A literal blind date

Sensory speed dating. They sit everyone in a room, stick a number on you, blindfold you, move you around, and then make you sniff, feed, and touch each other. If you like the other person, you touch your nose, and the matches are displayed at the end of the night. Doesn’t that sound awful? Wouldn’t you…

Hold your sorrow gently

You’ve all seen New York on TV, and it’s easy to imagine what the city sounds like. Cars, footsteps, and the occasional “Ey, I’m walkin’ here!”. But the truth is, cinema soundscapes leave out something important. Maybe it’s an accident, maybe they figure the sound will be distracting, but they leave it out. When have you…

Like a big pizza pie

Today is going to be rainy, and I have no clothes left. This means I won’t feel guilty for spending the day doing mundane things. I got my coffee and set out to find a laundromat. Oh a thrift shop! So I was in there for two hours, chatting with the owner about the usual…

Coney Island Copper

I woke up with the plan to go to the upper west side. A few people have mentioned to swallow my pride and go on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour to get a feel of the city’s layout before wandering around it. I will eventually, but having gone my whole life without a license, I think people might…

Fall

I went to meet Claire & Co. the next morning, before they head back to Virginia. The walk from the tram to their place was beautiful, and I got my first experience of Fall. Autumn in Australia is brown, dry, and the leaves are full of spiders. Even in the UK, the colours aren’t this…

Long distance best friends

My best friend Claire, who lives in Virginia, drove up with her husband Will, and son Jackson. Jackson is my Godson and he is the cutest boy I’ve ever met. I went to meet them in Williamsburg, which reminded me of Fitzroy. Claire and I never get to hang out, we are always in opposite countries, and often…

The sun will go on rising and setting

I stayed that night with Amanda, who had played at the White Lion with her band (including her Husband) circa 2010. She kindly told me I could stay with her on my first night, even though I gave her very little notice. We went for coffee (cawfee) in the morning, and after she left for…

Brooklyn, Brooklyn, take me in

The line for the cab was long and boring, the cab driver didn’t have GPS and didn’t know where I was going, and I didn’t have access to wifi. I could hear my mother speak from my mouth as I repeated the address in individual syllables. Finally, his wifi picked up and he knew where…

The Sky Bed

At least the plane will be empty? I’m studying psychology and social science, this will be an interesting time to witness America’s resilience. And all the other positive self-talk I could muster. I was on my way to America, whether I was in the Biff timeline or not. The plane was empty. Air NZ have just…

I’ve made a huge mistake

“Can you think of any reason why I might not want to go to America right now?”. My sister assured me; no, you’ve been talking about this for ages, just go now. I racked my brains and I couldn’t think of any events I might miss, any problems I might have, or any negative reason to…

Why don’t you just go now?

I was sitting at my kitchen table with my housemates, deliberating when I was going to go to NYC. They were politely listening to me talk myself in circles about my possible plans. I had just finished exams, and had planned to do my 2017 placement over there in January, and I was considering making that placement…