March 28, 2011
It’s an interesting feeling, to start blogging again after a break.
I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who commented on my previous post. Thank you for your kind words and compliments. I’m glad my orange day was so well received. Perhaps everyone has one of those. It’s great that you’ve enjoyed mine.
I’d like to tell you so many things about my trip to New York, and about the Art Expo – which was the main reason why we decided to visit the Big Apple right at that time.
Before leaving, I was worried that everyone has already taken a bite of the Apple, leaving me with nothing at all. That all the books and films that made me so familiar with that city would give me no chance to form my own impressions. Of course, I was mistaken. Just like any large city, New York will always be able to surprise you.
At the beginning of the trip, we arrived into the city in the middle of the night, during something between rain and snow. When we stopped at a traffic light, the guy in the next car (having gestures for us to roll down the window) asked us if we were lost, and if he could help us find anything.
We stayed in a hotel, where half the visitors were speaking German and the other half were speaking French. I even had a chance to say “Bonjour” and “Bonsoire” to a few people. This made me grin in a silly way for a long time.
At the Art Expo, I had a chance to see and get to know many Russian artists and an even larger number of interesting people.
I was deeply astounded by the manner in which New York cab drivers go about the city. I can say, they really know how to do it – driving in a way that makes you feel like you won’t make it there alive, and yet you arrive at your destination incredibly quickly.
On separete occasions, I have visited other New York galleries and museums. I encountered paintings that I have known since childhood through books and magazines.
We walked around the city until complete exhaustion. Had our stay been just a little longer, I’m sure that the soles of our shoes would have worn off completely. How can you feel the atmosphere of a city without walking all around it? We kind of gave up a litte near the end, and purchased a guided tour on a vehicle.
And then...there were many other things, which I will get to soon.