Saturday, January 30, 2010
Saturday in Massachusetts
We arrived yesterday evening around 5:30 and after checking into our hotel (which I was able to score a major deal at courtesy of Priceline!) we drove over to Hampshire College where we picked up Amanda's friend, Sami. From there we made the short drive to South Hadley where we had a nice dinner at the what appeared to be the most happenin' place in town - Johnny's Bar & Grill.
Following that we popped into a cute little coffee shop that was very eclectic and even featured a singer strumming on her guitar who reminded me a bit of Alanis Morrisette. I wish I could remember the name of the place but I think I was too busy being bemused by the whole experience!
From there it was across the courtyard to a small movie theater where we saw The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, the last movie that Heath Ledger was working on before he died. When Ledger died one-third of the way through filming, his role was recast with Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell portraying transformations of Ledger's character Tony as he travels through a dream world. To be honest, it was hard to tell where one character ended and the other began at times as the movie itself is pretty trippy. Not bad, mind you, but a movie you have to pay close attention to or you'll be totally lost. Definitely not one that you want to get up and go to the restroom or the concession stand during! Amanda, of course, loved it!
Today the plan is to drop the girls off at the local mall so that they can see Sherlock Holmes together (they are both major fans of both the movie and Robert Downey, Jr.) while I see what I can find with the Nikon. Mount Holyoke College is a definite target as it bears a striking resemblance to Harry Potter's Hogwart's and I was enchanted with the campus the first time we drove up here to see Sami. Beyond that, I shall see what I shall see! Like I said, I just hope I don't freeze my fingers off in the process!