May 19 - 23 Syracuse

Trip Start Mar 02, 2008
Trip End Dec 03, 2008

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Elaine Beechy

Flag of United States  , New York
Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Driving into town, my first impression was that it felt like a college town and if it weren't for the cold weather, I could live there.   On my way in, a patrol car got the car in front of me and my conscious felt like I should pull over too.  Instead I breathed a silent Thank You and slowed down.

Syracuse marks a change of course.  I was no longer going North, my trip to the West had now begun.   It's interesting in my network of friends how different we all are at an economic level.   In Syracuse, I stayed with my friend Elaine in her penthouse overlooking the city.   I loved the panoramic views from the roof.  Interior brick walls and high ceilings gave the feeling of something out of a magazine.    Elaine had a basket of goodies waiting in my room for me.  

Elaine arranged for me to speak on a conference call to a group of parents.   That was fun to reconnect with some folks I'd met at different seminars and to meet some new ones. 

We spent time running around looking at the local sites, drinking Starbucks and we took a day trip to a town pronounced SkinnyAtlas where we dined in luxury at the Spa and took gorgeous photo's in the garden.    The rest of the day was spent shopping.

Hands down Syracuse wins the best food award.

The home made bread from the bakery;
Dinosaur BBQ, brisket and spiced shrimp;
Mexican Fish Stew and Salad
Real Italian Lasagna and meatballs

I dropped Elaine off at the airport and spent the last night alone in the penthouse.   For someone who was couch surfing and staying with friends all along the way, I was getting the best of both worlds to have connecting time and down time. 

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