keely for insight on the exhibits I saw, I can tell you we had a great time wandering around the interestingly-shaped building–and got a great view of the Cornell campus from the top.
No, I didn't actually make this specific frame...but the point still remains: I am not an art connaisseur.
Showing my cousins around the Cornell campus certainly allowed me to put my extensive knowledge of the campus to use; take a peek:
6) Apple picking!
While most of the apples I deal with on a daily basis have a touch-screen, we did spend a good portion of the day Sunday at a local orchard, enjoying the fall colors and picking apples. We had a good time, despite the not-great weather conditions.
(Looking over this list, I’m not sure whether to find it awesome or depressing that 5/6 things on this list involved food.)
Well, dear reader, my cousins are one group of people that I can check off the “Love Me Enough to Visit Me” list. Other friends and family–know you have an open invite to come up anytime. Please? I might even make you a pasta-glued photo frame. I also specialize in stick-figured family portraits and hand-shaped Thanksgiving turkeys, if that’s your thing too.
As I sit here in the Statler’s Nestle library finishing up this post, I just realized that I have 9 minutes to make it to my programming lecture. So I’ll be wrapping this up now…
Thanks for reading!