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Last weekend went by offered one of the great experiences I had in this country. Friends, sandwiches, snacks, wine, poker, lake, beautiful weather – all packed into one and it culminated into a fantastic summer picnic in the gorgeous Central Park amidst the hustle bustle of the “New York” city.

I have never been a fan of picnicking even in my childhood days. No..seriously! I believe everyone is different. But this was truly fantastic and it clearly goes as one of the best memories I will take away from this country.

Central Park sprawls across 840 acres at the center of the beautiful Manhattan. It makes me wonder how they manage to maintain this lush green in between the man made concrete skyscrapers. To me New York was initially a kind of concrete jungle with tall buildings and state of architecture all around. During weekends they block the vehicles traffic and the roads become the delight of joggers and bikers (they call it bikes here instead of cycles) to enjoy the fresh air.

A group of closed friends decided to soak into the start of the summers. So we ended up deciding to do this central park thing. Did some basic preparation – sandwiches, snacks, water cooler and poker and off we took the PATH train from Jersey to the City and a small cab ride to reach the destination. Now, Central Park has so many different areas where you can lay down your blanket and picnic basket. We picked up a beautiful spot near the man-made lake and the famous “Bow Bridge”. Now for those who love romantic flicks, you will find number of romantic shots taken on this bridge from popular movies such as “You have got a mail”, “Maid in Manhattan”.

5 hours flew by endless chit chats, people watching, and playing poker. Alcohol is technically prohibited in this park, but we managed to sip in some delicious wine under the wraps. We plan to do this one more time before summers fades away.

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This summer would be one exciting time I am looking forward to. Coupled with my parents first ever trip outside India, there are some adventures planned as well – 4 miles mud race, bungee jumping, hiking and camping, and if time permits snorkeling.  And yes of course world’s largest roller coaster is on the cards as well.

A few must do to activities in summers are not forgotten– beaches, biking, barbecue, tennis and the list goes on.

Tomorrow we plan to do a picnic session with close friends in Central Park in New York. We have also rented a bike for a couple of hours to burn some calories and enjoy the scenic Central Park.

Preliminary preparations are on for parents visit. 8 weekends and all weekends are already planned. Just realizing that 8 weekends are not enough as well. One weekend dedicated to the mecca of Indians visiting US – Niagara Falls. Another one to show them the symbol of freedom what United States of America stands for – Statue of Liberty. Next what we call as the face of US – White House and Capitol Hill. And a few things here and there. It would be exciting to show them the culture and lifestyle here.

That’s pretty much! 🙂

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