• Syracuse Winter Learning Moment 2018

    February 19, 2018 | Trip Recaps
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  • Day 1 • February 16, 2018

    A photo of Downtown Syracuse New York | by Tony Shi Photos | Syracuse has functioned as a major crossroads over the last two centuries, first between the Erie Canal and its branch canals, then of the railway network. Today, Syracuse is located at the intersection of Interstates 81 and 90, and its airport is the largest in the region. Syracuse is home to Syracuse University, a major research university, as well as Le Moyne College, a nationally recognized liberal arts college. In 2010, Forbes rated Syracuse fourth in the top 10 places in the U.S. to raise a family.[

    Well, today I embark on another awesome adventure! This time, it is to Syracuse, which is in upstate New York. I got up at 4:15 AM and got to South Station at about 6:00 AM, and the Greyhound bus left at 6:45 AM. It was full, and I had a seat mate from Boston to Springfield, then one from Springfield to Syracuse. The ride was very uncomfortable, and it felt like we were jammed in like sardines, similar to how subway systems usually are during rush hours. We had a break in Albany, however I just stayed on the bus. I arrived into Syracuse at 2:40 PM, Sam was right there to pick me up, and the adventure around Syracuse started!

    Our first stop was Destiny USA, which is the biggest mall in the state of New York. The mall has three levels, and since I didn’t eat while on the bus, it was great to enjoy Arby’s, as well as a beer at Gordon Biersch, a popular restaurant chain around New York and other locations down south. We arrived at Sam’s apartment about 5:30 PM, and it was great to meet her awesome roommates. After resting, we enjoyed great late night Chinese food from Asian Palace. The dumplings, crab Rangoon, and general’s chicken were great, and there is even some leftover. To end our first night, we went to Beer Belly Deli & Pub, as well as explored the neighborhood. There are many shops and restaurants within walking distance of Sam’s apartment, making it super convenient. Tomorrow will be full of even more surprises as I embark on my first full day in Syracuse!

  • Day 2 • February 17, 2018

    A photo of the inside of Zebb's Grill & Bar in Mattydale, New York

    Today, after sleeping in, I enjoyed leftover Chinese food, and we pretty much hung out at the apartment all day. Sam and her boyfriend David both had car problems, so it was awesome to just relax. That night, while Sam hosted a ski trip, David and I went to an awesome restaurant called Zebb’s Grill & Bar, which is in the Mattydale neighborhood. The beers were the mugs, similar to the beers that are at the Pourhouse in Boston. I had two of those, and an awesome burger and fresh hand-cut fries.

    We got home at about 7:30, and I enjoyed some wine while enjoying Sirius radio. I went to bed at about 10:00 PM, and tomorrow will be a great last day wandering around Syracuse!!

  • Day 3 • February 18, 2018

     An evening photo of the exterior Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse New York. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que settled in 1988 in downtown Syracuse, N.Y., as a quick-service lunch/dinner bar-b-que joint. In 1990, the restaurant tripled in size, adding a full bar, full service dining and live music. Since then, Dinosaur has opened eight additional locations: Rochester, NY (1998); Harlem, NY (2004); Troy, NY (2010); Newark, NJ (2012); Stamford, CT (2012); Brooklyn, NY (2013) and Buffalo, NY (2014).

    Today, after sleeping in, Sam and I ventured around downtown Syracuse. It was warm out, about 40 degrees. Usually, it’s quite cold in Syracuse, so we lucked out. We walked around, and enjoyed lunch at the Dinosaur Barbecue, a Syracuse landmark. I had sausage and beef brisket, which melted in your mouth. Additionally, they had many different sauces to try, and I tried the habanero sauces, which one of them was wicked hot! Sam had a barbecue sandwich, which she really enjoyed.

    After lunch, we walked all the way back to Sam’s apartment, which was a 45-minute walk! But it felt good to walk all of the food off, and the weather was still warm. That night, I ordered from yet another Chinese place, called New Garden, located Near Syracuse University. Asian Palace was better, but it was good to try another Chinese place, and I had leftovers for breakfast tomorrow before I head back. It is hard to believe that tomorrow, I had back to Boston!

  • Day 4 • February 19, 2018

    Today, I got up at around 8:00 AM, enjoyed leftover Chinese food from last night, and got to the Syracuse bus terminal at about 9:45 AM. The bus left on time at 10:15, and it was full. Upon arrival into Albany at 1:15, because there were so many people traveling, Greyhound actually switched those passengers that were only going to Boston on to an express bus, which was great! This is the first time in my experience riding Greyhound that they actually had an extra bus. The regular bus still stopped in Springfield and Worcester before Boston, but since I chose to take the express, I think that I got to Boston about an hour earlier! I then got an Uber home, and got home at about 5:30. What an amazing adventure!