I sometiems get nervous telling someone I’m a Harry Potter fan. Mainly . . . telling a Christian someone that I’m a Harry Potter fan. All because of the ol’ controversy about magic. Which has some valid points, but also which gets blown out of proportion most of the time. Aaaaaanyway . . . we each have our own story. Mine is that Harry Potter changed my life. But that’s a story for another day. It is applicable today, however, because I want to tell you about the day I saw J. K. Rowling.
This, my friends, is an Adventuring Author post. I do these sometimes–share an adventure of mine just because life is meant to be shared. Adventures inspire us. I love reading about other people’s travels and seeing their photos and living vicariously through them. After all, isn’t that one reason we read books? To go on an adventure and emerge inspired?
Last weekend, Hubby and I traveled to New York to have a “weekend away” and celebrate our 5-year anniversary a bit early. We did New Yorky things such as walking everywhere (so much walking!), eating giant slices of pizza, going to a Broadway show, and pretending we were being attacked by pigeons in Central Park. (Home Alone 2, anyone?). But one specific event made us choose New York for our little “getaway” . . . and that was the chance to see J. K. Rowling in person.
How did this J. K. Rowling thing happen?
It was a special event to raise money for Rowling’s charity, Lumos. Way back when, we bought tickets to attend Carnegie Hall for the early screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as well as hear J. K. Rowling speak. #fangirl
She didn’t talk about just anything. She talked about Lumos.
Lumos is about ending institutionalization around the world and it’s something that I strongly believe in. My first ever trip out of the country was to an orphanage in Russia when I was 14. As I walked through the doors, two little girls ran into my arms. I didn’t know them. I’d never seen them before. We didn’t even speak the same language. But they needed love. Kind physical contact. Hugs. And so much more.
Often times children don’t get that in an orphanage–even if the orphanage (on a rare occasion) is doing it’s absolute best to provide it. Orphanages just aren’t set up to provide this. Here is an informational video about it
It was an honor to be able to support what they’re doing. The charity is set up and projects to be able to end institutionalization completely by 2050.
So that is part of my J. K. Rowling story. We won’t talk about how I waited in a line for 3 hours to try and meet her (to no avail) or how I managed to make it all the way to the Carnegie Hall House Manager to try and get a letter delivered to her. (Still waiting to hear back on that one. 😛 ) Or how I squealed so loudly when she walked on stage that I startled even the resident mice.
What else happened in New York?
The Lumos screening was just one night–and a wonderful one at that! But there was much more to our adventure than just the movie screening. We explored Central Park and it was far more gorgeous than even I had imagined from the movies I’ve seen. Not creepy at all! (Though we only explored about 5% of it, if that.) We found the Plaza Hotel (serious Home Alone 2 obsession, here.) and then whistled the Home Alone song all day long. In fact, we’re watching the movie tonight! Ha! Who cares that it’s still November? BRING ON THE CHRISTMAS MOVIES! (I blame it on New York.)
We bypassed the Empire State Building and didn’t even realize that we’d passed it. Yeah. That was weird. We took pictures of Sara Ella’s book, Unblemished, at locations mentioned in her book (because it takes place in Central Park! How cool is that?) We visited the giant library with the lion’s heads (boooooooks!), OH! and we saw this little Broadway show called WICKED.
It’s a retelling of The Wizard of Oz, but mainly about the wicked witch and her story as she grew up. It’s the beeeeest! And hubby really enjoyed it, too. Galinda’s voice was exquisite and she totally stole the show. I’ve been humming the songs ever since we returned and I’m hoping that this will get hubby addicted to the theater so we can go ALL THE TIME. (Though maybe not all the way to New York.)
What did I think about New York?
Very different than Missouri. 😛 I enjoyed seeing so many places that I recognized from movies. There were people everywhere and the amount of walking was awful and awesome at the same time. (I love using my feet to get places!) It was freezing and neither hubby or I packed appropriately, but we braved the cold anyway. I found it interesting that, because the buildings are so tall you hardly encounter the sun all day! O.o It just doesn’t make it into the alleys or roads for very long.
The smells of New York were, well…varied. Sometimes it was a fresh pretzel on the street corner, and other times it was the piles of trash bags everywhere waiting to be picked up (I assumed.) We had difficulty finding an “in between” place to eat. It was either a fast-food style restaurant that didn’t provide seating, or a sit-down restaurant that demanded your first born child as payment. When in doubt…EAT PIZZA. The pizza was good, guys.
Overall, it was an exciting three-day adventure that sent me back home with inspiration to write (and watch Home Alone 2). That’s a glimpse of my story. Now I want to know yours:
Where is the last place you traveled? What did you do?
If you could go to New York, what’s the first thing you’d do/see?