So, I want to do my own ‘7 wonders’ according to me as of right now.
1. Hotel: Taj Mahal Palace & Tower I stayed in this hotel the first time I visited Mumbai. Exactly one year later while in NYC, I looked up at the TV and saw it was under fire. On my current trip to Mumbai, it is the first place I visited. Overrun with security, boarded up windows and barracades for safety measures, it takes away from the stoicism the building has.
2. Beach: My favorite beach in the world was in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The simple fact is the beach had stones instead of sand.
3. Building: Chelsea Market. This was my haven in NYC- it was so un-NYC to me. The craziness was left outside it’s doors and breads, pastries and coffee filled the inside of this former Nabisco factory. I am in love with this place.
4. City: Berlin. I have a crush on Berlin. I want to date Berlin and see if anything happens. I think there is relationship potential. One of these days I’ll gather the courage to make the leap. Until then, I’m smitten with the idea of Berlin.
5. View: NYC skyline from Queens. I was watching the Bourne Ultimatum last night and my mind stopped itself in it’s tracks when the scene panned down 40th St. It’s like running into an old love when you least expect it. Your heart stops, you’re excited and terrified all at the same time. I have been away from NYC for six months and every once in a while I still have those “…wow, I don’t live there anymore…” moments.
I spent an early morning or two on the fire escape outside my room in Astoria just looking at the Manhattan skyline and typing soul searching emails, the only kind of emails that occur at 3am.
The skyline is the best in the world because a microcosm is contained within it.
6. Work of Art: I would like to say something intelligent like Monet, but it’s not me. I am a fan of graffiti art and always will be. I first realized this while studying in London and came upon some graffiti I would later learn was the product of Banksy. You can just search for “This is not a photo opportunity” to see what I’m talking about.
7. Journey: The trip from Dublin to Eagle’s Nest (an area about an hour out from Galway). I was with a friend, just roaming around Ireland for a few days. A friend of mine lived out past Galway in an area with no public transportation. This was the first trip where planning was not a viable option. We took a bus from Dublin to Galway. Then hitch-hiked from town to town. In Clifton, we looked at a few rooms to stay in since it was getting dark and we couldn’t seem to find any passing cars. As luck would have it, we decided to try one more time to hitch a ride and it worked.
While sitting in stranger’s cars- worried about getting abducted/murdered/or just in a regular auto accident; my mind was put a little at ease by the view.
I’ve got a lot more to see and do. This is only my list as of this moment. Maybe my journey back to Singapore tonight will become notable? Who knows.
Two packets of Emergen-C today. I might have to hit the third packet to make it through the day. If you find me covered in fizzy pink powder by the end of the week, I may have a problem.
Catching a cold in Singapore just seems rediculous because it’s so hot and humid. I somehow manage to catch what I like to call ‘airconditioner disease’ every 4-6 weeks due to hot-humid vs. cold airconditioning.