WELLL I HAVE NO IDEA WHY BUT MY GOSH DARN PHOTOS AREN’T UPDATING TO THE FINDER FROM IPHOTO SO I CAN’T UPLOAD ANY MORE. ARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHH. ANGER.
And I have so many fabulous New York shots :(:(:(
Woe and despair. Well I’m about to go out so I haven’t got time for wingeing to the internet. BAI.
The past day and a bit I have had the privilege of spending with my beautiful friend Naa in Boston. She attends Harvard- that’s it, you heard right, THE Harvard, THE Harvard College. YEP, THIS BITCH IS SEXY AND SMART. Annnnnnd an elite athlete. Gentlemen, may the best man win.
I felt a weeeeeenyyy bit bad, I must admit. I was ever so sleepy for my time there. So I can imagine into the early hours of Sunday morning I wouldn’t have been the most scintillating company. BUT. I had such an amazing time with her- and Boston is beautiful! As is the campus wowee oh boy. The only bad part about my entire trip was having to say goodbye to her… again. It was bad enough the first time. Uggghhhhh.
In all seriousness though, I am so proud of her. Hearing about her insane life and how she has to look after herself… I wouldn’t survive. I wouldn’t. Just amazing.
I got to meet some of her lovely amigos too! I wish I could have stayed longer with her, but I had no idea how intense college life was. It’s unbelievable she even had enough time to squeeze in my visit.
The bus trip on the way home was a drainer. We were an hour and a half late getting into New York. I’m assuming because of unexpected traffic, because we left Boston reasonably on time. But shouldn’t the bus company have factored that into their schedule if they make this trip every day?! I don’t know. But the drive home was beautiful- evening, driving past all the trees that were infected with early Fall, and then sunset coming into New York. EVEN THE CLOUDS CLEARED AWAY AND IT GOT WARMER AND SUNNIER AS WE LEFT BOSTON [see this is why you don’t ever leave New York except under extraordinary circumstances]. Since I got in so late and had some luggage and shopping, I caught a cab home rather than walk for an hour at 10pm. And I was so shleepy!
Boston was beautiful, really, it was- but as we were driving through Times Square (note: WHYYYYY did he take me that way?!!? MATE DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE ACCENT I’VE BEEN HERE A MONTH AND I KNOW THAT ISN’T THE QUICKEST WAY HOME ONLY A SMALL TIP FOR YOU BUCKO) and I spotted the Empire State building, I thought, ‘Oh thank God I’m back in New York. I’m never leaving you again baby.’
And then I realised I would be. For a very long time. In only a week.
I cant believe it. My last week away from Melbourne. And my last week left in New York City. I nearly started crying in the back of the cab. I know these streets now. So familiar to me- I know automatically where I am and how to get to where I’m going. And I feel so safe here, very settled and at peace. I’ve said so many goodbyes to friends I’ve made on my travels, and now I’ll be saying goodbye to my closest friend of all.
At least I know she’ll always be there when I need her.
Just booked my transfer flight from New York to LA (leave JFK at 1pm, arrive LAX at 4.20pm, giving me heaps of time before my trip back to Australia at 11.30pm. I just didn’t want the plane to be delayed and to be in every kind of trouble and miss my flight home). AND! Also booked my bus on Saturday to Boston to visit Gnome!! I have to get to the New York bus terminal at 11am to collect my ticket, the bus leaves at 12… AND I GET IN AT 4.20!! HURRUH!!!
The ticket to LA was a little over $200. Which is the best I could find, excluding the flight that left JFK at 7am which was $198. Even though I have to pay an extra $25 to check in baggage, I figure it’s worth it. I searched around and it was the best I could do. I’m happy! Just glad it’s done.
Tonight I saw ‘Grace’ at the Cort Theatre.
It was incredible. I was a blubbering mess multiple times throughout the proceedings. Just beautiful.
And I reallllllyyy should add: Paul Rudd was in it. As a lead (not THE lead, 3 out of 4 actors shared equal time on stage and held equal necessity). And I nearly said, ”Tonight I saw ‘Grace’ with Paul Rudd at the Cort Theatre.” But I didn’t, due to thus, dear reader: I would have paid and laughed and cried my way through this production, even if he wasn’t in it. It was just an incredible ALL ROUND production. I forgot that Paul Rudd was Paul Rudd and got caught up in his character’s life- in the life of every character. What an ensemble. Michael Shannon as ‘Sam’ should win ever award ever. As should Ed Asner despite only having two scenes in the entire production BECAUSE WHAT SCENES THEY WERE, and who brought the entire theatre to its knees with two words: “I understand”.
Special shout-out to playwright Craig Wright. Love your work, bro.
Just superb. I’m still thinking about it and feeling it now… which to me is the mark of great theatre.
Something I don’t understand: I rocked up 45 minutes before the show started to see if they had any rush tickets available. Which they did: 2nd row. Orchestra pit. $30. Yeah, alright, it wasn’t dead centre. FOR THAT PRICE DO I CARE?! I got to see everything perfectly, maybe the slightest of slight obstructed views (like I would want to see what was going on in the stage right wing anyway), AND YET. If I’d paid an extra $100.. I could have sat one seat to my right. One seat. Slightly more into the centre. I do not understand.
Not going to quibble with it though, not by any means!
New York: The Empire State Building, taken from a rooftop bar just off 6th Avenue. The red and white striped light display is to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ‘Where’s Wally/Waldo?’
New York: me on top of Rockefeller Centre, looking out over the city.
New York: Hollah at me New York Citayyyyy; the view from the top of Rockefeller Centre. To the left you can see the Chrysler Building, and to your right, The Empire State Building (please note the red and white light display of the Empire State Building to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ‘Where’s Wally/Waldo?’).
New York: DUN DUN, DUNDUNDUNDUN DUNDUN, DUNDUNDUN DUNDUN (DO DO DO DO DO DO DODODO, DO DO DO DO DO DO DODODO!)
New York: me under the lights of Rockefeller Plaza.
New York: the trees around Rockefeller Plaza all lit up at night.