Sunday, November 30, 2014

New York City

Its been three months now since we got home from our breef living in New York. Three weeks is way too little, but exactly the right amount if youre not rich and you want to experience new york and have the chance to feel what its like to be a new yorker. I'm no guide, no expert, but I thouroughly fell in love with this iconic city. I could see myself living here, even if it was in a dirty appartment in a dark place. Anyway, these arent actually any of the proper photographs taken in New York. Unless im mistaken, all of these are mobile shots done here and there. It's just a tiny taste of what New York was to us. Sorry for the long Post, but I couldn't get myself to split it.

On our last day we went to Downtown just to breathe in our last hours of New York before we had to go back to the hotel and leave for the airport. We ended up in Bryant park, and were attracted there by piano music. When we were close enough we saw that here was a mini concert with an old black man who was playing a piano for  a scattered audience. It turned out to be the piano man's birthday, so we signed the huge birthday card to Frank, thanking him for makeing our last hours in New York memorable.

The walking day: This was our first day in New York. We arrived late the night before and was up at 5am in the morning. Having a bit of an issue with jet lag we decided to not force ourself to sleep, but to go out and see New Yorks early hours. This photo is taken in an appartment complex garden, right next to rockefeller park. I think it was fairly close to a college.
This day we walked over Brooklyn Bridge and had dinner at the other side of the river at this extremily cozy and dark restaurant cald Old Fulton's. It's in the same street as Grimaldi's pizza, but a little closer to the river. It was totally worth the walk over the bridge.
One of those rare days I was clothed only in black. Exploration day. One of the few we brought our camera with us.

This is my all-time, so far even world-wide favorite restaurant ever. Jekyll & Hyde located in Times Square. It is decorated with everything from mummies to statues, skulls and moving pictures. And it's interactive! Actors walk around the restaurant makeing a show out of everything. And mostly anything on the walls, a doll, an elephant, a gargoyle or a huge egyptian sphynx face talks to you! And of course you get to answer them, AND they respond to your answers. All of them also moves. Plus, there are certain set up shows during the day, like shown here, where they awaken frankenstains monster. Also if you actually end up going there, dont forget to try out their attatched scary house and their Crumbly Apple pie!
Trainride out of New York City heading to New Jersey!

Explorationday again. Same black outfit, probably the same day.

This was one of those late nights after tons of exploration, where we wanted to have some cheap food and went to Smilers in Times Square. Turned out it wasn't so cheap after all, but convenient for sure! (Ps. got awesome cherries)
After almost two weeks Autumn were clearly showing in Central Park. I really enjoyed that park, specially the places you felt absolutely secluded in the middle of Manhattan.

This is an early morning when we joined to look at a Skating competition under Manhattan Bridge. We had stumbled upon a poster just a few days ahead while walking down chinatown, and decided to check it out. Having major nostalgia around Tony Hawk's skating games it was pretty fun to watch and film.
Central Park proved a perfect place to take that middle-day break from everything. This was right after we'd been at The Museum of Natural History and before we were going to watch a movie. We got a lot of reading done having breaks like this.
At the Queens side of the river looking over at Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park. We had just missed the ferry, and didn't want to walk the crowded way back over the bridge so we took the subway.

Another one of those Central Park chillouts.

Our hotel must have had the worst bed in history, but it had stairs to the roof! (Every building there has, but still I never climbed one!) Guess what? It was scary as fuck, and the roof being black and silver made it extremily hot. I left a norwegian crone and climbed back down.
We got very used to walking this route. As our hotel was placed in chinatown, we merely walked down to the river, down to Brooklyn Bridge and up and entered into the financial districts and down to WTC.

Empire State Building.

Taking notes in Battery Park one of those insanely early mornings we had our first week. Had our try at some organic ice latte before the morning rush of joggers began. Also, behind the park in one of the high (expensive) appartments, there was a telescope aimed for the stars. Reminded me I need one.
Climbed (or used the elevator) to the top of Rockefeller center. Pretty cool seeing the city from that angle in the dark. So many people who never leave their office jobs until laaate it seems.
One of those hundreds (maybe not hundreds but felt like a lot) subway rides across the city center.

We took the train down to Coney Island aswell. Had a stroll down the beach and enjoyed watching screaming people in fun-faires.

Times Square again.

This is actually me eating a crêpe filled with white chocolate and strawberries, in Washington Square park at 2am in the morning. It was after meeting Jamal in his music/video store and visiting Wha Jazz Club. On our last night in New York, we actually went all the way up here to have those crêpes again, before we walked back to chinatown.
Walking across Brooklyn Bridge.

First time we met Greg! This is in a tall building at Columbus Circle overlooking Central Park.
Times Square.
Church anthony something. Or maybe I am totally wrong. We visited a lot of churches, but this is the only one I lit a candle for both, Mom, Grandma and Rino's Grandma.
Trainride on our way to Morristown.

Got pretty much lost in Bronx while looking for Bronx park and Bronx Zoo. Didn't have time to visit Edgar Allan Poe's house.
Dined at Planet Hollywood on the day before we were due to go home to Norway. Regret not being there before.
Rented City Bikes close to our hotel in Chinatown, and cycled our way to the river, down to the bottom of the island and up again. This is Battery park overlooking New Jersey.
Took the train to Coney Island. Went to a Freakshow there and found a live crab in McDonalds on Mermaid Street.

An early morning trip to Statue of Liberty! Met a norwegian couple on the boat, right after we had talked about something in norwegian that you shouldnt talk about in public.
In Times Square we found a museum-ish thing with an Avengers part, Lego part and Human Body Exhibition part. We decided to go see the Avengers and Human body Exhibition.

Jekyll & Hyde again. This time a witch came up to me asking if I wanted a shot. I did.

The same day we rented our awful City Bikes. I say awful cause it's an idiotic system where you have to go back to a City Bike station with your bike every 30 mins and get a new code if you don't want to be charged more than the full cost of a days rental. Everytime 20 mins had passed we went hysterical trying to find another City Bike station. After a while we gave up this and just figured we had to bike as fast as we could to our destination, cost what cost may (Not a good idea i tell you). So here we are on our way up the river to the top of Central Park where we entered the park and cycled through the whole park.
This is around midnight at a cinema close to Washington square park where they had a viewing of both Big Lebowski and Seven. We are standing in line for Seven. I fell in love with those long night walks in New York.

This photo is taken at Ripley's Believe it or not Odditorium in Times Square. It was fun and interesting. I've always had a thing for weird stuff. For example the Rooster that lived for 4 years without a head. Died when he chocked on a corn.
One of those beautiful afternoons in Central Park.

At a jazz club somewhere on Broadway street close to Huston street and a short walk home to our hotel in Bowery street.
Another one of those long walks in Central Park.

Doing our research up front on New York Events we got had a chance to join the last film viewing in Bryant Park Film Festival. The last shown movie was The Shining, and everyone gathered around the park and at a given hour the grass was open to the viewers and we all run to the middle looking like we were flooding the place. Me and Rino didn't run though, but after a while feeling our asses hardened by the benches we decided to go sit on the grass, and a lovely woman beside us offered us one of her blankets. When the movie was due to start the grass was completely packed with people.
Walking meaninglessly through streets when we're about to bid adiou to Greg.

Got our photos taken at Ripley's Odditorium being real tourists and all.
I love bridges like this in the background. The one in Ripley's Odditorum was insanely fun to walk over.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

saturday nostalgia

This song reminds me of highschool, of the movie Super, og a book by Dean Koontz called Dark Rivers of the Heart (which I'd love to re-read one day), and it reminds me of endless bussrides, of heavy sleep, og loneliness and of the blog where it should have been long ago. I have no relations to the music video, I'll admit I didn't even look it through now before posting it - but I'm sure it can't be that bad.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rage agains the dying of the light

Do not go gentle into that good night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

~ Actually ended up going back to the movies to watch Interstellar for the second time on a big screen.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Look who's here!

Meet Denna, Bast, Tempi and Wilem!

Bebi's babies: coming soon!

Bebi says hi!

Not too long ago we took Bebi to the vet because of some vaginal infection. Thankfully it was harmless and as soon as she got her medicine she got to herself again. While we were there we wanted to see the babies, and if they were all right, so we had a look at her tummy with ultrasound. We could count at least four tiny babies in there, maybe five. We saw their spines and their tiny hearts pumping, wriggling around fighting for space in there. It feels like i know the babies so well already, constantly having my hand on Bebis tummy to feel them move.

Their date of arrival is at the door. Before november 22nd, the babies should have arrived safe and sound. We have everything ready for her, and her box where we have a heating lamp to keep the small wrinkly babies warm at all times. I do hope she will have her babies in my bed though, its so much more easy to get access to her that way, so that I can help her, and calm her and cut their navel chords. And if necessary, help the kittens have their first breath of air.

I can't explain how excited I am. She's been getting more and more relaxed and very contact seeking these days. Sometimes she just wants to lie on my breast and have her head under my cheek, nuzzling very calmly. She's going to be such a beautiful mom. I already know her mom-skills as she was a surrogate for Emmas kittens last year, only this time she will do most of it herself. I do hope Emma wants to help her. Atleast if there are 5 surviving kittens. That can be quite a lot of work.

Anyway, wish us good luck!

The last photo to the right there shows how she just wants to be close to my throat in endless snuggles.