Ever since the move to Amsterdam traveling has become easier comparing to Moscow and Cyprus and NYC was on mind already for a while so when the opportunity to go came I jumped right on it. It was my 5th time in the city and probably the first time I was really a "tourist" not just a visitor. We stayed in East village which is probably together with West village my favorite part of town and hot the sites. The process involved lots of walking which was great way to feel the energy of the city. I might sound like a cliche but I don't mind : I love love New York City! Just like I love Paris and Cape Town and Hong Kong and Tokyo, I think is just a general big city crush. I love the spirit, the bustle, the constant feeling that you are in the middle of where it's really happening. Probably that's one of the reasons I really love Amsterdam too, although on a much smaller scale, but that's a city where things do happen and history is created.
That and Times Square. Where the consumerism is reaching a whole different level.
One of the best things about visiting NYC is the food. From the teleportation-to-China style lunch places in China town where you pay next to nothing for a dim-sum out of this world up to the fancy urban cafes or a random Ethiopian restaurant next door, or just a cool donut/latte place - it's all food to remember. I got the chance to visit twice the Mogardor in East Village and I was In love with it. It's the kind of place where people queue before opening hours to have a spot for breakfast and it's highly advisable to reserve well in advance for dinner. This tiny little Moroccan restaurant changed my view on chicken. I swear can eat that Chicken Tangine with Charmoulla sauce every day, you could say it was just a chicken stew with green spicy sauce, but then - divine. NYC was a good way to catch up with some old friends and randomly even met a lady I know on the street which resulted to a nice morning coffee. Strangely enough it really felt homey to be back in town and I know I will be back soon. In fact already booked my next trip.
|Niagara falls, Ontario CA|
The views were stunning and the whole feel of it being smitten by the power and beauty of nature a very special feeling
Glorious nature beauty, truly amazing to see and feel a bit small and insignificant comparing.
A random story. Remember how I mentioned that I am not big fan of socializing with other travelers. Well my abilities to adapt were tested when we booked a stay in a lovely little Bed and breakfast called a " A night to remember". It was certainly very charming though in bad need of renovation, and the wifi speed was certainly something to remember, I had worse only in Congo DRC. But the breakfast next morning was ... wow. Basically the owner of the place prepared and served it and we were sited on a long table with several retirement aged couples from the states and Canada and one super funny lady with banana allergy of which she " Learned it the haaaard way" by her own account. I felt a mix emotions similar to being invited to the future in-laws for the first time.
3 years of my life spent in that lovely city and still felt very familiar. A week there in July brought back lots of good memories, the mountains, the outdoors, the snowboarding, the wineries, the road trips, and about all, the friends. It's where my kids were born, where I joined my first running race, where I started writing, where I started to love hiking, and where I learned to snowboard and took my first surfing lesson, it's where my favorite red wine is coming from, where I met one of my BFF and where I had my baby shower surrounded by good friends. Great memories kept flooding my head, but so did things I now have that I could never have there.
I do miss my friends, but that only means that I need to visit more often.
In conclusion, it has been wonderful as always to visit the USA this summer. I am a big fan and regardless of current political events, that country will always have a special place in my heart. I once wrote my bucket list that I want to visit every year, and so far so good :)