The month is December. The year is 2016, not so long ago. I have finished work for the year and am going to spend the holidays in New York. I am in my room, it feels like it is snowing outside or at least we are all hoping it will be soon. I have plans for the two weeks off, mainly to go kickboxing every … Continue reading This is Da’ Funk.
Not because they haven’t been critically acclaimed. Because their storyline is so painful and tragic that I cannot bear to watch it twice. Schindler’s List. The Last King of Scotland. Seven Pounds. Continue reading Films I Won’t Watch Twice.
One of the best things about Manhattan is the celestial display that goes on above the city. In combination with the flickering lights of its skyscrapers, it makes for a spectacle every dusk and dawn. My favourite spectacles were the ones above Midtown, as seen from Long Island every evening as I used to take the boat back to South Williamsburg. My other favourite spectacles … Continue reading Mad Man(hattan) Skies.
You would think that a city that is known for its skyscrapers and their ability to pierce the sky has little in terms of architectural variety and detail at street level. Nevertheless, when I started walking down Manhattan (and as I said before), some parts of Brooklyn, I also started noticing small architectural details that give the city extra charm. Some of these are the … Continue reading Charm Outside the Door.
I took two stabs at finding it, because I was stubborn enough to get from Midtown to the Village on foot rather than take the subway. I believe this is the first shop Magnolia opened in New York. Located in the Village, in an area full of brownstone houses and boutique shops, it must have grown quietly and steadily selling one cake and cupcake at … Continue reading Magnolia Bakery near Perry Street.
The Mall in Washington D.C. has grandeur about it. It comes from the presidential and commemorative monuments that surround it and from the history and legacy that they evoke. There has not been one monument that I have visited and that has not awed me with the power and strength it has to evoke the past and the principles it has been built on. The … Continue reading D.C.: Among the Greats.
Sitting on the shore of one of the fjords that are close to Oslo, watching the sea become one with the horizon, it seemed crystal clear why the Vikings set out to explore the seas. How could you resist not knowing what lies beyond the thin blue line on the horizon? It is easy when you are in-land to find something to rest your eyes … Continue reading Let’s cross the seas.