I’m a little behind on updating this blog, apologies! As you can imagine, life is a bit hectic right now and I haven’t had a chance to stop.
So, I wanted to post about my 6 days in New York. Although, I have now actually left NYC and I’m currently sitting in my hostel in Toronto. Today I decided to spend a few hours catching up on editing, blogging and emails, instead of walking around in -20-degree celsius weather. I struggle to even walk in it, my legs just go numb and stop working. So I figured an afternoon in the warmth of my hostel wouldn’t be so bad. Anyway, I’ll talk about Canada later, for now, it’s all about New York City.
I’m a bad flyer, I hate flying, I literally think I’m going to die the entire time I’m in the air. So flights are usually such a scary concept that I can’t get excited about my holiday/travels. But, I have to say the flight to New York was pretty great. The flight was practically turbulent free and because we left the UK at 5.00pm we were practically chasing the sunset all the way to NYC, which made for some great photos. On arrival, after a lengthy wait in immigration, I got a cab to Harlem (I was staying with a friend of my brothers in Uptown Manhattan). That night I pretty much passed out straight away and woke up bright and early at…3am 🙁
I’d forgotten about Jetlag. I forgot what an absolute pain in the ass it was. Australia was always much worse, you’d go for a nap in the afternoon and wake up 12 hours later. This was easier but annoying. But I was so excited to be in New York that I decided to get up and go to Brooklyn to capture the sun rising over the amazing NYC skyline. So I got up, got showered and headed to Brooklyn. I used the subway and after a few wrong turns, I made it.
I got to the park and I’d missed the initial sunrise, but it was still a really magical sight. There was nobody around, just me and the view. It was beautiful. Although I soon realised that it was so cold I couldn’t keep my hands out for longer than 20 seconds. It was FREEZING, I couldn’t stand still. After getting what I needed I headed back to Brooklyn and found a sports shop where I purchased thermal everything. Now I was kitted out I was ready to hit up the rest of Brooklyn.
I spent the entire day getting lost in Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg. I fell in love with it. There was beautiful art on every corner, the architecture was just so so stunning and the people were really nice. I was sold.
After walking around for a good 7 hours I headed back to my apartment for a rest and a slice of pizza (obviously, I was in New York).
I then got up and headed to Rockefeller Centre to watch the sunset. I’d been there before when I visited New York 3 years ago, but I did not have my camera, the skills or my love for sunsets, and you will soon learn how much I bloody love a sunset! It’s my favourite thing to witness and photograph, you may get bored with my sunset photos, sorry in advance but they’re SO PRETTY.
So the winds were really high that day and it was -5 and freezing (which makes me laugh now). Anyway, the winds were so high they wouldn’t allow me to the very top, so I had to go to the area where there was glass which was a pain in the ass when it comes to photos. After 30 minutes I checked for a gap in the glass that my lens would fit in and I finally found just one that was big enough, and it was directly opposite the Empire State Building, with the sun setting just to the left. It was perfect. I stood there and watched that sunset and the city change from the beautiful reds and oranges beaming off the buildings into an even more stunning sight where the sun had gone down and the city came to life. I couldn’t feel my fingers, but it was worth it to witness that sunset. I’m going to call it and say it was my most favourite sunset I’ve ever seen.
After that, I headed back Uptown to my apartment so I could give in to jet lag and rest my sore feet. It had been a great first day!
Here are a few shots from that first day!