Sunday, October 16, 2016

The One, The Only - New York City

A lot of people have described Toronto as a sort of "Diet New York." I take offence to that because I feel like Toronto has its own vibe and so forth, but also because New York is incomparable. There is no other New York, there's just New York. It's an iconic city, there's really no other way to describe it. Bri and I went to visit some old pals there, Jon and Jaime, and they did their part to ensure that my previous statements carry some validity. I lived with Jon in Norway quite some time ago, so it was beautiful to reconnect, as it always is. I love the two of them, and I know Bri does as well. When hanging out together it's just as easy as a walk on the beach, it's just meant to be. 

I think of New York City as being one of those places that every person has to spend some time, as a sort of maturity process. I first visited this city many years ago with my family, and I was instantly enamoured. I remember the hustle and bustle of the city, and the streets packed with an endless stream of yellow cabs. It's funny how much has changed - now the hustle and bustle seems muted in a sense. That is undoubtedly because Istanbul is pure, unadulterated chaos, and I'm sort of addicted to it. New York City can try, but it can't compete with a city of twenty million people with rules that people make up on the fly. 

Let's get to the point, New York is New York and nothing else. It's a city that we as human beings can be proud of, and a city that we as human beings need to preserve. It is, in many senses, the epicentre of everything. Thus, I present you a little photo commemoration of my time there.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Canoeing Through Algonquin Provincial Park

Being away most of the year in Istanbul, it's easy to forget all that Canada offers. Especially since I grew up in Ontario, I recognized that there was much I grew up with and didn't necessarily appreciate in the past. What I had seen before, years ago, failed to have the same impact that I felt this summer.

In this video, seven of us covered some serious ground in gorgeous Algonquin Provincial Park. It was raining throughout (hence the song I play in the background), but we seriously enjoyed it. Not to mention, we created some priceless inside jokes along the way, such as "praise tarp."

If you've got a moment, check it out!