|The Atlantic Ocean from the Boulders which make up the Cliff Walk|
First things to be mentioned are that I finally got up at a time earlier than eight without going back to sleep, where I actually thought that the bus was coming one hour earlier as well as the weather clearing up! This is literally representative of the idiom, "the calm after the storm." The weather all of today was absolutely clear and sunny. This made me a bit disappointed as I thought that the timing of the thunderstorms and Arthur was absolutely not synchronized and came on America's birthday. I read a news article as this is the first ever recorded hurricane to hit the US on July 4th and it was also the earliest (in a calendar year) hurricane to ever hit the Carolinas. But moving on to the brighter side! The main gist of the story is that I did a tremendous amount of walking today with Bill, a friend from Vancouver and also another larger cluster of people. I do not know if I should regret seeing The Marble House or Rosecliff instead of The Elms but I was not disappointed nor slighted at the least. I just I had distributed the time in certain sections of Newport evenly. The evening concert and the making of ramen afterwards was incredibly fun on the fifth-floor lounge with a group of friends I spent time with while watching fireworks. And even more to join the fun but only for a short while as it was close to curfew.
On a note which has to do with visiting places that aren't in Providence, but in Newport instead was more exciting to me. I don't always think about the geographic distance from home except when I call people and talk to them back home. It is a bit incredible to be away for some time, especially because I ventured into territory without any familiar friends and family (alright maybe Alana and the cohort and maybe friends that I know back East but I rarely spend extended periods of time with) but it is an experience that I don't feel totally disconnected from people that are a part of life. Thus, I have never really felt homesick. I may become to bittersweet if I keep writing about this, and that is for the later blogs. Newport was a bit crowded for my taste as I started to walk down Thames Street to do window shopping and eating. I eventually stopped for some great iced coffee and a pastry that I divulged on-giving me sufficient energy to keep going. After walking and taking in the vibe of Thames some more, we took a turn on a street to lead us to Bellevue, a street with many of the Newport Preservation Society's mansions. I first chose The Breakers as it was definitely one of the more famous mansions and took a tour there after walking along the Cliff Walk. I had chances to see the backyards of the Rosecliff as well as The Marble House with its distinctive Chinese pagoda. The amount of people on the Cliff Walk was substantial given how narrow some sections can be and sections with dark tunnels and boulders that people must step on in order to make progress along the route. The scenery, though, was absolutely breathtaking where I was able to ponder upon life as well as the purpose of y role on this planet and just all the other aspects that come to our mind when you meditate. I did actually have some chances to relax and such but to so facing the great Atlantic Ocean just hit the spot.
|The Elms backyard|
|The crowd of people!|