Back in New York, 2 years later

It’s barely 8:00pm and I am already in my pjs. I’ve had dinner, the lights are out, my front windows are cracked open, letting in a cool breeze. I’m exhausted. It’s been a long, tough 4-1/2 months leading up to this trip.


All week I’ve worried that this time in New York will be a let-down, a disappointment. The 30 days I spent walking this city in July of 2011 were simply magical, life-changing. How could I possibly repeat that heartbeat every morning?


The newness has certainly worn off. As the plane descended onto the city, I didn’t feel quite the same awe I did two summers ago. I looked down from the window and could identify the neighborhoods. I could name the bridges that span the East River. I knew exactly what route the cab driver would take to reach my apartment.


“What next?,” I asked myself. After all, I had reached my dream in so many ways.


Seema greeted me at the door with an European kiss on each cheek, just as she did that first summer. Not much had changed in the apartment but, God, I immediately felt so at home. A big ol’ smile just washed my face. I’ve missed this place. I really have.


The kids at the bar next door are going strong. I can hear a faint hint of laughter wafting through my open window. A small yappy dog is barking now and then, and the muted roar of cars and planes fills the rest of my background.


I’m so happy to be back.


I’d love to have you come along with me as I re-discover this fabulous city. Just click the LIKE button on the top of my Facebook page and come on!

I did manage to find some cool graffiti on my way in. Enjoy:

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13 Responses to Back in New York, 2 years later

  1. Jane K. says:

    Welcome back to your home away from home!

  2. Edie says:

    How long are you there? Mike and I are coming for Open House NY oct 11. Let’s get together.

  3. Sheryl says:

    Where are you off to next? The best and only way to explore NYC is on foot – for sure!

  4. Constance Trover says:

    Oh Lisa! Am eargarley awaiting your new stories, I feel I am right there with you my friend, so excited!! I am sure you will not be dissappointed, there is always something new to see! And the comparasions from last visit may be shocking! Oh my :) xo

  5. Kay Lynn says:

    I love visiting New York city but also am glad to get home to more open space and the California vibe.

  6. I’m a New Yorker, born and bred. I love it when people love my city! Thanks . . . enjoy!

  7. lisaweldon says:

    Debbie, Debbie, Debbie. I’m your hometown’s biggest fan. Oh, I just love it there.