My last week in The States

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I’ve been staying with my dear friends Kathy and Julia, just outside Albany, NY. Tomorrow I leave for Vietnam. It’s been a whirlwind of activity here as my friends send me off with a greater appreciation for upstate New York.

Kathy took me to Van's, a Vietnamese restaurant in Albany. This is a tofu steak with a tasty lemongrass sauce.
Kathy took me to Van’s, a Vietnamese restaurant in Albany. This is a tofu steak with a tasty lemongrass sauce.
We had some great food, including fish at The Cat's Meow, a local lunch spot.
We had some great food, including fish at The Cat’s Meow, a local lunch spot.
I helped Julia with a lovely fundraiser at this historic house in Albany, NY.
I helped Julia with a lovely fundraiser at this historic house in Albany, NY.
I love caves and we had a particularly good tour guide at Howe Caverns.
I love caves and we had a particularly good tour guide at Howe Caverns.

 

At Howe Caverns, it's really dark. This is one of the best photos inside the cave. We also went on an underground boat ride during the cave tour.
At Howe Caverns, it’s really dark. This is one of the best photos inside the cave. We also went on an underground boat ride during the cave tour.
Kathy took me to a small, but well done Iroquois museum. This tells a bit about these Native Americans. Wish the photo was better.
Kathy took me to a small, but well done Iroquois museum. This tells a bit about these Native Americans. Wish the photo was better.
At the Iroquois Museum there is a small pool in the basement activity room with real turtles swimming around a turtle sculpture, In their creation myth, the earth is a turtle.
At the Iroquois Museum there is a small pool in the basement activity room with real turtles swimming around a turtle sculpture, In their creation myth, the earth is a turtle.
Julia and I went to The Big E, a regional state fair. This bunny on the left was the oddest animal we saw.
Julia and I went to The Big E, a regional state fair. This bunny on the left was the oddest animal we saw.
There were draft horse pulls in the arena at The Big E.
There were draft horse pulls in the arena at The Big E.
MIdway at The Big E. We also did a wine tasting where I was stung by a wasp. Worse wine I've ever had, so we didn't buy any.
MIdway at The Big E. We also did a wine tasting where I was stung by a wasp. Worse wine I’ve ever had, so we didn’t buy any.
But I got a lot of wonderful wine during my stay. Kathy, Julia and I stayed in a cozy cottage on Seneca Lake, one of the FInger Lakes. It's become quite a wine growing region. This was outside our back door. We could see the sunrise in the morning.
But I got a lot of wonderful wine during my stay. Kathy, Julia and I stayed in a cozy cottage on Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes. It’s become quite a wine growing region. This was outside our back door. We could see the sunrise in the morning.
We saw a lot of grapes growing in Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. We tasted a LOT of wine too.
We saw a lot of grapes growing in Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. We tasted a LOT of wine too.
In addition to wines, we also tried a few spirits. This place made their own gin and whiskey.
In addition to wines, we also tried a few spirits. This place made their own gin and whiskey.
Julia and I went to the Garlic Festival. You just never know what you might see there.
Julia and I went to the Garlic Festival. You just never know what you might see there.
There was lots of produce at the Garlic Festival and over a dozen different kinds of garlic. Who knew there were so many. The local garlic is called "Music" so I brought some of that home for Kathy.  Julia and I also tried Garlic Chocolate Chip Cookies. I can cross that off my list for the rest of my life. I'm a culinary adventurer, but some things I don't eat twice.
There was lots of produce at the Garlic Festival and over a dozen different kinds of garlic. Who knew there were so many. The local garlic is called “Music” so I brought some of that home for Kathy.
Julia and I also tried Garlic Chocolate Chip Cookies. I can cross that off my list for the rest of my life. I’m a culinary adventurer, but some things I don’t eat twice.
...and Julia brought me back a Moxie soda from Maine.
…and Julia brought me back a Moxie soda from Maine.

And for my last evening meal in the USA, I had pizza. Can you think of anything more American that that? LOL

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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Mexico and Peru. I'm exploring the world and you can come too!

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