The Mental weather

Thought I am going to drop in a quick update for you.

New Yorks weather is going mental lately. Not that it started off with a heatwave late July/ early August, we also had an earthquake a few days ago. It was a 30 second one but still weird. Never experienced one before. At the time I was sitting in the apartment on the couch when the TV, mirror and couch started checking. I looked outside and everything looked normal so I didn’t think that it could be an earthquake. I did google it though if earthquakes are common in NY which they were not.
Late in the day it was said on the news that there was an earthquake in NY and some people have been evacuated from their buildings just in case. This is very rare as the last earthquake in New York was 100 years ago.

That is still not enough… this weekend we are experiencing a hurricane. How exciting. lol It is going to be one of the biggest ones apparently. The subway will come to a standstill tomorrow noon and you can’t go anywhere. Luckily we have shops plus shopping center right in front of the door but news told to buy all essentials. There is going to be flooding but only near the coastal areas and people have been evacuated. We don’t have to leave as we are more in the middle. We will still see the hurricane though. I might post photos if they turn out good. The hurricane Irene is going to hit NY Sunday.

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First Week in New York PLUS Impression

It’s Thursday 25th August 2011 and I am already 10 days in New York. Time flies doesn’t it?

When I arrived a week ago on a Tuesday (15th August) Dermot collected me from the airport with flowers. Cute I know. Open-mouthed smile The flight was really smooth and it didn’t feel like flying for 7 hours. There was a lot of entertainment and food onboard. I watched 3 movies and played some games and the time flew.
The pre clearance at Dublin airport was a bit silly but of course I understand it needs to be done for security reasons. They let me in the country anyways. haha
After I landed in New York and had trouble finding the baggage claim area I made it into the arrival hall with Dermi collecting me. He didn’t see me as I came in a different so I surprised him for once. Smile We took a taxi to the apartment then. That day it was really warm and they used to have hotter days before that!

Arrived in the apartment and already cleaned and moved a few things around to make it look at home. lol We had to buy a few bit and pieces the next day but that is to be expected all the time. That day I was too tired from the trip to go anywhere so I went to bed at around 6pm New Yorker time which is 11pm Irish time. I slept about 12 hours which was great.

Wednesday 17th August  was my first day at work in the office. I spent the day learning the product. The coming days were easy enough with testing the product etc.

The first weekend Dermot and me went to do sightseeing.

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World Trade Center being built again

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World Financial Center inside

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Me in New York

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Statue of Liberty

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Staten Island

Impressions:

  • Can’t complain about the weather as it is always really warm! It starts getting cooler though which is good as sometimes it can be too hot especially in the subway,
  • The food is a bit different over here. I noticed they have a lot of meals that contain egg. Not a fan of it but I like my Applebees restaurant and since a few days alos the Irish pub down the road. They serve lovely Shepherds Pie! Smile
  • Public Transport is brilliant!
  • Clothes shopping etc is very cheap but what does annoy me as when they display the price tag on the clothes it doesn’t include the taxes for whatever reason. Which means when you go up to the till they charge you even more. I probably will have to get used to it.
  • Shops near the apartment would be nicer than carrying it 20mins down the road.

Apart from all that it is actually nice over here. We have a lovely apartment so can’t complain about that either! Winking smile

Sea, Sun & Waves

Long time no see. Smile

I’ve been busy the last few weeks and never even got the time to update you with my latest trips. I am going to do this right now. Winking smile

So like I mentioned in my last post I have been to Germany to visit my mum and then we went to Spain for a weeks holiday.

2nd August we took the train to the airport. We arrived in the hotel around 9pm as our plane from Madrid to Almeria was delayed. We were starving as Madrid airport terminal must have been only billed recently. No food anywhere. So it was even more delightful to be able to eat as much as we want in the hotel. Smile

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Our hotel ( If you look closer you can see 2 orange towels and 1 yellow one which was our room Open-mouthed smile)

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hotel from the seaside.

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Me having dinner one of the nights.

During this holiday we basically just relaxed and let the days go by without worrying about anything. I enjoyed it a lot. The hotel we used to go to still looks the same.

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Me on our balcony

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At the beach one evening

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enjoying Pina Colada in the hotel bar

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At the pool.

Biggest fun was the last 2 – 3 days. It was a lot windier and the waves in the Mediterranean Sea were high. So the last few days we spent the afternoons mostly there jumping over them or getting flushed away by them. Open-mouthed smile

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9th August it was time to fly home again. Funny thing was on the flight up to Madrid there was a passenger on board who actually wanted to fly to Barcelona. lol Luckily the air crew counted everyone and noticed someone needs to be on the other plane that was leaving at the same time on the way to Barcelona.
Landing at 10.30pm in Berlin we got picked up by our taxi driver and went home with a stop at Mc Donalds to eat a Cheeseburger ( well 2 in that case Open-mouthed smile)

The days after I visited my granny one last time before I went back to Ireland, did a bit of garden work so my mum didn’t have to do everything.

12th August I had to be up early. By early I mean 4.30am. Had to get the train at 5.34am. A lot of waiting at the airport, train station in Dublin, I finally got home at 6.30pm. Fluffy and Missy were already waiting and Bailey came along later. Smile