I have been slacking on my posting ever since my return from Europe, but not slacking on my traveling. A month after I got home I decided on a whim to buy a plane ticket back to NYC to see my friend Rebecca. I spent a week exploring the big apple on my own and we drove up state for a day to swim in a lake and hike. After NY we hit the road and headed up to Maine. We spent a few days in a primitive cabin in the woods on Deer Isle. With no electricity or water and no neighbors in sight, it was quite the adjustment from the week I had just spent in New York. The forest surrounding the cabin was full of wild raspberries, blueberries and a variety of mushrooms. We swam in several nearby lakes and spent a day canoeing in the ocean. After leaving Deer Isle we went to a folk show inside an old abandoned boxcar. We spent the rest of the week visiting a variety of friends of friends and enjoying the beautiful summer Maine weather.
Take an hour long train ride and you're in a different world, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Sandy beaches, carnival rides and cotton candy are a few of the sights and smells of Coney Island; a little escape for the people of New York. I met a few men who were photographing the area with their beautiful film cameras, one with a Hassleblad, the other with an 8x10 camera. They saw my Yashica and insisted I geek out for a minute. It's so cool to feel like part of a community solely because of my love for film.
Today my partner in crime for the next 7 weeks arrived in New York as well. I can't wait to share this adventure with another human.
New York, New York; the city that never sleeps, the center of the universe. I feel overwhelmed and excited all at once. Every second of time spent in this city is stimulating to all the senses. Millions of people living their lives simultaneously and parallel to each other but keeping mostly to themselves. I can see why people say this is a lonely place. I am excited to be here and to have the opportunity to experience a place filled with so much life and culture and history. The whole world exists within New York.