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Blizzards in March

While I’ve toned down my posts on all the peculiarities of living in New York City, there are some things that will never stop being surprising. Exhibit A: the weather. Back in Vancouver, the weather is often dreary but predictable — it starts getting colder in November, peaks in January and slowly gets more and… Read more »

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Eggs and Stuff

I would never want to be the girl who only writes about what she had for lunch (or worse, brunch) but, well, I did have a very good brunch today. It featured all my favourite things: poached eggs, shrimp, Manchego cheese, Hollandaise, and soft grits served with bread for sopping up the sauce. I really… Read more »

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A Saturday Walk and East Village Characters

I did not know what to blog about today and so decided to ride the subway one stop from Brooklyn to East Village. You know, in the hopes that something interesting would happen there. Within ten minutes of shivering in the last of March’s cold spells, I ran into the following: An elderly woman in… Read more »

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That Kind of March Day

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cols: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens   Today was just that kind of day. The wind brought pellets of snow crashing against the window of my office in the morning… Read more »

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The Welsh Word for Homesickness

Do you ever feel homesick for something that does not exist? The Welsh even have a word for it: hiraeth, which loosely translates into a sense of nostalgia for something that you cannot go back to or that never existed. In my case, this means the life I had before coming to New York. It’s not that… Read more »

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A Few Days in New York

  If you were to look at the ordinary things I blog about, you could forget that I live in New York. Over the past few weeks, I’ve become so busy with a new job and the thousands of other little tasks that come with existing that I’ve completely neglected to document my experiences in… Read more »

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Clowning Around (Except Not Really)

Today, I encountered rudeness at every single step of my day. Strangers who were sarcastic towards me for no reason. Others who took out their own impatience on me. Even people I know who, through not showing up, made it abundantly clear that they consider their time much more important than mine. And while days like today are enough… Read more »

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Pasta Party

  I started a new job today! It is, of course, too early for me to wax too poetic about what I’m doing (beyond writing and reporting, of course) and how it’s going. Instead, I am just going to share a photo of the two types of pasta I ate in toast to the new… Read more »

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Rewatching Sex and the City in 2017

I’ve decided to finally watch all the seasons of Sex and the City for the first time. (I’ve obviously watched odd episodes before, but never a full season.) Doing that in 2017 is a strange experience — some of the moments feel incredibly dated while others could apply to any woman living in New York today, whether she… Read more »

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Subway Etiquette (Or A Bit of Rider Shaming)

I’m in a grumpier mood than usual this evening and so want to rant about something that I often see happen on the subway. Crowded train. Lots of people. One pole between several rows. Some particularly clever person leans against the pole instead of grabbing it and, by doing so, leaves everyone around without something… Read more »