Today, a week after starting my new job, I finally went to hospital orientation. It was an almost-all-day affair. As such things go, this one was pretty good.
One nice thing about where I'm working is the neighborhood. Orientation was held in a first-floor conference room. I used my camera phone to shoot a picture out one of the windows...
Despite being one of the large hospitals in Manhattan, the front of which faces a major avenue, all you have to do is walk around the side to be in tree-lined streets of lovely brownstones. It's really a great neighborhood.
Then, on the way home, I rode up to Grand Central Station, so I could buy some olive oil and other yummy products at Oliviers & Co.
In addition to some of this year's oils (yes, they have a vintage--in the case of olive oil, the fresher it is, the better) from a few different regions, I brought home an apricot/almond spread that's wonderful, and I bought some balsamic vinegar for Marc. I don't usually like balsamic vinegar (or any vinegar), but this stuff is good. Leave it to Oliviers to get me to like the stuff (at least their version of it). Lastly, I got a jar of their pesto. Yum.
An extra treat was the visit to Grand Central Station itself. Walking through the station is like walking through a work of art. It was impressive before its renaissance several years ago. Now, it's simply gorgeous. Anyone visiting New York would do well to allot some time for a visit to this wonderful monument.