Poughkeepsie, though, was no better. I personally love the heat and this kind of weather, but it'd be a little easier to walk around college campuses in a little more comfortable weather. The train ride up to Poughkeepsie was beautiful; the Hudson River Valley is teeming with natural beauty and the scenery on the ride up was very enjoyable.
Anyway, we visited FDR's home, which was a very impressive and beautiful place. Our tour guide was extremely informative, and after the tour, I had an interesting talk with him about President Roosevelt's decision to hide his disability rather than stand tall with what God had given him and try to disprove some society's misled associations of physical disabilities with weakness and mental disabilities. The guide told me that at the time, while it may have been a stand for open-mindedness, the image of disabilities at the time was too string to overcome, and FDR likely would not have been reelected had the public known how much trouble he actually had with polio.
|FDR's home in Hyde Park|
|The resting place of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt|
After returning to New York and getting dressed for another fancy dinner, we arrived at Le Bernardin at about 8 PM. The restaurant experience was fantastic; the food was once again phenomenal and I ate it all up before thinking of taking any pictures. It was my first time ever trying (or even hearing of) Geoduck, which apparently is some combination of clams and some sauces and vegetables which I was unable to recognize. I also tried lobster for the first time (also loved that) and as my main course, I had the Black Bass in some tasty black sauce which I also could not identify. The dinner itself was extremely delicious, possibly the best I've had on this trip.
Funny side story: This entire trip, I haven't had a sip of anything but water (and milk for breakfast). I've seen sodas and sugary juices and felt the temptations, but I had been able to resist simply because I felt it'd be good to stay hydrated and better for my health to stay away from sugary drinks. I don't know why I decided to do this now, as I've always been conscious about what I eat, but never smart enough to resist the temptations of unhealthy food. Anyway, I had gone about 4 days on only water, and when the waiter tonight asked me if I wanted a drink, I told him just water. He ended up bringing me a Sprite, and I only noticed after taking a few big sips. I joked with Mrs. Kronenberg and Mrs. L that they had set a trap for me to finally end my streak. With a soda finally in front of me, the temptation was too much and I finished the Sprite, and when the waiter asked me for another, I told I was fine. Further proving my trap theory, he brought me another Sprite. When we switched tables, I purposely left the Sprite at the old table, but he kindly made a third attempt to give me a drink I had never even ordered by bringing it to me from the old table. I don't know if I made this funny over text, but it was pretty funny when it happened.
Lastly, we had a big discussion over dinner about how we can improve the process of achieving the Ivy League Connection's main goal: to have each of us students give back to the district everything we learned. We struggled over students' lack of interest in college, or their misled assumptions that they cannot afford it (I'm forgetting the specifics, but Holy Names University in Oakland is currently offering students in our district a FREE education if they have low family income and a GPA of 3.0 or above.). We argued and shared ideas about how to best solve these problems, and I won't go into too much depth about what we found due to the current time and their complexity, but I will write about our solutions more as we apply them and carry them out.