A new adventure, a chance to meet new people, see new places, take some awesome photos, and re-discover myself. Here's the plan:
New York City this weekend, staying with my older sister Jasmine, traveling with my sister-in-law Annie, lots and lots of walking, a little bit of shopping, and a chance to feel the energy of a new city. It is, after all, a little bit different than Salt Lake!
This evening, I leave for Ireland, where I'll travel around with Annie (luckily she's been there before) and see Dublin, Galway, and some other places I've never heard of. But I've seen P.S. I Love You, so I know it will be absolutely beautiful! (In case any clarification was needed, I'm talking about the countryside, not the men.)
After Ireland, I say goodbye to Annie and meet Thomas in London for a couple days, then on to Madrid for a week and Holland for a few days and an incredible wedding. What a month we have planned! You will not be able to reach me via phone over the next few weeks, but feel free to email. And I'll be back home at the end of May.
Here's part I from my trip - Central Park and the New York Skyline. Well, not really the skyline, but some part of it - tall buildings and the sky. Does that count?
I walked by the bridge several times and I just loved the way the light hit it this afternoon. I took a nap on the other side - if you look really closely, there are some giant rocks. Actually quite comfortable! What I've thought was most interesting about New York, though, is how I can sit and have hundreds of people around me and still feel alone. Because people are always around, everyone's developed a way of going about their lives anyway. Street music, families playing, couples practicing martial arts, people napping, walking, jogging, sitting... And yet it's as if I was there as an audience member, not part of the play. There is such an amazing energy when that many people come together, but everyone has their own story, their own purpose to their day. Fascinating.
One of my favorite movies is "Elf," and I discovered that his advice is true "Careful! The yellow ones don't stop!" ^
And the view from the park at night. If I could take awesome night shots like this all day, I would be very happy (hrmmm... that doesn't make much sense, does it?)
So thank you New York for a new perspective and a new experience. And for taking care of my sister, glad I got to see Jasmine too.