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New York City

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I’ve been to New York City a few times before and it doesn’t take long until everything feels familiar & easy. Mum & Dad’s apartment is on the upper west side, and I spend most of my time hanging around that area. I’ve done all the touristy things before like Liberty Island, the Staten Island ferry, the Empire State Building, etc so I’m not interested in that stuff. I spend most of my time hanging out with my parents, catching up and laughing while doing nothing in particular.

New York City Skyline

New York City Skyline

Highlights include:

  • Going to a bar with all of Mum & Dad’s new friends in the city where Dad draws a picture on a placemat with the supplied crayons.
    “Tierra Del Fuego or bust” he calls it :)
Tierra Del Fuego or Bust

Tierra Del Fuego or Bust

  • Driving out to the little country town of Cold Spring on a beautiful sunny fall day. The leaves are seriously colorful here & we have a great day wandering around the quaint town.
Dan, Mum & Dad in Cold Spring

Dan, Mum & Dad in Cold Spring

  • Eating almost all of Mum & Dad’s Vegemite, an Australian spread. It’s been so long since I ate it I was unsure I would still like it. Vegemite turned out to be more delicious than I remembered.
  • Catching up with my good friend Bari who I haven’t seen for too long. Hanging out with a part time bar tender makes me a part time regular for a while…
  • Cooking dinner together in their tiny kitchen most nights.
Dinner with Mum, Dad & Bari

Dinner with Mum, Dad & Bari

  • Spending sunny afternoons in Central park walking, throwing a football & reading.
  • Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge at night & playing with my camera. I’ve been trying to take some good night shots for a while now, and I’m really proud of how it turned out. Next time I find the perfect location for a photo of blurry headlights and taillights I’ll be good to go.
The bridges of New York City

The bridges of New York City

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge

I find it really hard to say goodbye when time is up. I’m going to miss my Mum & Dad a lot in the coming months, but having their full support makes it way easier for me.
I know I have to see them more often than I have been lately.

On the Hudson River

On the Hudson River

Watching the new Pixar animated movie “Up” on the flight back is a great reminder of what living your dreams is all about. I think the Jeep is pretty similar to a house floating with 3 billion balloons, and heading to South America sounds like a pretty good idea to me :)

-Dan

15 Responses

  1. David says:

    Very nice bridge shots Dan, that’s a talent.

    David

  2. kerri manger says:

    Hi Dan,
    Thank you for sharing your moments with Mum and Dad. Thank you for the happy snaps of them.
    Rob and I are really starting to miss them heaps and seeing the photos show us how happy they are.
    Good luck with the rest of your trip and I agree about watching the movie UP. You need to follow your dreams, no matter how old your really are.
    Love your blog. Say hi to all the family from us here in Buronga NSW Australia.

  3. Rejeana in Alabama says:

    You even got to be in NYC and experience the town when the Yankees won the world series!!

  4. Brian12566 says:

    Glad you enjoyed my hometown. Very very nice pictures of the bridges! Funny, I see them everyday of my life, and take their beauty for granted sometimes. I live here and never been to a Broadway play. Wierd huh? I only go to Times Square on New Year’s Eve because I have to and get paid to be there.
    I took my daughter to see the movie UP in the drive-in when it was out this past summer. After seeing that movie, I felt like it was a reminder of just how short life can be and live your dreams. You are living yours and I thank you for sharing it with us. Stay safe on your journey. Keep taking pictures!!! (perhaps some Jeep pics? -sorry Jeep buff here)

    PS- I also added you to my blogroll over on my humble little blog so I hope some of my friends and family will stop by your blog for a visit.

    • Dan says:

      Hey Brian,
      NYC really is a beautiful place. I can see how living there your entire life you would take it for granted. Thanks for adding me to your blogroll too :) Jeep pics on the way!

  5. Jen says:

    Your mum and dad look great! I didn’t see pics of them while you were here. But they look really happy. Maybe Greg and I could sneak out to visit them! Hummm. I’m going to have to figure that out!

  6. Thank you for sharing your moments.New York City is really a beautiful place.Very nice bridge shots Dan, that’s a talent. Very very nice pictures of the bridges.

  7. Konstantin says:

    BTW which camera do you use?

  8. luke says:

    Good job with the night shoots, the look really good!

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