The Breakfast at Veselka

You know you have a good friend when they’ll wake up at the crack of dawn to have breakfast with you when you’re in town.

We decided to meet up at Veselka in the East Village. Leave it to New York to have a 24 hour Ukrainian diner and let me tell you, it was was amazing. (Remind me, I need to find a Ukrainian place in  Tokyo!)

I love catching up with a grade school friends and it always tickles me to no end when I realize that we’re both grown ups now. I mean, when did that happen?

After breakfast, I took the train back to my hotel, which I’d been wanting to do forever. Work trips usually mean we have a car service but I’d heard and read about so many people complaining about how horrible the subway in New York was, I had to try it.

But train ride was smooth sailing all the way to Grand Central Station, with no delays, accidents, or crazy people. This unfortunately meant no subway horror stories to take back with me.

Ah well, maybe next time?

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The Afternoon in Brooklyn

We landed in JFK before noon and and headed straight out to find food.

There were multiple calls for burgers so we settled on this little nook in Brooklyn called James, since it was just down the road from our destination.

It always takes me a minute to get used to American service, which includes a LOT more conversation than Japan. Not that it’s a bad thing, just different. Japanese service means I tend to jump straight into ordering, especially when we’re all starving, but then I remember that saying hello and all that small talk jazz are part of the American culture and adjust accordingly ūüôā

After our delicious brunch we headed out to see a little bit more of Brooklyn.

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The Windows of New York

I personally love looking out the window.
The higher the window the better.
But apparently there are those who
like to look at windows.
Like graphic designer José Guiza.
In his Windows of New York project page
he posts an illustration of a window he’s seen every week.
The website says:
A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets,
this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my
restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city.

This project is part an ode to architecture
and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up.

Despite my love of looking below from windows,
I also hope I never stop looking up either.
Aren’t the windows beautiful?