New York Bittersweet Symphony

I think of New York often. With so many television shows or movies set in the city, and friends and colleagues planning or returning from trips there, I have daily reminders that I am not there.

Travelling to the U.S. from England is expensive, and having done so approximately once a year since leaving in 2006, I have had to make the decision not to go this year. Money is not the only factor in this decision though – I have desires to see as much of the world as possible, and continually returning to NYC is preventing me from achieving this goal.

Having said all this, my heart aches from not being there. The freedom and confidence I feel whilst there is unlike nothing I have felt anywhere else. I feel at home and I feel like ME. I am myself there more than anywhere else. Whilst I’m sure people are judging me – it’s in our nature after all – I do not feel judged. I can spend the days and nights wandering the city streets with no destination in my mind and still end up where I subconsciously wanted to be all along. The smells, the sights, the people – they all feel like one thing, and that’s HOME. Despite not being born there and not having visited until I was a month short of 21, it feels natural and comfortable to me.

I long to return, to see the familiar faces that have been a part of my life for nine years now, to wander the streets and see the sights and smell the smells and just bask in the wonder of it all. For now, I am some 3364 miles away, dreaming of returning and attempting to get through the misery I am presently feeling at not being there and not knowing when I’ll be returning.

My heart will always belong to the city, no matter how far away I may be.

How to Stream U.S. Television Shows While Traveling Abroad

tiptopcashew:

Interesting article. And perhaps good to know for all those shows I love but can’t watch =c)

Originally posted on Everywhere Once:

Unable to Download Just imagine, you’re in the Berlin airport staring down the barrel of a five-hour layover. Fortunately, you came prepared. You fire up your Netflix account hoping to while away your downtime watching House of Cards only to be greeted by a message saying you can’t watch anything from your current location.

One of the annoying inconveniences of traveling overseas is the inability to stream domestic televisions shows while outside the country. License restrictions generally prevent services like Netflix and Hulu from working internationally. Sure, you can buy a Game of Thrones episode off Amazon’s Instant Video service from anywhere in the world, but you won’t actually be allowed to watch that video until you’re back in the States. Even otherwise free content from the big broadcasters, like NBC, won’t stream overseas.

Good thing there are some work arounds.

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Charbonnel et Walker Truffles

Sea Salt Banana Caramel Truffles

 

These are Charbonnel et Walker Sea Salt Banana Caramel Truffles.  They are, if I do say so myself, absolutely moorish, but they have divided opinions amongst my friends.  Unfortunately the banana flavour is the artificial kind, so this put them off, but at £12.95 for 10 truffles, I am not too annoyed that I am unable to share them!  I do not mind the ‘fake’ banana flavour, and teamed with the sea salt and the sweetness of the caramel, each truffle makes a mouthwatering good couple of bites.  Whilst I bought them from their Leeds store (located in the Victoria Quarter), they are also available to buy online.