Settled in. Finally starting our New York routine. Coffee from our coffeemaker, first laundry in our building, first Sunday slow breakfast, opening the fridge to look up for something to eat. That feeling of stability and tranquility after so much newness and change since we arrived. A feeling we were so looking forward to.
I’m writing this post from my new desk in the studio we finished setting up yesterday. The Spaniel Studio in New York. Wow. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined this. This project that I launched almost two years ago has given me enormous joys and has put me in front of enormous challenge too. The one I’m facing is a good one. And I’m willing to make the most of it.
Having recived the furniture has also helped that stability, of course. Eating pizza on the floor is very romantic until it isn’t anymore and you want to eat at a table, sitting in a chair. We got the chair thing. The table… lets leave it for another day. The store we bought it from, whose name I’d like to forget, blames FedEx of course, but I’m not really buying it. Hopefully next week, let’s see what happens.
New York continues to excite me every day. I like its hustle and bustle, its rhythm, its sounds, its energy and its streets (I like its streets so much). This city is inspiring, here I want to learn and make a hundred new things (this blog may serve as an example). The lack of tourism is very noticeable, especially when going to places that years ago we remembered crowded. The sidewalks are not full of people, they’re occupied only by locals, so that helps us to blend in with the environment. The city has a special charm, but it is sad why it is so quiet. May the crowds, the selfies and the compulsive shopping that are so good for this city return soon.
If there’s one thing Fernando and I love, that’s taking walks with Porthos. And our walks here are something unique: Saturday morning to Central Park, Sunday afternoon to Roosevelt Island. With Porthos in the backpack crossing the East River by the iconic Tranway (it’s documented, don’t miss this week video). Having him with us has been a gift. He is a lovely old and happy dog -a surprise from Fer 13 years ago-, who makes us happy. A lot of New Yorkers stop to pet him, asking me if he is an English cocker spaniel, which is hardly seen here, and telling me that they love him. That’s one of the reasons why I like the people here so much. The other day walking along the Roosevelt Island promenade by the East River we remembered how 4 years ago walking in the same place we literally dreamed of walking in the same place with Porthos. This last week we decided that Sunday afternoons would be spent there. Saying goodbye to the week and getting prepared for the next one. Together, the 3 of us facing Manhattan.
Thanks for being there. Next week, more ♥