24 September 2020

New York Tough


2020 feels like the shortest but longest year I've ever had, do you feel that?  It's September already and we all know that means it'll Christmas in 5 minutes time but it also feels like the start of lockodwn and zoom quizzes were a lifetime ago. New York is feeling more and more normal everyday, indoor dining will be back in the city in a few days time and my god I can't wait to have a pint without having to sit in a bus lane.  


31 March 2020 / New York, NY, USA

Irish in NYC.. during the pandemic

My first few weeks in NYC
The last few days before lockdown 

Well, how times have changed since my last post. I've been working from home for 6 weeks now and working on 6th Avenue in a distant memory. I landed in NYC on the 10th of January and started work on the 13th. I was an hour early on my first day at work and sat in a cafe opposite my building facetiming my mum while eating a croissant I paid $8 for. I spent my first few days exploring part of the city by myself, listening to Dermot Kennedy on repeat while I did so. My new flatmates were still at home for Christmas so for these first few days and my first weekend I didn't speak to anyone other than baristas and shop assistants. I remember thinking how unusual that was for me, to have such limited human contact but knew it would be short-lived.

It was, of course, short-lived. My flatmates came back to NYC after Christmas, I met the other intern at my company Aidan (also from Belfast) and spent time with some old friends from Camp America. My weekdays were busy with work (when I finally worked out what I was doing) and my weekends became a blur. I spent my first paycheck in record speed, I raided vintage shops, I started taking spin classes, I drank way too much, I jumped the subway turnstiles and lost many a day to hangovers. My last weekend before quarantine was spent having a boozy brunch and a boozier Sunday club the next day. We, of course, had no idea what was about to happen and at this point, Coronavirus seemed like a problem that would never really be our problem.  

We're now in the thick of it, six weeks in and I've no idea when NYC will get back to any sort of normality. As the weeks of working from home went by the streets surrounding my flat got quieter, more people started wearing masks until the inevitable no mask no entry signs started going up in supermarkets. People from home ask me a lot about what it's like over here, no doubt seeing all the news about New York has them worried but where I live is quiet and I feel like it's a bubble that I know no different from now. I'm exercising now more than ever to keep some sort of routine which is really helping, I'd like to say that I'm reading more too but I've been reading the same book for about 3 months now so that would be a lie.

I've been trying to exercise most days, learning how to cook different things and talking to the people I love pretty constantly. My family were due to come visit in a weeks time, my mums never been to the states and has a must-see list the size of the River Lagan so I'm sure that'll only get bigger now that the trip has been postponed but let's hope she'll still get to visit while I'm a resident. 

I've no plans to go home anytime soon, hopefully for a visit when this calms down but I'm not ending my time here prematurely. I spent months applying to jobs and reaching out to anyone and everyone that could possibly help get me here so I'm not giving it up. I'm learning a lot at my internship, my flatmate and her doggo are excellent company and we have a garden for when/if the weather picks up so I'm counting myself extremely lucky. Not the J1 experience I had expected but we're all in this together and hopefully, normality will resume at some point. 
I hope you're all safe and well, stay positive. 


26 February 2020


Well well well it's been a serious hot minute. I feel like I moved to NYC a week ago but it's nearly March already?! The weeks are flying by, I don't know if that's because of working life or just how it is here but I've already nearly been here for two months. I'm trying to keep more of a record of my time here so I'm going to start posting a NYC update at least monthly, just as a digital diary for myself if anything.

I was sure I'd be so homesick when I finally got here but I honestly haven't had a minute to think about or miss home. I kept saying it would hit me at some point but it's been two months so touch wood it never comes for me. I obviously miss my amazing mama but I melt her head everyday so we talk constantly anyway. I did hit a badyin on the subway one night when all my friends were out in Edinburgh, but we'll pretend that never happened.

This weekend I'm planning my very first sober weekend in NYC... so far my plans are to watch the rugby (in my gaff and with a coffee) go to a spin class and get some outfit content for next week. I also plan on reading more of a book that my gorgeous friend Emily sent me over with a lovely card. I'm spending way too much time on screens now that I'm working in an office and want to get in the habit of reading so I'll take myself off to a cafe to read and edit images on Sunday. I'll be sure to update whether any of this ends up happening or if I end up in a bar like I have been the past few weekends.

I have my first visitor in 2 weeks so I'm trying to save coin for them coming but having only brought one suitcase over with me I'm desperate to get new clothes. I live a ten minute walk from some amazing vintage/thrift/charity shops so I've been spending alot of my weekends there finding serious gems. Including this leather jacket that I haven't really taken off. I took these last weekend when the weather was absolutely stunning - it's raining today so that didn't last long.

11 January 2020

First few days stateside

Hola lads!

I've now been in the states for 3 days, I've walked the legs off myself and only eaten pizza but it's been good craic so far! I'm settling in grand to my new flat and have been just kicking about town getting bits for my room to make it as homely as possible. I only brought one case over with me, ONE!!! I have no idea how I thought that was a good idea but to be honest I vaccum packed everything I possibly could and made it work. On Friday I trekked 4 bags and a set of drawers back home on the subway, I only got on 2 wrong subways that day but made up for it that night when it took me a good hour and a half to get home when it should only take half an hour. It'll probably take me months to actually work out the subway cause I have a tiny brain but I'm sure I'll get there eventually.  

I went out with a friend from camp on Friday night and had only eaten one slice of pizza that day so I acc got pretty steaming and felt so peaky on Saturday. 
When I finally shook myself from the hang I ended up spending the whole day kicking about Brooklyn, mostly Williamsburg and then I went vintage shopping in Bushwick which was a huge success and I can't wait to go back when I get paid. I got a bomber jacket and a yellow cord shirt in L train vintage after my good friend Daniel recommended it to me. I just chilled last night and today is my last day before I start work tomorrow (fear) so I'm just going to make sure I know the route to work for tomorrow and get myself ready tonight!! 


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