Leaving New York City

Abroad is the place where we stay up late, follow impulse, and find ourselves as wide open as when we are in love. We live without a past or future, for a moment at least, and are ourselves up for grabs and open to interpretation … The Romantic poets inaugurated an era of travel because they were the great apostles of open eyes. Buddhist monks are often vagabonds, in part because they believe in wakefulness. And if travel is like love, that is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity, and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end. ~ Pico Iyer

Thank you, New York. And goodbye for now.

NYC from the air

NYC from the air

Brooklyn Bridge view

Brooklyn Bridge view

Central Park

Central Park

Columbus Circle

Columbus Circle

Getting reacquainted with New York City: to flâne is human

One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years. ~ Tom Wolfe

Spending a couple of days acclimating to being on the other side of the world can be a joy. An infamous skyline, leaves changing colour, layered collages of buildings old and new, freshly carved pumpkins on doorsteps. Hello, New York.

Manhattan skyline

Manhattan skyline

Columbus Circle to Central Park

Columbus Circle to Central Park

 

Tom Fruin’s famous plexiglass house, Kolonihavehus, against the Brooklyn Bridge

freshly carved pumpkin, West Village

freshly carved pumpkin, West Village