06 December 2014

Fall getaway, storm king mountain.


FAITHFUL DRESS, FREE PEOPLE TOP, SUNDAY SOMEWHERE SUNGLASSES





Was stoked and lucky enough to have our friend Zach, drive us up to Storm King mountain for the day - walked amongst layers of Fall leaves and got lost within mildly dense forest and wheat. The art space was definitely something I had not predicted so for anyone who's thinking of skipping out the city life and polluted air, make sure to bring walking shoes, some warm layers & possibly a little picnic basket.. actually cut out the picnic basket, it's situated on a vast piece of land with a huge abundance of forestry, so lugging around the basket may not be the best idea. But yes, bring food. Prepared to get lost & make sure to head in before noon as the sun sets down relatively early - as said, you don't rush art and there is a ton of sculpture to get through! If you love and appreciate sculpture art - it's worth the trip. Make sure you have a car!


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12 November 2014

An Aussie in the Big Apple.






A few things I've experienced:

- New Yorkers and Americans in general are very into Halloween. If you're a centuar, you are a centuar - you have home made fur shoes/pants and prosthetic 3rd and 4th hind legs. If you're Batman, you are BATMAN and you also have the entire Batman posse with you - Batgirl, Robin, The Joker, Bane and even Alfred - I didn't even know you could dress up as Alfred. 
- I went to Ricky's for a Halloween costume and they sell every single thing imaginable. I found a "blind person" costume. Walking stick and black shaded sunglasses for $7.99.
- New Yorkers don't understand "are you keen for a feed", "that's heavy", "that's dodgy", "you're a mol". They think saying "heaps" is funny/very Aussie.
- Most overheard subway topic: Ebola & 20 something year old single girl problems. 
- It's the beginning of November and I hear Christmas carols and see Christmas lights almost everywhere - sorry what?
- If you say rubbish bin instead of trash can, or refer your metro card to your train ticket no one will know what you're on about.
- Americans think an Aussie accent is an English accent because they "sound the same". No. We do not sound the same.
- Online dating is a thing, apparently people take it seriously here.
- Recycling almost doesn't exist and trash bags pile on top of each other on the side of the road - I find this seriously bizarre.
- There is a line for almost everything.
- Public toilets kind of don't exist..
- Art galleries and exhibitions are rarely free - Never pay more than $22 for a ticket. Thursday nights are "art nights" in the Art district (Chelsea), and Moma has free Fridays every Friday. Take advantage, no one should pay for culture!
- Nearly everything has syrup or/is sweetened. 
- If you're getting in trouble for something minor or borderline major you can use the excuse "I'M AUSTRALIAN! SOZ, I DIDN'T KNOW" you will probably get away with it.
- Gentrification is so fast paced that Williamsburg is the new Manhattan and Bushwick is the new Williamsburg and in about a years time, Bushwick will be so Williamsburg I probably won't even recognise the street I currently live on. 
- Food trends are a thing.
- So are dogs. Everyone has a dog. They have a Halloween parade dedicated to dogs - which also proves how much New Yorkers love Halloween.
- SUNRISE MART.
- You must spend at least one drunken night in a very trashy karaoke bar. Drunk singers take Karaoke very seriously. The host will also most likely be either: a) A slightly overweight topless male. b) An African American man with arms too toned for a host job wearing a gold leotard with drag hair and make up. 
- Central park is beyond beautiful. 
- If you're a tourist and you're only in New York for less than 3 weeks, don't bother trying to get use to the subway lines - it took me 4 weeks & I still occasionally get confused to what is Uptown and what is Downtown - because everything that's uptown can also be downtown, and everything downtown can also be uptown. 
- Conversing with a complete stranger on the street, subway, cafe and pretty much anywhere is normal/acceptable.
- So is going for a drink (right this minute, right this second). New Yorkers are extremely open and friendly.
- Almost everything fun and outdoorsy closes October 26, because, Winter. 
- If you don't have Google maps, good luck with trying to find your way around anywhere. 
- Exploring the city on a tourist bus is ok and also a great way to learn historical & cultural facts. It also helps geographically. 
- People still use the phrase B&T aka, Bridge and Tunnel, aka anyone from New Jersey. Terrible, I know.
- If you're Australian and you're at a party, people will circle you and stare at you with their mouths open. Prepared to be bombarded with all sorts of questions; eg. Do you surf? Do you see Kangaroos everyday? You're accent is SO cool, do I have an accent? Did it take 24 hours to get here? I love your accent, can you keep talking? Why aren't you tanned? Is it Summer all year round?
- If you're friend introduces you to their friend and mentions you're Australian, they will also stare at you with their mouths open. Apparently being Aussie is cool here. 
- Majority of the people I've met are insanely creative and or intellectual.
- I've yet to have met a New Yorker who is actually born and raised in New York.
- Nothing is ever ordinary or boring. The synergy between the diversity of creatives/intellects that constantly curate/refresh, and the iconic history that shapes NYC creates a vibe that will always drive and inspire you. However, this city will exhaust you. 

ps. I might make a list every week - if you can bear.

Next post: Fall getaway, storm king mountain.