It's true, I do care about the lovely people that read this blog, and I do feel shamefully guilty that I don't update it more often but the truth is that at the minute, there just isn't that much going on. Well, nothing that is directly relevant to this expedition anyway. The main reason for that is that there's so much other stuff going on in my life, The Cycling Reporter planning has bee confined to the back seat. This won't be the case forever, but please bear with me while it is.
I don't want to bore you with stories of what I had for breakfast (Maple syrup and brown sugar flavoured oatmeal, sprinkled with a handful of raisins and some sliced banana) but I'll share some of my highlights from my last week or so in NYC.
Sorry for the delay since my last post. I've been pretty busy, but I guess I've also been pretty lazy in not posting! Update wise, there's not a huge deal to mention. I've been thrown in the deep end with work here, and it's a lot of fun. I'm starting to get to know my way round parts of the city, and finding good hang out spots. The tourist attractions have on the whole still eluded me so far, but I'll catch them soon I'm sure, and right now I'm happy just to be living and working here - it's nice to feel more like a local every day! It's also pretty cool when I get given errands to run such as 'Just drop this off to the Empire State Building, will you?' So work in Manhattan is great, and living in Brooklyn is also going well so far. It means a 40 minute commute to the production company everyday, but it's kinda nice in a way - without wanting to sound cliched, Brooklyn feels more 'real' than Manhattan. That doesn't explain it very well, I'll think on it and write more when I can articulate it. They're both amazing places to spend time though, so I guess I'm lucky to be able to.
The down side is that it seems impossible for me to stop spending money. Even if I have everything I need for the day, somehow I still manage to spend something somewhere. Frugality is slowly taking hold again however, so it should just be a matter of time before I learn how to survive here without having to pay for it. It's definitely an expensive city though - I guess I just overlooked that. But still, fun to be had on every corner, you can't really put a price on that, eh?!
The expedition side has kinda had an enforced break since the move, and I restarted it sluggishly by sending out a few emails and making a couple of calls. It's not much, but a start. I have been spreading the word to the people I've met here so far though, so hopefully I can build some interest in the trip from there. I've got a positive reception about it, and I'm learning a lot about the documentary process every day through the production company I'm with. I guess that means once I get myself organised and proactive again, everything will start sliding into place.
There should be some good news related to the expedition coming at the weekend, so keep an eye out for that, but until then I won't bore you with any more details of my day to day life - I'll write again when I've formed some coherent thoughts about NYC. Perhaps it's still just a little to fresh for me to express how I'm finding it yet - we'll see. Meanwhile, here's a few more snaps. They're mainly of Brooklyn - a few on the Bedford-Stuyvesant area where I live, and some more on and around the Brooklyn Bridge. The uploading process isn't going very smoothly, so it's rather a random selection, but I'll put up the others at a later date.