New York mini-vacation

After playing host for most of July, we decided to treat ourselves to a little mini-getaway for a couple of days just for a change of scenery. After looking at various possibilities we decided to go to New York. This may sound strange, given how much both of us hate New York, but we had a good reason for going: Iron Sky.

Iron Sky is a new sci-fi/comedy movie that was conceived and initiated in Finland and produced with a lot of international crowdsourcing. E. knows a few people who were involved in making the film. It is not being widely released in the US but there are individual showings being organized around the country. We have since discovered showings being organized closer to us, but when we were making our getaway plans, New York was the most easily accessible place which had a confirmed showing. So we decided we might as well go there, and I’m glad we did.

The movie was very impressive as a visual spectacle. The movie was well directed and the special effects were on par with any Hollywood blockbuster. We both found the story a little lacking (when your premise is “Nazis on the moon,” the script has a lot of selling to do), but it’s exciting to see something like this come out of Finland.

We also got discounted tickets to see Spider-man: Turn off the Dark. We got very good orchestra seats from TKTS and we enjoyed the show. For all of its reputation as a troubled production, it was a lot of fun. I gather that the script has been changed a lot from Julie Taymor’s original rather Spider-man-free vision and now it is a creditable stage rendition of Spider-man’s origin story. The aerial stunts and acrobatics were impressive and the main actors handled their roles well.

We also, of course, made the pilgrimage back to Pisticci, our favorite restaurant and pretty much the only thing we do miss from New York. We went their for dinner one night and lunch the next day, even though we were otherwise down on lower Manhattan and it was a bit out of our way. The food is just as good as we remember and the atmosphere just as cozy.

Everything went well until we were on our way home when heavy weather delayed our flight to Boston by over six hours. Fortunately, we were mostly stuck in the airport and only spent the last hour sitting on the plane waiting to take off and the plane crew were very good about handing out drinks and snacks and keeping us updated on the situation.

Now we’re home again and starting to get ready to go back to work in the fall.

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