Monthly Archives: February 2013

Circus in Central Park

Last Sunday was a sunny day so I decided to go to New York City’s Central Park. The bus came on time, no traffic jam on the way and I didn’t have to wait long for the subway to bring me to 5 Av/59 St.

I stepped out of the subway station and as soon as I saw the natural light, the sunshine blinded me. It was beautiful. I haven’t had this exact feeling ever since summer ended. I put on my beloved sunglasses, had a quick look at the Diesel window, picked up a cup of coffee and walked to the Upper East Side entrance of Central Park. This was my very first Central Park experience and it already began so dreamy and perfect.

It was still too cold to sit on the grass so instead I chose a nice looking bench to sit on when all of a sudden a crowd of approximately 30 people were lining up in front of me, in rows of four. What the hell were they going to do?

There was a person sat next to me reading a paper. I couldn’t see his or her face but I was kind of intrigued because this person also covered his head with a baseball cap. Kind of like how you see it in movies when someone spies on someone else.

Then someone with a boom box came from behind a tree and pressed on the play button. Thrift shop blasting out of the speakers, wicked! Check the track below if you don’t know it yet.

So imagine you sitting in the park in Manhattan on a sunny day, right next to an unknown person and a bunch of people standing in front of you. Got it?

Then something like this happened (I didn’t tape it myself because I was totally overwhelmed by all of this energy and weirdness):

Then, out of the blue Sir William Vanderbilt walks by. I know who this is and I should, because I’m a big circus fanatic. Sir William Vanderbilt is one of the most famous lion tamers in the world. Lions are my favourite animals and I love going to the circus, it makes me feel like a little kid again. Of course, he didn’t bring a lion (would’ve been epic though), but he did bring a couple of his fellow circus co-workers. The first one was a juggler. He was so impressive! This guy was huge, I think I could easily fit in his body twice. But yeah, he’s very talented and I think the Big Apple Circus will definitely bring out the best in him and also the other way around. If you have the chance to see this circus, please do, you’re gonna be surprised by their acts for sure.

And then came the clowns. I don’t like clowns so I ran away to the subway, utterly scared they would follow me. I went to have coffee with the person who was sat next to me, you know, the one with the newspaper. He’s also afraid of clowns so he ran away with me simultaneously and his name is Andy Samberg, you may have heard this name before. If you don’t know him yet, meet Andy, a dapper fella known for this:

Alright wonderful people. I think I’ve written enough. Peace out!

This is a message to all gullible people: there’s only one true element in this story, the rest is plastic, people..

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Happiness

What a beautiful day! I’m looking out of my window, the sun is shining and I’m feeling good. At this moment my life is in perfect harmony. I’m having a blast here in America and nothing can bring me down. Happiness is something we create ourselves. A wise man once said “folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be”. I really believe that’s true. There were times I wasn’t as happy as I am now and of course everyone has their down days, but being stuck in that moment won’t help anyone and definitely not yourself. Take matters in your own hands, be as inspiring as you want yourself to be because no one can be happy for you, it comes from within.

Last week a friend of mine let me watch video, called “The 3 A’s of Awesome”. It’s quite a long video but if you have some time to kill, please watch this video. You’ll certainly feel revived and more appreciative after seeing it.

People become less and less appreciative of small things. The other day I was walking with a fellow international student to the cafe and the sun broke through. I took a moment to enjoy the sun and she didn’t even notice the sunshine. Ever since I got here there’s been snow. It’s been so cold and the only thing everyone could think about was summer. Unfortunately we can’t make time pass faster so instead just enjoy little moments like these. Today it’s quite warm outside and everyone seems so much happier. It’s the small things that make life worthwhile.

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I love you, William

So Friday night was interesting! It all began in the morning, still drunk-ish form the night before. The university had sent out a weather alert due to the infamous American blizzard. When I woke up and looked out of the window it really didn’t look that bad. I thought the Americans exaggerated like they usually do. Guess I was wrong.

I walked back to my dorm and man, it was damn slippery outside. The snow was soft, wet and didn’t stick to the floor. Every hour it got worse and I was a bit afraid.. Not because of the weather but because of the possibility I was going to miss Jamie Jones’ gig in Brooklyn. It was snowing badly and I really underestimated the power of this snowstorm.

At 7:30 p.m. Michalis and I were waiting at the busstop. Yosua was late and I was freaking out because we couldn’t miss the bus. All New Jersey busses and trains were suspended as of 8 p.m. and the only other way to Brooklyn was by Mexican bus. The thing though, is this bus stops at route 4 and we were 15 minutes away from the highway. Walking through the snow would take us at least 30 minutes. Was it really mission impossible to get to the city..? Finally, at a quarter to 8 Yosh arrived. Many buses came by, except for the 168 to NYC Port Authority.. After having waited for over 50 minutes, we gave up hope. It was long past 8 and the snow kept coming. There was only one solution: warm up William and use this beautiful young fella to bring us to Brooklyn.

Now, most of you probably don’t know who William is. William is a young Swedish guy and as you know, the Swedish know how to handle snow. There he was, covered in snow waiting to serve for us, give us a hand and help us survive. Michalis took William and us for a testdrive and after 15 minutes we were all set to go. Brooklyn, here we come!

Around 10:30 p.m. we arrived in Brooklyn. Quickly drank some Russian distilled beverages and went into this club called SRB Brooklyn. It was pretty much empty inside but after 1 hour people were trickling in.

Jamie Jones started his gig at somewhere around 2 in the night. I had a short chat with him, which was nice and then finally some nice beats to dance to. I really liked it, but what I didn’t like was the New York City crowd. I was dancing just in front of the booth (no, I’m not a groupie) and this guy was standing next to me, constantly shouting “Woooooh Jamie Jones!! Jamie Jones!!”. Imagine someone doing that for TWO HOURS STRAIGHT. And he wasn’t the only one screaming for the DJs’ attention. At one point I couldn’t take it anymore and neither could Michalis. We were ready to go home. Yosh had the night of his life, so babe, I’m sorry for dragging you back to William!

Because of the heavy snowfall, poor William was snowed-in and we had to wipe it all off. And of course, William was stuck in the snow. Yosh tried to push him out of the snow but couldn’t do it on his own. Thank God for the lovely people walking by and helping us.

It took us an hour to get home, the highway was almost empty which was nice. After dropping Yosua off at the campus, Michalis and I went to get some food and got lottery tickets (don’t know why we did that though). Michalis didn’t win anything unfortunately and I won a rather paltry 4 bucks. It was a good night, an experience and definitely an adventure.

William, I am grateful for your existence. Thank you. And Michalis, thank you as well for driving us.

By the way, if you didn’t get the message yet, William is a fuel-propelled passenger vehicle on four wheels.

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DJ Sneak

I have been listening to this set all day long. Hopefully he will perform in NYC in the next couple of months before I leave the States!

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Karma

I’m at Port Authority in New York waiting for my friends to pick up their phone. I’m meeting them in Chinatown to have dinner but I can’t get a hold of them. Now, as I was leaning against the wall a young woman walks up to me. She’s freaking out and about to cry. Her daughter had to go to the hospital immediately and the hospital is 6 hours away from Manhattan.

The woman tells me that her daughter was born with the down syndrome, has a heart disease and also has asthma. Next week she would’ve been operated but something went wrong today. She immediately was brought to the hospital because her heart is in bad condition.

The only problem was that the woman was $7 short on the bus ticket. I felt so bad for her and I could see in her eyes that she meant every word she said, so we went to an ATM and I gave her 7 bucks. She was relieved but still, six hours away from your child and being unable to help is emotionally very hard. I hope everything works out fine.

I told the woman I believe in karma and she’s a strong believer in karma as well. Today I helped someone out. I guess this was fate. For some reason I was standing in that spot unconsciously waiting for someone who was in need. I’m extremely gullible and maybe this was a scam but it doesn’t matter. Karma is a beautiful thing.