New York, New York

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I'm a New York tourist and I'm proud.

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Of all the places I've travelled, New York is by far, one of those I still feel nervous jetting off too. The most bizarre yet incredible destination, in my opinion. As evident on my Instagram, I am consistently impressed by the Big Apple's skyline buildings and everlasting lights. Then every so-called New York guidebook you read tries to teach you how not to be a tourist. Though, let's admit, the city of Empire is one of the few you would love to show off the touristy spirit. I mean, come on, Time Square, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, or even Georgetown cupcakes...I, for one, don't wanna miss a thing. 

這個夏天很充實,有工作學習,有充電旅遊。當然,還有最重要的陪楊小妹來紐約開學。於是,隔了兩年,再度提著將近一個月的行李,來到大蘋果。看到家人完成夢想真的是件開心的事,陪著她搬近宿舍、佈置房間,不知不覺也跟著感動起來(笑)老實說,每次到紐約都有點小緊張。或許是因為我天生慢性子要面對紐約人的快步伐就會不自覺擔心。就像每本書都在告訴我們如何當貨真價實的紐約人,但是,其實我內心默默覺得自己在這裡當觀光客當得很開心啊。畢竟,就是看過了時代廣場、洛克斐勒夜景、帝國大廈和布魯克林大橋等等,才能真正了解為什麼從古至今會有這麼多人為紐約心醉,為她寫詞譜詩。

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And so, it's my 10th day in NYC. Violently shopping, eating pizza, pretzels, and cupcakes. Though this past week has seriously been a blast, I do miss London. Given the fact, I don't have to worry about sunscreen every 5 minutes there. In that sense, since my baby sister has officially moved into her dorm in Greenwich, there's just something comforting about having to frequent a city for the next 5 years where you'd probably never live in. You can dip in & out. No need to save the city's charm for later, or stress about expanding your network. You can take what you want directly, and even try the subsequent lifestyle for a short few weeks.

After all, to let New York grow on you, you need experience. There's no secret sauce. There's no quick fix. You just need to be extremely used to getting lost in this particular city before your reach the 'travel-life' balance – or become a semi New Yorker.

We all got to start somewhere. I'm still a New York tourist, and I'm proud.

即便前面幾日還在時差,我每天依舊背著相機渾身帶勁。沿著 Soho 的街道巷弄走,有時走入平時少見的品牌店裡翻翻逛逛,有時找尋著附近道地的 Pizza 、蝴蝶餅或杯子蛋糕。從小,就喜歡藝術與文字、喜歡看創作、喜歡研究平面設計,加上我很幸運父母對一切都很開明,所以現在才逐漸走上攝影這條路。但同時,好多人都問我,怎麼會不選擇來紐約呢?說真的,我還真的沒想過。比起紐約客,我好像更適合來這裡旅遊與休息。倫敦雖然也是大城市,但倒悠閒些,我果然還是急不得啊(笑)

十天下來,發現時間是讓人愛上紐約最直接的方式。街道互許亂了些,人或許急了點,但別擔心,這絲毫不影響心情,反而會不自主地像海綿一樣大力吸收;吸收創意、靈感,主動去理解所有的不了解。這就是紐約厲害的地方,激起人們的好奇心,放大一切感官。

總之,在透徹的走遍紐約前,讓自己做個驕傲自在的觀光客也是種樂趣。

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Shot on Nikon DF with 24-70mm lens.