HOW TIME HAS PASSED!

Before moving to New York City, I planned to write shorter articles for this blog and instead to post more frequently. Well… I kinda failed in doing so. My last upload has already been more than two months ago!

But don’t worry – I didn’t get lost. My problem is that my job here consumes so much of my time (have I mentioned the unpaid and unbalanced overtime yet? :/ ) that I want to make the best out of the little free time I have. And boy, have I enjoyed my time here! Whereas at the time of my last article I was in a little blues due to a lack of friends and enjoyable activities, now I can’t – and don’t – want to believe that my time here is about to come to a close. I have less than one month left and there still is sooo much more to see, do and experience in this city!

Also there is a lot I still have to figure out for the continuation of this adventure. As always, I am way behind schedule. But before talking about that, I’ll give you a brief recap of what happened:

 

I’ve started to regularly go to a BOARD GAME NIGHT. This probably brought the biggest change for my life here as it has brought me many great friends.

I don't have any pictures taken at board game night - this is as close as it gets...
I don’t have any pictures taken at board game night – this is as close as it gets…

 

I went to the INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE FAIR with my boss and colleague. It was fun. Could have included more free food though.

Weird lighting in even weirder presentation!
Weird lighting in even weirder presentation!

 

On MEMORIAL DAY, war veterans are being celebrated. And in this country that seems to be a big thing. I was happy to be invited to a true American backyard BBQ.

That's also where the first photo of this article happened.
This is also where the first photo of this article happened.

 

My colleagues and me had free donuts together at INTERNATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY. Yummy!

I still can't believe we got them for free!
I still can’t believe we got them for free!

 

The office’s restaurant project “AROQA” got opened and we had dinner there. Food and space are delicious. Finally all the stress has come to a succesful end.

I didn't really take pictures here either...
I didn’t really take (good) pictures here either…

 

I went to BOSTON with “my only friend here”. Such a beautiful city – except when you get lost and walk under a highway for half an hour straight. But I guess that counts as a unique experience!

Lovely City... Though this picture is technically Cambridge!
Lovely City – though this picture technically shows Cambridge.

 

The NYC PRIDE PARADE happened. And I watched it. By far the most entertaining parade I’ve watched here (sorry, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Cherry Blossom Parade!). Much fun – though I think I’m not a parade-person.

Seriously, why didn't I pictures at Pride?! Anyways, enjoy where I've been the night before instead - and take a look at the One World Trade Center's peak in rainbow colors.
Why didn’t I take pictures at Pride?! Anyways, enjoy where I’ve been the night before – and take a look at the One World Trade Center’s peak in rainbow colors.

 

I moved. Yes, once again. I live in BROOKLYN now which feels really calm, but honestly I miss Manhattan a little. At least apartment and roommate are so much better!

A sunny day in Prospect Park - where I live really close to right now.
A sunny day in Prospect Park – where I live really close to right now.

 

A friend took me to explore his home NEWPORT, Rhode Island. So American and sooo much seafood! Very lovely.

I swear it got sunnier later!
I swear it got sunnier later!

 

4TH OF JULY brought me 2 BBQs: The night before in the same backyard as on Memorial Day and the exact day with my office in the park. So much meat and so much fun!

4th of July party on July 3rd...
4th of July party on July 3rd…
....and at the real day: 7 people from 6 countries (none of which was the USA) on 3 continents celebrating the US' independence.
….and at the real day: 7 people from 6 countries (none of which was the USA) on 3 continents celebrating the US’ independence.

 

My game night friends organised a speakeasy-themed MURDER MYSTERY PARTY and I caught the murderer! By blind guessing though.

Call it nerdy if you want, but it was fun!
Call it nerdy if you want, but it was lots of fun!

 

I finally went to CONEY ISLAND, saw Steeplechase and Luna Park and had a Hot Dog in a Grub Tub (a cup – food tray – combination) – what a delirious city this is!

I didn't pay the $70 (sic!) fee for the rides though, but instead enjoyed the beach for free.
I didn’t pay the $70 (sic!) fee for the rides though, but instead enjoyed the beach for free.

 

I had another recreational weekend in NEW ENGLAND including kayaking in New Hampshire.

This is the only picture I took that weekend. Though it might not illustrate New England too well, but at least it got a point!
This is the only picture I took that weekend. It might not illustrate New England very well, but at least it got a point! (Seriously, when did I stop taking pictures? It must have coincided with me starting to enjoy life instead… )

 

I went on a day-long pirate-themed TREASURE HUNT in central park including solving puzzles and riddles. An awesome event put together by two of my game night friends!

Go team Shark Bait! That smirk though...
Go team Shark Bait! That smirk though…

 

I got visited by a German friend and we had a touristy NYC-WEEKEND together – It was about time for another one of these!

Even after more than 5 months there still is so much more to explore!
Even after more than 5 months, there still is so much more to explore!

 

Stay tuned to hear soon how this trip will continue!

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