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In The Rearview Mirror 2018 pt. 4

Flashback Friday


    A mild October arrived, and I used to take walks through Central Park every now and then. October is also halloween and it was so fun to see everyones halloween decorations. I was walking across Manhattan on Halloween and actually got delayed because of all the little kids doing their trick or treat. The sidewalk was packed, on both sides of the street. I have never seen anything like it, but I loved it. In October we also got a new kitty cat, Garvey, named after Marcus Garvey. He is a true East Harlem kitty, born on the streets and then eventually ended up with us. October also brought us up north for a wedding in Montreal. We are so close to Montreal and we took the car up there. On the way back we went on our first hike i New York and boy did it kick our ass. Once we got back we had more time to explore Riverside Park and other parts of the city.


    Temperatures were still pretty mild, but as soon as that sun dropped it turned icy cold. I still can’t understand that we actually do really live in New York City. It just sounds so bizarre and weird. When the beautiful fall colors finally arrived I went on a fall photo tour in Central Park with a friend. We had fika twice, because what Swede does not do fika? We got a light dusting of snow and the only Christmas feeling I got in November was when I volontered at the Swedish Church and their Christmas Market. I baked saffron buns and also ginger snaps from scratch with another Swedish friend I’ve met here.


    When you least expected it December had already arrived. I had bought a proper advent candle holder at the Swedish Church and finally celebrated all advents in proper style, with candle lit and fika. W and I went down to the most southern part of Manhattan and explored the Seaport District. We also went to Chinatown and as always when we come back from there we had an awesome dinner. Then my dad came for Christmas. We explored even more, we went to the Interpid Sea, Air and Space Museum, walked around East Harlem, upper East side and Central Park a lot. We walked around a bit in Brooklyn, Long Island City, Roosevelt Island, the Battery, Chinatown and Hells Kitchen. It’s quite amazing how large only Manhattan is. We even ventured out late at night to Times Square. This was unfortunately the very first Christmas I celebrated in the US without any snow on the ground.

In The Rearview Mirror 2018 pt. 3

Flashback Friday



    We managed to arrive to NYC on the hottest day of the year, 105F, which made it quite horrible moving in. I spent two nights in NYC before I was flying over glaciers towards the heart of the midnight sun. After a few days we finally landed in Nome, by the ocean, mountains and ancient muskoxen. What a fantastic place, but also with a dark side like many other Alaskan villages. I celebrated yet another 4th of July in Alaska, this time in Nome, and it was pretty much the same as the celebration back in Ester just outside of Fairbanks. We went and saw the famous train to nowhere and went walking along the ocean searching for old glass. On the way back to civilisation and NYC I had about 9hrs in Seattle. Got to spend time with W’s aunt and had a lovely dinner before continuing on my 24 hr long trip. Back in NYC the days literally blew by and soon August had arrived.


    August continued to be hot in New York, and humid. I am not even sure how I will survive next year, but this city gets too hot for me. We explored new areas, a Russian bar downtown was a pretty interesting and fun stop. We also discovered that despite being a city of so many people, you can find a lot of green space. There are a ton of community gardens all over the city. Tycho continued to struggle in the hot weather while I explored new areas. I went to a place called Rockefeller Park, and found a bunch of cool statues. We spend several times in Central park, drinking wine or beer and playing games. We walked the Brooklyn Bridge, discovered new areas in Brooklyn. We went to Chinatown and bought some seafood, and also explored neighborhood bars.


    By September we needed a break from the city and went to Pennsylvania and W’s grandma. A well needed break from the city. We went biking and explored parts of the area around her house. Back in NYC we went for runs, found new food, went to IKEA in Red Hook in Brooklyn and bought some awesome Ecuadorian streetfood from a food cart that we ate in a bar. We went and saw Paul Simons last show of his last tour in Flushing, Queens. I went and visited a new old friend in Long Island City. We went to the university in Uppsala together and now she has lived in NYC for a while. We also went to Princeton which is a beautiful little university town. Played more games in the park, walked the High Line and just had to walk into a bar named “the Trailer Park Lounge”.

In The Rearview Mirror 2018 pt. 2


Flashback Friday



The first few days of April we did get some snow showers, not enough to go skiing though. We had a couple of relaxing days, more baking before W defended his dissertation. Of course, a newly minted doctor needs a spectacular cake that shows what type of research his does. It took several hours but the result beautiful (according to me) and the cake itself was delicious. His research is also about forestfires, but W studies the effect of tree regeneration. Spring arrived early, and we finally visited Wyalusing State Park and at the same time spring made giant leaps towards the summer. We also finally found out that we were moving to NYC.


    By May summer had basically arrived. All around campus you could see the Badger dressed (or undressed) in different outfits. The one outside my department showed the anatomy of the badger. W graduated and we now have another doctor in the family. I did more science and when W’s family came to visit, and we once again went to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. We went on my first road bike trip and had some great snacks afterwards. We also went north, up through Duluth and a short visit to Vikre Distillery. We continued to Superior National Forest and had a great time up there, what a gem that we somehow completely missed.


    June and hot temperatures arrived. I got an awesome postcard from a fellow blogger. I baked some more, and did more science. We went to Minneapolis and my first baseball game, which due to the 4 hr raindelay became my first non-baseball baseball visit. Tried to troubleshoot a new protocol in the lab which I had been for quite a few weeks. We had one last hurrah at our favorite cocktail bar, said goodbye to the lab, and packed up all our belongings. After a final visit to our neighborhood bar we departed Madison WI and arrived in NYC on the hottest day of the year, 105F.