Monday, November 20, 2006

Pronto pra mais uma?
Ready for a new one?

Cheguei (de novo) aa NY. Terceira vez esse ano, mas dessa vez eh pra ficar. Ou tentar ficar. Cheguei em pleno Halloween, com as ruas abarrotadas de gente fantasiada. Do aeroporto ateh o centro da cidade foram 25 minutos (ninguem). Da saida do tunel ateh o ape, 30 minutos. Nao sabia que Halloween era tao grande em NY. Imaginei que era uma coisa mais tranquila, feita em cidades onde ainda existem casas e vizinhancas mais calmas. Quando perguntei onde as pessoas faziam o "Trick or Treat", me responderam que qualquer loja ou estabelecimento valia como casa.
Depois da primeira aventura, era hora de achar "minha casa". Aluguei o apartamento mais barato de Manhattan aas cegas. Para minha surpresa, consegui um apartamento a uma quadra do Metro, num super bairro e recentemente reformado. Nem eu acreditei na minha sorte. Mas soh por comparacao, queria deixar claro que eu pago uma vez e meia o que eu pagava em Kiev num ape que eh metade (ou menos) do que o meu anterior.
Estava um pouco reticente quanto a escrever um blog em NY, achando que tudo que tem aqui tem ai, mas ja notei varias diferencas. Nao sei quanto tempo vou ficar (Visto, trabalho, etc.), mas vou postar o que vejo enquanto isso. Nao se preocupe, o que voce vai ver aqui, ninguem escreveu antes. Sera?
E welcome to America.
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Once again, I'm in NY. Third time this year, but now it's for good. At least, that's what I'll try. I arrived exactly on Halloween, with streets packed of people in costumes. The ride from the airport to Manhattan took me only 25 minutes (empty roads). From the tunnel to my apartment, 30 minutes. I didn't know that Halloween was such a big event in NY. I thought it was only celebrated in cities where you still have houses and quieter neighborhoods. When I asked the cab driver how Trick and Treat was done, he told me that any shop or establishment would do.
After the first adventure, it was time to find "my home". I had rented the cheapest apartment in Manhattan without even looking at it. To my surprise, I got an apartment that had been recently renewed, one block from the nearest subway station, in a very nice neighborhood. I couldn't believe my luck. Of course, I must admit that I paid one and a half times the rent I used to pay in Kiev for an apartment that's half (or less) the size.
I was a bit reticent about writing a blog in NY, thinking that there would be nothing interesting to talk about, but after a few weeks I changed my mind. I don't know yet if I'll make it here (VISA, work, etc.), but in the meantime I'll post what I see. Don't worry for what you see here is all new. Or is it?
And welcome to America.

5 comments:

Paul said...

Cool stuff, Andreas. I like the way you have some photos to go with the text. Too much text licks balls. Ochen xopowo!

Andreas Toscano said...

Giddy up!

Fred Neumann said...

Yo, man, whazzup!
Welcome to the jungle, hehe!
So, there´s a new adventure, and as it´s Deas spirit, a victory in the end.

Best of luck for you, brotha!

Cheers,

Fred

Andreas Toscano said...

E essa bigodeira ai, Fredao?

Abrassssss

polly said...

Hum...!!! eu adoro NY, estive no verao passado...tenho alguns bns amigos ai. Boa sorte!!!

xoxoxoox