The Brooklyn Bridge

Okay, this is my final post about this particular US trip – promise! After leaving Seattle I had a stopover in Minneapolis for 12 hours. It was overnight so unfortunately I couldn’t go and explore. I set up camp in the ‘business lounge’ area of the airport – I had a desk, I wrote in my … Continue reading

Brooklyn via Chinatown

After our day out at Coney Island, Rebecca and I headed to Williamsburg to get some (seriously) delicious falafel at Oasis and check out Skinny Dennis – a wonderfully incongruous Nashville-style bar my friend had recommended. There we met up with Sam, a Twitter friend and Brit living in NYC who had kindly given me tips … Continue reading

Coney Island

I went to Coney Island with my friend Rebecca. It was exactly as cheesy and fun as I’d expected. We went on the Wonder Wheel then got cotton candy to eat on the beach. We didn’t see any freak shows. I don’t know if that was a good or bad thing.

The High Line

I became Facebook friends with Eno when I wrote her this faintly ridiculous message in 2007, when I lived in Taiwan: Hi Eno, I’m just sitting with my friend Lewis in Jhunan in Miaoli County and we decided to search for people who like Sonic Youth. You like Sonic Youth, Eno, and many other good … Continue reading

FAO Schwarz

On 5th Avenue by the southeast corner of Central Park lies the legendary toy store, FAO Schwarz. Remember when Tom Hanks played on the massive piano in Big? That was there. (And the piano is still accessible, swarming with excitable children.) There are so many different sections to the shop. And so many giant versions … Continue reading


I was blown away by MoMA. In terms of atmosphere I much preferred it to the sprawling Metropolitan Museum. The staff at MoMA were friendlier and the building had a relaxing and comprehensive layout. I discovered that, never having really thought about it before, I really like Mondrian. This makes sense, given that everywhere I … Continue reading

Central Park

I must admit, before I visited New York, I expected to be disappointed. It’s the setting for so many films and TV shows, how could it possibly live up to expectations? Central Park is one of the locations so frequently used on celluloid (I am sad that celluloid is no longer being used for films, … Continue reading


After my ridiculous journey to New York, I went out for dinner with my friend Rebecca and her boyfriend Alex. We went to a German restaurant on Brooklyn’s Seventh Avenue and tried to decide whether we had the energy to go out in Manhattan or not. We went back to Rebecca’s boss’ apartment where we … Continue reading

Brooklyn via Dublin

Last month I went to the USA for the first time ever. I was really excited, not least because I never really expected to get the time off work and strongly suspected I wouldn’t be able to afford it. Somehow I pulled it off, after a summer of working ridiculous hours and saving up. The trip was … Continue reading

Travel Plans

I am sick and having a day off work so can’t do much in the way of physical organising for my trip to New York, Seattle and Vancouver. I am flying to NYC this Saturday so hopefully I’ll be better in time! In order to alleviate the monotony of packing and planning, I am drawing … Continue reading