One of the great things about New York is that it doesn't really change. Sure restaurant names change but I found all of my old haunts still there, happily haunted by other women in their twenties who want to set the world on fire. But besides certain restaurants and bars, one of my favorite places to visit is the Museum of Natural History, and no trip to NYC is complete without a visit to the landmark. I saw the Darwin exhibit there and it was awesome (I'd have posted pictures, but cameras were forbidden), complete with 2 live Galapagos sea turtles, a live giant iguana, tons of dead finches, his love letters, and his pro and con list for marriage. Seems the naturalist was plagued by the same issues as most comitment phobes, on his con list, less time with the boys, less money. His study at the Down House was recreated, only 5 objects on display were actually his, one was a black knotted cane. I spoke to one of the guards who told me, his sole job was to watch the cane. The exhibit is there until May 29, 2006. If you're in New York, you have to check it out. I couldn't help posting this pic for anyone out there who also communes with the big blue whale every visit to the big apple. It's comforting to know he's always there—a constant reminder of how small we are and the majesty of nature. His smile is as enigmatic as the Mona Lisa's. He knows something.
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