My favorite experience in class was the train trip we took last Friday. We met at 12:30 at Grand Central and we took the train to Irvington, 45 minutes away from NYC. When the train left the city behind, we enjoyed the beautiful landscape, the Hudson River, the Palisades on the New Jersey side and the tall trees welcoming the spring. It’s surprising so close to frenetic NYC we can find a place that invites contemplation and relaxation.
We had the opportunity to walk around Irvington and get to the Rip Van Winkle statue and know about his story. Then we kept walking north until Lyndhurst, a beautiful Gothic style mansion that was once owned by Jay Gould. Although the house was closed because of the season, we walked around, admired the architecture and the gardens and enjoyed a beautiful view of the river. Then we walked to Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, once an estate belonging to the Rockefeller family, and now an educational center to teach how to grow organic foods. Then we walked in the forest and we get lost on our way to Tarrytown. The sense of not knowing with certainty if we were in the right path was concerning for some and very exhausting for many, but I really enjoyed it. To be honest, this was my favorite part of the trip. It made me remember that we have to take advantage of every single experience life offers you and learn from it. Even if you are lost in the woods, with patience, tranquility, and a GPS, of course, we can find a way out!
When we finally made our way to civilization, we walked to Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. These towns are charming and they have some interesting restaurants and wine bars. At almost 7 pm, we took the train back to the city. In summary, it was an amazing 6 hour walk from the wild and frenetic NYC to the peaceful Hudson Valley. I liked it a lot, thanks to Professor Fiore for this amazing trip!
The class at Rip Van Winkle statue at Irvington.
Walking in the middle of the woods… we were not lost… yet!
Back in the civilization!
Sunset at Sleepy Hollow
Coming back to NYC… Sleepy Hollow’s train station.