If you don’t know, Cornell is located in the town of Ithaca which is five hours from New York City by car. Since we had a 3:30 pm tour reserved, that meant we needed to hit the road by about 10 am, which sounds like a relaxing morning, but car rentals from near our Airbnb are expensive so we rented one from La Guardia airport (at the recommendation of our Airbnb host). What that translated into was a 7:30 am checkout from the Airbnb, a Lyft to the airport, then the shuttle bus to the actual rental car depot. Luckily that all went relatively smoothly and we were on the road (after first getting into the wrong car doh!) by 9:30 am. 🚗
The drive was interesting, first leaving Queens and getting a taste of the New York City traffic and soon we crossed the Hudson and were in New Jersey! Woohoo, the second new state of the trip for Bay, and first for me. And in an hour or two, we passed into Pennsylvania, where we made a coffee and breakfast stop in the lovely town of Stroudsburg. A mix of highway and country road driving finally led us to Ithaca and the Cornell campus where we were greeted with more grey skies and rain.
The tour was filled with a lot of general information about campus life, the various schools, and history and trivia, but we weren’t impressed with the campus itself. All the buildings seemed to be placed haphazardly and the architectural style was all over the place. It was really disjointed. Cornell might have the #1 Architecture program in the country (Bay’s desired major is Architecture), but the campus itself was meh.
After the tour, we ventured into the town for a bite to eat and found a taco place named Gorgers. They were actually closing early but we managed to get in and ended up seriously gorging on Sriracha nachos (mine) and a burrito bowl (Bay’s). It was pretty good!
We ended the day at the Rodeway Inn, just outside of town. It was actually very impressive for a budget hotel… the room was huge, bed was king, and there was baseball on the tv! Also, a hot breakfast of eggs, sausage, etc is included.
I hope you also had a nice Monday!