Saturday, January 7, 2012

MEMORIES AND CIDER IN DOWNTOWN

Even it's quite touristy at times, I still enjoy coming down to South Street area. When I first moved to NYC in 2004 I lived in the Lower East Side and would always take a walk down to South Street Seaport by the water on my days off from work. Wow, that was long time ago. Back then I didn't even think about staying here for more than four months. I lived in a crappy roach filled apartment in the housing projects of Delancey Street. My friend's friend had agreed to rent a room for me in his apartment as a favor for few months. I was happy I had roof over my head. And the rent was just $500/month. Those were very exciting times in my life. Didn't know much anybody in this city, did as much overtime I could at work and volunteered to work even my days off if needed, because the pay was so much better than what I was used to at $21/hour. My lifestyle was quite modest and I saved as much money as I could. I've always been great at saving money, minus the past four years. There were many dates though, with men I met through online dating sites. All good experiences, not one crazy person. 
Same year I met the man I am lucky to call my husband today. We went to so many great dates, wonderful restaurants and saw each other very intensively for few months until it was my time to return back home to Finland and finish school. But we kept calling and emailing each other every single day and eventually I decided to spend my entire summer vacation with him back in New York. That was great summer, no work, just fun. And that summer convinced me to come and live here once I got my thesis done and graduated. 
So this is what comes to my mind when I visit the places from my past that have now become my present. Thank you universe for guiding me this way.
Drinking cider outdoors in December (Smorgas Chef at Stone Street)
Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind,
Memories, sweetened through the ages just like wine,
Memories, memories, sweet memories…. (Elvis Presley)

5 comments:

  1. Familiar neighborhood...I lived on Gold Street back in the day ;)

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  2. Downtown is one of my favorite areas to take long walks, especially during these warm winter days. I can't believe I had lunch outdoors as recently as yesterday! And today seems to be even warmer. Got to get out and play! Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Hyvää uutta vuotta 2012, onnea, rauhaa sekä menestystä elämääsi! Ihana postaus menneisyydestäsi. Minusta on mukava aina kuulla tarinoita, siitä miten kaikki alkoi :)
    Mikä olikaan ala jota opiskelit? Se vielä kiinostaisi :)

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  4. Voi voi, kaikki kuvat NY:sta tuovat niin paljon muistoja mieleen! Olen jostain syystä nyt viimeisen kuukauden aikana nähnyt kolme kertaa unta, että olen joko lähdössä sinne tai paikan päällä. Jonkinlaisia enneunia? Hope so! :) Blogisi on kyllä ihana, siitä ei voi olla tykkäämättä!

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