Life || Photo A Day #7

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Let’s just skip the intro since I can’t quite keep my eyes open but I’m too stubborn to publish this post on the weekend. Here’s another week in the life of moi.

February 12th

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Another day that slipped by before I’d thought to take a photo, so here’s a dinner-in-progress shot.

February 13th

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We had these grand plans of heading out for a hike today, the weather has grand plans of being shit. It was, but that didn’t stop us from going out. Everything was made better with a mid-hike pit stop for hot chocolate with a view. I knew buying little thermoses for our walks would be a great idea!

February 14th

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I waited all day to get some photos of the Twenty One Pilots concert in the evening, and just hoped they didn’t turn out rubbish. Some of them were alright so I couldn’t not celebrate Sunday with one of them.

February 15th

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Another doctors appointment for Kris and his thumb. Turns out, he has managed to chip a little bit off his thumb, where his tendon joins the knuckle and a little piece of bone is just floating about in there. Six weeks in a thumb brace for Kris, six weeks of mocking for me.

February 16th

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My favourite time of the day, sunset. Our house is in a great location to see both the sunrise and sunset but yet it’s just not quite in the right place to really see it. But still, I like it all the same.

February 17th

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I didn’t want to waste the sunny day photo from yesterday, so I’m using it for todays photo instead. It was still a sunny day on Wednesday, so it’s all totally legitimate.

February 18th

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It seems this week in all about the sky photos. Here’s Thursday’s sunrise, which I enjoyed from my bed whilst reading The Night Circus and staying as far under the duvet as possible because it was freezing.

That’s all from this week! Now I’m off to get some beauty sleep. 

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Tag Rage || If I Could Tag

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That picture means nothing. 

I can’t remember if I was nominated for this tag or whether I actually thought it was a good one. Let me just pop back to Danielle’s blog to find out. Nope, no nomination, apparently I thought it was a good tag. Maybe I was drunk at the time. Actually, that can’t be true, I gave up drinking at the beginning of 2015.

Maybe I was high on bananas.

As is tradition, I should find something to remark on, but there’s nothing coming to me. Title: normal. Questions: normal. So far, so good. Nothing to make sarcastic remarks on. I guess I’ll just have to be funny by myself. Thanks a lot Tag.

The If I Could Tag

If I could live anywhere

I’d probably live everywhere. One place at a time for a year, maybe six months and then move on to a new place. I’m too indecisive to pick just one place. This question doesn’t specify that I have to live in said place forever. I just want enough time to explore but not enough time to accumulate crap or make friends. I have become that unsociable. I prefer to keep my friends online.

*waves awkwardly*

If I could have any home

I’d like it detached and in the countryside, with an excellent internet connection and efficient heating because I’m cold-hearted. See above. Not too big–no one likes to clean more than necessary–and not so small that when Kris and I have arguments the only place left to go is the garden or the bathroom. Two bedrooms, that’ll do. And a separate kitchen because I really hate having my kitchen and living room in the same room.

If I could have any garden

A small one because I don’t know shit about plants, but I’d like to try to grow my own veggies. Or a banana tree.

If I could be on holiday right now

Since I just came back (you may or may not had read about it), it’s a tad greedy of me to go on holiday again. But, if the tag insists, I would like to go to Iceland, or New Zealand, or back to Washington, or Bali, or Denmark or Scotland. Just a few choices.

If I could have any job

You know, I’d like to be a photographer, something nature-y, scenery-y and wildlife-y. But I’m not sure I’m that good. Would I like to photograph the kind of stuff you find in National Geographic, absolutely, do I think I have the talent, doubtful. But a girl can dream.

Whatever job I get, I hope it involves my camera and being witty.

If I could have any talent

I’d like photography skills, that would complement the paragraph above. But if not, I’d like to have a spongy brain so I could learn many, many languages.

I don’t want to be greedy, I can already juggle so I’m pretty set for a talent.

If I could live any day again

That’s a tough one and I’m too lazy to make a choice, but I’d like to live one of those days where I had a nice walk in all the nautre, played with my hamster and had potatoes for dinner and bananas for breakfast. That’ll do me just fine.

That’s it, I’m all tagged out. Don’t forget to tag yourself and go nuts. Or, lets compromise, I won’t tag you, if you answer one question in the comments! I think that’s the way forward with these Tag Post things. 

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USA || The Statue of Liberty And Brooklyn Bridge

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We couldn’t come all the way to New York and not visit a few tourist attractions! What is New York City, if not one giant tourist attraction anyway! We had already checked off the Empire State Building, so it was time to check off the Statue of Liberty, and then round it off with a walk over Brooklyn Bridge. And you know what, crazy selfie stick wielding tourists be dammed, we had a lot of fun! I learnt some American History, almost had my ear drums ruined for life on the ferry over there (seriously, the tannoy system, so loud!) and I kicked myself for leaving my zoom lens back at the AirBnb. Stupid me. Why do I always fall for: maybe I won’t need the zoom lens today. Wrong. I am always wrong.

We decided the best option was to buy the tickets, in advance, online. By the time we got around to buying them, in our version of advanced, most of them were sold out. So we had to re-jig our plans to try to fit the remaining options to see Lady Liberty in somewhere else. Note to you: Book in extra-advance. We bought the cheapest ticket, so we had access to Liberty and Ellis Island, and the Pedestal of the statue. We never went to the Pedestal, the queue was too long, so we enjoyed a nice walk around Liberty Island taking the occasional photo of the Statue and the skyline, and a hundred photos of birds. I need an intervention.

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Yup, it’s backwards. Pro-skillz.

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Apart from actually getting a ticket, the rest of the trip was fuss-free. Minus, a slight drama at security, that went like this.

Security guard: Can I see your bag?

Kris: Sure

Guard: What’s this? (he says, whilst pointing to a screen we can’t see)

Kris: I don’t know. I can’t see what you’re pointing at.

Guard: It looks like a shaver.

Kris: It’s not. It’s probably our torch.

Guard: It looks like it’s a shaver. There are batteries in there.

Kris: There’s about 5 batteries in there, they are for the camera. It’s the torch.

Guard: (takes out the torch), hmm, I’m not sure. I’m going to put it through the machine.

Second Guard: That’s a torch.

Kris: Yup.

Guard: It looks like it has batteries in it.

Kris: It’s battery-powered.

Second Guard: (after our little torch exits the x-ray scanner all on its lonesome) It’s a torch, here you go. Have a nice day!

Me: I was almost convinced it wasn’t a torch for a moment.

After that, it was smooth boating to Liberty island and then Ellis island.

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All in all it took about 3 hours, between wandering about and the boat travel to and from Battery Park. For the rest of the afternoon we traded one tourist hot spot for another and decided to make our way across Brooklyn Bridge. I loved it! It was a lot of fun walking across it. Well, when we eventually found out how to get on to the Bridge, that is. We walked from Battery Park after deciding that it couldn’t be that difficult, but we chose to make it difficult. We got a little lost, because we kept taking detours to see this and that on the way and spent about an hour trying to find the entrance to the bridge. After a Wall Street detour, a South Street Sea Port Detour and a few wrong turns, we made it to the bridge.

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But, it was a lot of fun, and we even managed to time our walk with the sun setting (the silver-lining of getting lost?), and everything looked mighty fine in those golden rays of sun. OK, there were people, bikes, dogs and selfie sticks everywhere, and it’s a long old walk when your feet are tired, but it’s worth it. The views are nice and it drops you into some really nice Brooklyn neighbourhoods, which was only confirmed on a return visit. My first impression was more: I’m glad there’s a Starbucks nearby, one needs to wee. Instead of: Oh, what a jolly good neighbourhood this is!

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And that was our tourist day. Sometimes we do holidays right. But then I get tired of people and go back to weird museums and gardens in the winter time. 

The Details

Liberty Island & Ellis Island Tour

Address: Battery Park, lower Manhattan, NYC

How To Get There: Easily reached by the subway. Take the 4/5 line to Bowling Green Station

Tickets: Reserve/Pedestal $18, Crown Access $21

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