Despite the fact that I keep posting pictures of New York on Instagram, we’re very much home. And the only reason I do that — post pictures of New York on Instagram, that is — is because I took way too many good shots of the city when we were there. And way too many bad shots as well, but people might understandably be less interested in those.
We had invited our kind hosts for dinner on our last night in New York, Monday night, before realizing that we were actually flying out on… Monday night. The problem was, with the f*****g time zone situation, we’d forgotten that 5:45 AM Paris time is actually 11:45 PM New York time. And we were flying out of Newark. That’s in New Jersey. And we were based in Brooklyn. That’s on the other side of town (I found out).
In the end, because the flight was delayed (naturally…), we had time to go back home to our hosts for coffee before getting on a cab, then spending another couple of hours in a packed airport terminal way past our bedtime (walking up Broadway for hours gets you to bed early). The good thing was — we could indeed sleep on the plane. Also, we’d booked on Norwegian and food is extra, so sleeping is the only thing we could really do anyway.
We landed in Paris at 2PM (local time), then took the always enjoyable RER / metro / walk back home with our luggage, which was luckily light, although it got somewhat heavier on the way back. Did you know that Levi’s jeans are a good 30% cheaper in New York than in Paris? Buy American in America, I say. Or French in France, only French products are mainly high end luxury items which my complexion doesn’t allow. And neither does my wallet.
In any event, by the time we unpacked — i.e. put all our dirty clothes in the washing machine — it was time to go to the movies. To watch a French movie, for a change: a comedy about a new couple going on vacation together for the first time. It reminded me of our first vacation together with my (now) fiancée: that was a year ago, when we went to Berlin for new year’s.
Berlin in 2018, New York in 2019… Moon 2020, Mars 2021? I don’t see any other option…