New York, New York

I arrived in New York on Thursday. Despite my throbbing tooth, and the anxieties that reared their head in some sleepless nights the week before, and the ridiculous questions I asked at the airport because it was so new, I ticked off another big challenge and touched down in Newark remembering, again, that it is possible to do things that you can’t imagine ever being able to do.

New York has blown me away. It too, has surpassed my imagination.

On Friday, I started early. The weather has been beautiful and I crossed the Brooklyn Bridge under blue sky and intense sun. I headed down Broadway (and yes, I did have Dolly Parton singing loudly in my ears) to South Street Seaport and took the Staten Island ferry past the Statue of Liberty – and then back again. I ended up looping the bottom of Manhattan via Battery Park, which was dotted with history; and cutting back into the city to visit Ground Zero, where it was impossible to reconcile the scaffolded building site with what really happened.

From there, I walked through China Town, somehow missing Little Italy, and headed up Broadway to the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. I was worried that it would be lonely travelling solo but it turns out that I have my friends at the back of my mind all the time anyway (cartooners and doodlers, you know who you are :) ). I had lunch in a cafe near East Village, and met a girl who gave me a flyer to an exhibition of John Lennon’s art exhibition which unexpectedly blew me away; and then I turned back on myself and walked through East Village to Lower East Village, where beautiful shops hid amongst the high rise red bricks -

This is what I will take with me: the colours and the sounds and the mingling of smells that I just can’t describe.

I limped back over Manhattan Bridge as the sun was setting and realised that, though there has been a gigantic delay, I am finally doing the things I imagined doing when I was very young. Somehow, the delay has made it all the more special.

I have spent the past few days at the NEDA conference, meeting some of the US – and Australian – bloggers and tweeters that have become so important to me. It has been an amazing experience to sit down to dinner with some truly remarkable people whose insight and support has been such a big part of my journey.

Tomorrow, I have been instructed to visit the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck by @jdistraction, where I will be trying wasabi pea ice cream…. ;)

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4 Responses to “New York, New York”

  1. Lola Snow says:

    I am just so happy that you have done this Issa, it sounds amazing! I cannot wait to find out what the wasabi ice cream was like!!

    Lola x

  2. Had a wonderful time in NYC and such a pleasure meeing you, Melissa. You are helping many through your words & blogging. Got a kick out of reading you had “Dolly Parton singing loudly in my ears.” I used to work for her sister, Stella Parton, when I lived in Tennessee, during my first post-graduate assignment after receiving my Masters. Keep doing what you are doing but remember to take care of yourself too!

    Sharon R Peterson, LCSW-C
    Founding Director of EDN Maryland

  3. Melissa says:

    I chickened out on wasabi but vanilla was quite an acheivement still. I’m happy too. And giving myself courage to say this. xx

  4. Melissa says:

    Thanks for your kind words Sharon and can’t express how much your support and the opportunity to meet everyone at NEDA meant to me. I am already thinking of my LA theme tunes… :)