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It’s been so lengthy that I needed to look it up. My final journey outdoors Europe was in November 2019.

That’s two years and two months with out packing stress, with out having to take a seat in a single chair for greater than six hours, with out that delicate disorientation once you arrive in a brand new metropolis and with out discovering in your lodge that you’ve forgotten your sun shades and swimwear, however packed your gloves and three totally different pairs of trousers – although they’re predicting a mean temperature of 30 levels (86F).

Boy, how I missed this!

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DAY 1

Bricks and Face Masks

I’ve arrived in New York, the place I’m on a piece journey with the crew of StoneCycling this week. For years, I’ve been managing the social media channels, e-newsletter and weblog for this firm, which makes stunning constructing supplies from upcycled building and industrial waste.

Or, as my mates all the time say: ‘oh sure, these brick guys’.

The group of ‘brick guys’ began with founders Tom and Ward (two childhood mates of Nick) and the corporate has grown over time (alongside everybody who works for them within the manufacturing unit, logistics and monetary division) with gross sales toppers Thomas, Esther and since a short time one other Tom, who I consider is definitely known as Thomas, however after all that might trigger an excessive amount of confusion inside the crew… anyhow.

Planning a visit in Corona instances is an absolute deal with, let me inform you, however after our triple vaccinations, testing earlier than departure, printing 10 paperwork per particular person and loading the suitcase with face masks, disinfectant and bricks (a.lot.of.bricks – the lady behind the check-in desk had some questions) we ended up deciding to go forward with the journey in any case.

With a diary filled with appointments with architects, designers and builders and after having handed all (well being)checks at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, we lastly dared to have a little bit of a breather on the airplane immediately. Nicely, so far as that’s in any respect attainable with a rag over your mouth, after all.

Because the flight attendant by chance introduced by the intercom: “Women and Gentleman, after your lunch, please don’t overlook to place your face again on”. And that’s precisely what it felt like after being up within the air for lower than an hour. I believe we must always search for a skincare clinic as quickly as we land.

How handy that we’re within the nation of beauty therapies. Fortunate us!

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Suitcases filled with bricks 🙂
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We additionally flew over London at one level!

That is your Captain Talking!

By the best way, it was clear that I hadn’t flown in a really very long time, or KLM used their lockdown time to tinker with the plane, as a result of I found some good upgrades right here and there.

For instance, there was an actual socket for my laptop computer cable (which all of the sudden gave me time to sort the beginning of a pleasant journey diary), I may lastly use my very own headphones (no extra messing round with a 2-leg enter the place you by no means have the conversion piece with you, so that you’d find yourself with sound on only one half of your headphones and ultimately simply needed to go for the trashy plastic headset they hand out), there was not a sliding window, however a futuristic button with which the glass coloured darker or lighter (okay, personally I wasn’t such an enormous fan of this) and the meals we obtained turned out to really be respectable! (a tasty heat pasta with cous-cous salad and heat cheese wrap).

This, together with the truth that the airplane was half empty (and the six of us all had an empty seat between us) and that the flight attendant stored on bringing us beers, pretzels and Dutch caramel stroopwafels, made my first expertise with a long-haul flight after such time very pleasurable.

And to high it off, I discovered that we had an hour of free WiFi with the KLM app and I stunned Nick, my brother and my mother and father with a video name, haha! The Future is NOW.

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No rooster or beef distress at KLM!
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Calling when flying over an ocean, why not?!

The MOXY Resort on Instances Sq.

The sensation of respiration contemporary air after greater than 10 hours (all and all) with a canopy over your nostril and mouth is nearly indescribable. New York is chilly and windy, however for the primary time in my life I used to be truly heat and that feeling nonetheless hasn’t gone away.

It could even have one thing to do with the truth that they actually have the heater set to 25 levels (77F) in all places right here, as a result of we’re sweating, even with the present 2 levels (35F) outdoors, like loopy.

After a (additionally tremendous scorching) taxi experience we arrived at our lodge, which is situated proper on Instances Sq.. The MOXY is kind of hip and I share a room with Esther that’s cosy, however stylishly furnished and totally geared up. We take pleasure in a Brooklyn Lager within the bar and enterprise outdoors for a fast stroll across the block.

Simply to really feel a little bit of the environment, after all, although it’s now 1 AM on Dutch time.

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As a bunk mattress lover I went for the highest flooring 🙂
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The bar in MOXY
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Tacos & Skyscrapers

As a result of I’m not actively concerned in gross sales at StoneCycling, I’m the journey planner for the actions and eating places for all the crew this week. Lastly I can put my journey blogger abilities to a superb use!

For the primary evening, I discovered the chain Tacombi, which serves scrumptious tacos, burritos and quesadillas in an off-the-cuff diner-style – with a smile, as a result of to date everybody we’ve met has been actually pleasant.

What’s good is that this department is situated on the backside of the Empire State Constructing. Though after all you hardly discover that once you’re inside, haha.

We mark our orders on a kind and after the primary spherical everyone seems to be having fun with themselves a lot that we shortly add some extra ticks to the listing. I’m relieved that everybody thought it was a sensible choice and I hope it will likely be the identical with my different restaurant decisions this week. In any other case it will likely be a spherical of Wendy’s or Taco Bell I’m afraid. Oh properly, additionally good, proper?!

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If you happen to look carefully you possibly can see the tip of the Empire State Constructing
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My Watermelon-Juice, yummy!
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Having fun with to the Max

New York @ Evening

Now that the jet lag has already hit us exhausting, we do a fast strolling tour between the excessive buildings and stroll by way of Bryant Park to Instances Sq.. Right here it’s (comparatively) quiet, however due to all the large neon ads and screens it nonetheless looks like mass hysteria right here.

We level to every thing that feels American: have a look at that manhole cowl with steam popping out of it! have a look at that NYPD police automotive! look how the road identify indicators seem like those from Sesame Road! look one other tall constructing! After which we begin to decompose a bit of bit.

So again to the lodge to take pleasure in a beautiful evening of waking up each hour because of jetlag. As a result of that can be a bit necessary on a visit to New York. It’s, in any case, the town that by no means sleeps.

Or did Frank maybe imply one thing else right here?

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Workforce StoneCycling on an inspiration stroll
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Blissful Tom and The Chrysler Constructing

DAY 2

When your breakfast consists of sweetened yogurt, a thick slice of cake with icing, a chocolate granola bar, and one other juicy blueberry muffin, right here’s your response to the primary bowl of fruit and veggies you encounter:

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New York, you’re stunning, however you possibly can take it a bit less difficult on the sugar. And the heating! Holy Moley, if even I escape in sweats as a result of a room is simply too scorching, you’ve actually exaggerated it a bit!

Fortunately it’s good and funky outdoors, and the solar has additionally began to shine. Judging by the piles of snow below the bushes, it has fallen under freezing within the evening, however immediately the climate is crisp and clear with a stable blue sky.

A gorgeous day to make folks keen about bricks whereas carrying a face masks in an architect’s workplace that has been heated as much as a sauna!

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World Commerce Heart

After working within the lodge for a bit, we divide into groups of two and every have a digital and a bodily assembly with an architectural agency. I crew up with Esther and we take the metro to the WTC.

There we ooh-and-ah when seeing the large One WTC tower, however much more so on the Oculus, the distinctive white constructing that appears just like the wings of a Pegasus horse and inside which you could find a prepare station and huge shopping center.

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The Oculus
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Yummie Veggies

Right here we go on a mission to search out lunch and after following about 31 arrows over three flooring to a restaurant we by no means ended up discovering, we eat scrumptious poke bowls at a Japanese place within the Gansevoort Liberty Market. Which, after we left the constructing turned out to be proper subsequent to the place the place we entered.

Our step counter needed to get well for some time afterwards.

After the assembly, of which I can’t actually inform you about on-line after all, however that went very properly, the intention was to return to the remainder of the crew within the lodge. We now have agreed to solely go sightseeing when everybody is finished with conferences.

However… you possibly can’t inform a journey blogger to take a seat inside on the most stunning time of the day, when the solar is shining and you’re proper subsequent to an iconic place. And so I managed to squeeze out one other spherical alongside the WTC memorials (so spectacular) and stroll alongside the Hudson River to the perspective in entrance of the Statue of Liberty.

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HAPPY!
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Simply Like within the Motion pictures

Within the park I used to be virtually robbed… by a bunch of cheeky squirrels (relax mother) and on the subway again I used to be virtually transformed… by a lady speaking to herself (it didn’t work for me, so additionally relax dad).

Then we arrived at Grand Central Station and marveled on the stunning inside, my favourite after all being the ceiling with an enormous sky with constellations on it.

A person with a saxophone performs stress-free music as we step outdoors and we stroll by the skyscraper-lined streets as if we had been in a film. all folks carrying face masks, it’s a film wherein the world is coming to an finish and Will Smith has to avoid wasting New York, however nonetheless, a film. I’ll take it.

DAY 3

Scorching chilly scorching chilly scorching chilly, that’s type of what a go to to New York looks like.

One second you’re strolling outdoors within the solar, then it all of the sudden begins to snow closely, the heating is about to the max in all places, then it’s all of the sudden -10 (14F) outdoors, and after fifteen minutes it turns into an amazing spring day once more. With all of the sirens, music blaring from the audio system, neon lights, tons of scaffolding, dashing automotive site visitors and other people in all places you look, the town is a superb place in your senses!

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Good Biking Journey

In between all of the work, I attempt to benefit from the metropolis as a lot as attainable and so once in a while I choose up a bagel with cream cheese, I make manner too many images of tall buildings and after we all enterprise out on the finish of the day, I really feel so privileged to have the ability to stroll round right here.

And cycle round, as a result of my fellow journey companions appear to be fearless and luxuriate in hitting the highway at high pace with their rented Citybikes, navigating the large Chryslers and pick-ups. As we did immediately, when all the Dutch enclave cycled alongside the Hudson river.

We see the artsy Little Island, the WTC tower, have our breaths taken away when watching the solar set behind the Statue of Liberty and cross the Brooklyn Bridge to the world known as ‘DUMBO’ (‘Down Below the Manhattan Bridge Overpass’). It seems to be a hipster spot right here, and we order drinks and pizza on the Time Out New York market, an indoor meals market with numerous stalls.

At nighttime, when the entire metropolis lights up, we stroll again over the Brooklyn Bridge. What a view, what a good looking metropolis. It makes me cold and warm on the identical time.

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Salted Bagel Cream Cheese
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There’s a whole bike route all through the town
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Little Island
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Statue of Liberty within the distance!
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Brooklyn Bridge
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Pizza on the Time Out Market
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DAY 4

Only a fast replace, as a result of as you possibly can see I’m veeeeeeeery busy having fun with myself.

Meet The West!

At the moment we went with the entire crew to the placement for which we truly made the journey to New York: The West, the constructing on eleventh Avenue the place StoneCycling transformed at least 260,000 kilograms of building waste into stunning bricks in additional than 42 totally different sizes.

An enormous challenge that they’ve been engaged on for years (coincidentally along with the architectural agency Nick works for!) and that’s now virtually, virtually completed.

The second we stepped out the door of the lodge, it turned out that the solar of the previous few days had been exchanged for a temperature of -10 levels and a number of moist snow. Once we arrived at The West after our stroll, we didn’t actually seem like individuals who may afford an residence on this stylish advanced. Okay, to be trustworthy, we didn’t do this earlier than both, however an individual can dream generally, proper?

We’re given a tour that leads us from the rooftop with nice views to a variety of communal areas, together with the totally geared up fitness center, barbecue backyard and canine play space. Within the foyer, which is already properly styled, we take the final footage and the boys pat the bricks yet another time earlier than we’ve got to maneuver on. Such a big challenge is after all actually nice for the corporate and secretly we’re all very happy with the outcome.

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By Land, By Sea and in Area

After a brief pit cease on the (nice) bakery subsequent to The West, the crew splits up once more to go to conferences, and I mumble one thing alongside the strains of: I’ll go *cough buying leads *cough social media *cough advertising… which translated after all merely means ‘I’m going to go to a museum and see you once more within the lodge, okay bye!’.

And so I did. I paid a fast go to to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Area Museum, which is situated within the monumental naval vessel USS Intrepid. You possibly can have hours of enjoyable right here climbing by all the ship and all of the interactive reveals, there’s a submarine you possibly can enter and 100 different automobiles to find, however secretly I used to be right here for just one factor: the Enterprise, the prototype NASA orbiter that paved the best way for the house shuttle program.

It was actually nice to stroll below the large house shuttle and I felt like a baby in a… er… house museum, so to talk.

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American Tradition

The night ended with a dinner the place we obtained to know Southern American delicacies (learn: a.lot.of.cheese.) and an amazing enjoyable night in a comedy café the place a superb variety of comedians made us chortle.

We obtained away, sitting proper on the podium, fairly mercifully with solely certainly one of us being singled out. When he stated that he was not married, however that he had two kids, and that it is extremely frequent in The Netherlands to not be married, you heard a wave of shock undergo the room and the comic shortly shouted that she additionally had Dutch cousins who had been simply as bizarre as this boy and the topic shortly modified haha.

How fantastic are cultural variations once in a while, with out it it could simply be a boring world, proper?!

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Mac and CHHHHEEEEESE (+ further cheese)

At the moment I used to be on a mission. On each journey I make, I all the time attempt to discover a memento to make use of in the home to have an enduring reminiscence of the vacation spot. In New York we as soon as purchased espresso cups from the Gugenheim museum and immediately I went out to purchase one other set. As a result of we have already got sufficient magnets on the fridge!

The stroll from the lodge to the Gugenheim is a protracted one, about an hour, however the route goes by Bryant Park, previous the Rockefeller Heart and thru Central Park, so there’s loads to see alongside the best way!

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Good and Recent

I packed up properly for the stroll, as a result of the temperature has dropped to -13 (8.6F), however with a transparent blue sky and good solar I can’t complain after all.

In Bryant Park, the fountain is totally frozen and the skating rink at Rockefeller Heart additionally appears to be like easy. The skyscrapers shine fantastically within the solar and I take pleasure in myself like loopy.

By way of just a few retailers, such because the all the time good to go to Bathtub & Physique Works (the place I purchase good bathtub provides) and a bagel store, I arrive in Central Park, an oasis of peace within the predominantly hysterical Manhattan.

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Bryant Park
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Elsa and Olaf would have a blast right here
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Chrysler Constructing
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Ice Rink on the Rockefeller Heart
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Grand Central Station
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Radio Metropolis

Lunch with Obstacles

The second I sit down on a bench in Central Park to quietly eat my bagel, I instantly discover that the American variant of the Dutch saying ‘to have somebody eat the cheese out of your sandwich’ is right here ‘to have somebody eat the cream cheese out of your bagel’. Inside seconds I’m surrounded by every kind of squirrels that come to assert their share.

I already felt a bit like strolling round in a Disney fairytale, however I didn’t wish to stroll by the park singing with birds on my shoulders and squirrels at my ft. That, and the truth that sitting on a steel park bench at -13 won’t have been certainly one of my smarter actions of the day, so shortly I resolve to maintain on strolling.

In any case, I’ve practically 30 blocks to stroll to get to the museum, so there’s nonetheless a protracted option to go.

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sure, I understand this weblog is beginning to get a little bit of a squirrel-overload, however LOOK AT THOSE ADORABLE FACES!!!
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if i used to be a squirrel, this is able to additionally make me hungry
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Central Park
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Exit by way of the Reward Store

As a result of we stroll round with a face masks all day lengthy, I like to take as a lot contemporary air as attainable this week, so I’ll skip the museums this spherical.

I visited the Guggenheim earlier than and though the constructing is nice, I discovered the exhibition that was there on the time a bit disappointing and I grew to become extra enthusiastic in regards to the reward store. So this time I went straight there and scored not solely two new espresso cups, but in addition a fruit bowl which might be all the identical form as the skin of the constructing. So I type of take the museum residence with me.

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The Guggenheim Museum

It’s Friday, Yay!

Again on the lodge, the ‘VRIJMIBO’ (the Dutch abbreviation of a Friday Afternoon Workplace Get together) is in full swing and we’re on the brink of have a pleasant meal and go to a hip gin bar. Close to the Chelsea Market we discover an amazing restaurant with Israeli meals and since it seems to be New York Restaurant Week we get a set menu with all totally different dishes that we share.

The crew has turn into very shut this week and we’ve got a number of enjoyable collectively, which continues till the late hours. After the gin bar (a darkish speakeasy with a gold bathtub in the course of the bar… sure, it was as cheesy because it sounds) somebody had the spontaneous concept of ​​pulling up an enormous black limousine on the nook of the road and we drove to Brooklyn, having fun with loud rap music on the best way over, to go to a membership.

Nicely, that was the thought, as a result of apparently this membership was so standard (or possibly simply the one one nonetheless open presently) that the road turned the nook. After virtually an hour and a half ready at freezing -13C we gave up earlier than any of us needed to go to the emergency room with hypothermia.

We met some folks in line and so they took us to their native dive bar, a squat-looking shed with two punks behind the bar and music that seemed like somebody was always dumping a cutlery tray onto the bottom. However the Budweiser was superb and the environment nice, so when the lights got here on at 4 am we had been truly disenchanted that the get together was over.

The following morning all of us took a handful of paracetamol with our breakfast and we needed to look again on the images and movies we took to recollect the place we had been precisely, however… we went out in New York and had an amazing night. Mission completed I’d say!

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Wonderful Meals!
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Bathtub Gin
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a limo is ALWAYS a good suggestion
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we laughed so exhausting all the manner, haha
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DJ Tom and MC Nienke
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It must be enjoyable right here, proper?!
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This can damage tomorrow!

DAY 6

It’s all the time greatest to spend the day after an intense evening out as quietly as attainable.

That’s the reason immediately I paid a brief go to to the comfortable Williamsburg district. We additionally all did a Covid take a look at, due to course we wish to stay a bit of accountable… and to have the ability to fly residence tomorrow would even be fairly chill.

Covid…1…2…

There are a number of vans on Instances Sq. the place you may get examined without cost and after standing in line for some time and getting two sticks up our noses, we heard in lower than 20 minutes by e mail that we had been all superb.

If we are able to consider the blokes from yesterday’s bar, virtually everybody right here has already been knocked out by Omikron round Christmas and our boosters have apparently completed their job properly. Fortunate!

Now, I’ve to say that New York is dealing with the pandemic properly from what we may inform. I’ve seen only a few folks strolling round with out a masks (most of them additionally put on them on the road right here!) And at each museum and restaurant it’s a must to present your vaccination certificates and ID card. You can too discover a van or tent on virtually each road nook the place you may get examined without cost. Europe may take an instance from that!

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Williamsburg & Brooklyn

Whereas there was a number of partying in Brooklyn final evening, immediately it’s an oasis of peace. We stroll by good Williamsburg and eat a sandwich within the solar.

Afterwards we go to just a few retailers and an indoor market with native companies and we purchase a big fruit smoothie to carry the nutritional vitamins ranges again as much as the required stage.

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Artist ROA all the time makes works with animals which might be frequent in a sure metropolis… that he selected the squirrel doesn’t shock me!
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I believe we skip this spherical!

New York from the Sky

We return to the lodge, as a result of three of us are going to do one thing actually cool: take a helicopter flight over New York!

I gained’t come alongside and chill out for some time within the lodge, which I actually wanted, however once I see the images and movies and listen to the enthusiastic tales from the others once I return, I can’t secretly really feel a bit of little bit of FOMO, although I’ve I’ve already made a helicopter flight 3 times earlier than (in Australia, Italy and Austria).

However flying above the New York skyline is after all very particular! Subsequent time!

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Photographs by Thomas

Harlem & Residence

We finish the day with dinner in Harlem at The Grange, the place the chef serves us extremely tasty issues. We ate actually scrumptious all week, however it’s all the time good once you discover that you’ve made a sensible choice.

If you happen to, as a chef, may even put together Brussels sprouts so properly that everybody who ordered them is ooh-ing and ah-ing, then you will have expertise. My grilled artichoke hearts with aioli and handmade ravioli are additionally actually heavenly.

After dinner, the thought of ​​experiencing the environment in Harlem by visiting a jazz bar is not excessive on the bucket listing for most individuals. The busy week, the chilly, the numerous impressions, the hangovers and normal exhausted-ness seem to have performed its toll. And so it’s again to the lodge and a final good evening’s sleep earlier than we’ve got to fly once more at 7am tomorrow.

Personally, I all the time desire to be the one who turns off the lights within the metropolis at evening, however going into Harlem alone after 11 o’clock within the night doesn’t look like one thing that might get my mom very excited, so I’ll adapt this time, if solely with a bit of reluctance, haha.

DAY 7

It’s getting actual: the final hours in New York have arrived.

Per week full of latest impressions all the time passes in a short time and though I all the time know this prematurely and attempt to take pleasure in each second as a lot as attainable, the top all the time comes a bit of unexpectedly and it all the time makes me a bit of wistful.

Bye New York!

I attempt to not suppose an excessive amount of in regards to the taxes I’ve to kind out subsequent week, the great distance residence with a bit of an excessive amount of baggage, the mountain of laundry that’s coming and all of the assignments I’ve to work on once I get again , and as an alternative attempt to make one thing of the final moments right here.

Top-of-the-line methods to do this, in my view, is to go for a pleasant stroll by the town. Now that the temperature has gone up a bit and the solar is shining, it’s also an ideal day for it!

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With Tom at The Excessive Line
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The Excessive Line

The group divides into pairs and a few go go to a museum, others climb into a big skyscraper and along with Tom I stroll to the Hudson Yards to see the Vessel and stroll down the Excessive Line. We chat about numerous issues and I discover that I actually missed assembly new folks and having fun with the second with no actual plan.

The previous two years have been secretly very tough due to Corona and particularly as a freelancer the place nearly all of social contacts rely upon touring (overseas) it’s generally only a little bit of a lonely affair. I can’t look forward to the principles to chill out much more, in order that we are able to all begin doing extra enjoyable issues collectively.

As a result of this journey to New York has confirmed it as soon as once more: the world is gorgeous and there may be nonetheless loads to find. And the expertise is all the time just a bit bit higher when you possibly can share it with one another.

Or as this stunning quote on a mural alongside the Excessive Line says:

I’m not involved in competing with anybody – I simply hope all of us make it.

Thanks for studying, massive hug, be sort to one another and see you quickly!
x Nienke

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