Today’s article was supposed to be the monthly food retrospective, but today is a special day. Indeed, it has been precisely 6 months since we are back in New York.
And since one of my passion in life is list making (#weirdo), I decided to write a little bit about our new life in New York. 182 days in the City that never sleeps, follow me, c’est par ici:
What did change in 6 months:
- I wear only comfortable shoes.
- I do small talk with the casher at Whole Foods.
- There is a Whole Foods near my place.
- Whole Food’s bagel are delicious.
- I am eating bagels for breakfast.
- I say “hi, how are you” to everyone.
- I stopped answering “I’m fine, how are you” every time.
- I am always surprised when someone actually answer me “I’m fine, how are you?”
- I am marvel about everything “it’s soooooo nice to meet you” or “I looooooove it”. I use to think it was exaggerate and useless, but now it makes me feel good!
- I pay everything with credit card
- A $3000 rent for a one bedroom doesn’t shock me anymore. “View + doorman, huh? In that neighborhood? Wow, not that bad!”
The positive things:
- I met a lot of incredible people, made good friends, and had a lot of great laughs.
- My address ends with “New York, NY 10016”.
- I see the Chrysler Building from my window.
- My (young) freelance career seems to be on a good way.
- I understand 99% of what is going on around me.
- I can tell the cab driver where I want to go or order food at the restaurant without having them make me repeat 3 times.
- I even dare to answer a phone call.
- My technic to avoid the streets vendors is infallible.
- I don’t get stopped by the tourist-trap-guys anymore. Just by the ones who work for charity (and those who want me to get a new haircut. But I have always had some kind of weird hair-look!)
- I had plenty of time to make myself better in photography.
- At the restaurant, I don’t have to beg for vegetarian options anymore.
- In fact, I don’t need to ask for it at all: they always have a few veggie dishes on the menu (yes, a few!)
The negative things
- It’s been 6 months since I ate my last elbow pasta with kiri dish.
- I still don’t totally get how to take a bus in New York
- The subway is terribly hot outside and crazily cold inside.
- I had to give up a few gorgeous pair of shoes, and sometime, they haunt me during the night.
- My total loss of financial autonomy is kind of difficult for me to accept. I let you imagine my craziness when I received my first paycheck as a freelance (even if it was not that much money!)
- Finding a job without knowing anyone is sometime almost impossible.
- My apartment is as big as a shoe box. A beautiful shoe, but still a shoe.
- And more seriously, I miss my family and my friends. Whatsapp and Skype are helping maintaining the communication, but nothing is better than a girls night out, focusing on criticizing everybody while drinking wine.
What did not change in my life:
- I still grumble a lot.
- I am still desperately on time at meetings (which impress all my French friends 😉 )
- I do not fast, I do not eat paleo and I do not sweat 4 hours per day on a treadmill.
- I still do not drink alcohol for brunch
- I still can’t drink those terrible Americanos coffee, even the latte!
- I haven’t been brave enough to get a gym membership!
I also wanted to tell you that I am competing for the Golden Blog Awards (in the “gastronomy” category, what a joke!) (The “bullshit” one was unfortunately not available!) I did not precisely understand what I could win, but it’s the taking part that counts I love to win anyway!
So, if you love my blog, click on this link and vote for me (on the website, on your left: “je vote”.) It’s a vote a day, if you want to do that daily! 😉 )
Also, feel free to tell your mother, your friends, your neighbors and even your grandmother about this! (Even if she doesn’t know how to use Internet, I appreciate any positive thought!)
In advance, THANK YOU, and stay tunes, I am working on a few “tricks and tips” articles about New York, Foodetcaetera’s style, which could help you plan your next trip to New York!