leaving

ok. i wake up at 6! AM to go to the main post office and check that package thing. i am short before a nervous breakdown when the friendly woman tells me that i just have to go to another post office and pick it up. bad thing: this one doesn’t open before 10, exactly when i have to leave for the airport. so: back home, final packing, shredding some pounds of my whole luggage (matching backpack, daypack, camera bag and sneakers !!! – everything in grey tones and yellow!). i leave at 9.30 AM with what feels like the heaviest backpack/daypack …

day before leaving

ok. this is the last day before my departure and i am soon getting mad. so much stuff to prepare and so many things to do before i leave. luckily i have some hours to relax at „zum schneider“ with dominika and bettina. after that i had to figure out how to find a lost package within the us postal system of manhattan when you have no pick up note from your postman. everything within the next 12 hours, of which 8 hours are nightly. i have to bring the package down to buenos aires to my couchsurfing host. good …

polls, polls, polls

ok. i added a polls widget to the sidebar. below the flickr pics. i don’t know how to put anything above the flickr pics. 🙁 i will have a poll every now and then when i want to ask you something about my travels. so please participate. your vote matters 😉 thx, verena.

buying a backpack

i thought it might be a good idea to start my travelblog already when doing the preparations. i went to paragon tonight for the second time. they close at 8 so i don’t have much time after work to go through all the backpacks. honestly, i think gigasport (the biggest sport store in graz) has a wider range of products than paragon in manhattan. not sure if new yorkers don’t do sports and hiking, but the choice is limited. it’s not that i want the fanciest backpack ever, but it should be good quality and i want to look at …

harlem after raining

when i stepped out this morning from my apartment building i recognized an unfamiliar smell. it was an after-rain-fresh-air-smell i have never experienced before in new york. it smelled a bit like graz. from wet concrete, trees and a bit of grass. like it…. except when passing by a fried-chicken-place. then it smelled different.

everything is illuminated – heart of the city

i have taken on my most favorite hobby from three years ago. concerts! a short reprise on last evening’s jay-z and mary j. blige concert: i don’t know why i like this whole rap thing that much, but i just do. first: a great mary j. blige, but damaged a bit by the not really well adjusted sound in madison square garden. i remember my last concert in the garden. i see the people standing in the illuminated exit hallways on each section. their silhouettes against the yellow light from behind. it feels most familiar. doing the shaky-shaky-thing to „familiy …

europe in manhattan

when searching for an apartment you always get to know some people. so today i planned a photo tour with a guy from brazil. i like to meet new people. just for the fun of it. but as i learned three years ago, that can be tricky. i am not sure how often i walked into that trap. there is no such thing like just hanging out together (a man and a woman). it’s always a date! always. so i am a bit curious about how this thing is going today. our plan is to see the cloisters, a collection …