When I knew that I would come, I decided clear my mind of expectation. Because I think that is important to keep the capacity of be impressed, so, since the moment I received the invitation , I didn’t want to see any picture, any tourist or cultural information and neither any movie , nothing where I could see fragments of New York.
However, I think my main expectation was seeing the autumn, because, we don’t have seasons in the place I live, so, the trees with many colors was something that I always wanted to see and also the fall of the leaves, of course, the autumn is not only in this city but I felt happy because finally I was going to see it, and is as beautiful as I imagined.
About concerns, I think the most important was be able to communicate with other people in English. Another concern was the use of public transport and write the blog on time according to the expected considering my limitations with the language.
Nevertheless, since the first day I had to confront those fears and since the moment Marie Left me in the train station, I pushed a button in my brain and I said to myself, well… is time to face the moment and moving forward. Fortunately I managed to make the schedule of that day and that gave me confidence for the next days.
I think the place where I stay helped me alot because everything is close and you just have to go downstairs to get everything you need.it is easy to adapt a place where everything is within reach, well, that is the thought of someone who has practiced jungle survival, without any resources for several days.
It surprise me things related to economy, for example, tips are 17 % to 20 %, is a very expensive tip, the price of vegetables comparing to the price of meat. Giftshop everywhere, even in the movie theather! Actually I saw a giftshop with a little giftshop inside.
Merida, my loved City and NYC are very different. I don’t know where to start, but to start my city is so much smaller and is located between mountains, so we have a lot of rural life. Vegetables are inexpensive, but electronics and clothe are really expensive!. People always have time to go home to have lunch at noon. Of course, everything is slow and the access to technology and new knowledge is everyday harder than before.
I knew that an important component of the Residency program is spending time alone, so, the first two weeks I did not speak with my family, plus, I was very busy writing. But near third week my family send me messages all the time triying to speak with me, and by the last week we speak almost daily at least a couple of words.
My favorites activities during the Residence were those that I not selected. Maybe were moments with more surprise and also an opportunity to get out of my zone of confort, nothing like confront yourself to grow up and discover more about you. The activities more verbal made feel more included, and mainly when was about informal meetings, that is why I enyoyed so much sharing with people like, K.C Smith, Rodney Dickson, Julia Knights and his boyfriend. But also I loved visiting places like National Museum of Natural History, Wave Hill and Times Square by night.
If you always do things the same way you will never obtain different results, so, is important to do activities unrelated to your normal routine. I know the variety of this trip is going to help me to enlarge my vision, I think I am going to have more tools to face life and more resources to grow ideas. The ideas could come from unsuspected places and situations, definitely, I will be more open in the future and I will try to do more things like I have been doing here in NY.
To spend time by my own, was comfortable and productive, just thinking in the value of this one time life opportunity, made me try to seize every moment at maximum.
To make observations about Americans is difficult here in NY because, here you see so many different behaviors that you cannot put the same tag to everything. I knew serious people and fun people, I knew cold people and also very warm people, so… To me, Humans are all equal, the same s… thing, some people from here seem to not support that ,and they look unimaginable ways to look or feel different.
I hope the residency not affect my personality, but I think definitly will affect my life, being here made be conscious about so many things that I hope this blog help me to remember in the future, all the things I saw definitly suggest several ideas, and made me think in many possibilities to improve and propose in my work. Definitly I will have more things in my mind everytime I have to make a decision, I am not a different person but definitely a more completed person.
My last day on New York…
I think is not possible a better end to the schedule. Visiting the Top of the rock (The top of a high building), was a way to say good by to the entire city and be able to appreciate it as much as the day as in the night.
That moment of reflection and contemplation, made me remember so many things of what I did and also made me to feel the absence of those who I love and the need to be with them in that specific moment.
Today I see my last sunset In new York, my schedule ends as the sunset in the horizon saying good bye and painting the sky with beautiful colors.
The sun light disappears but at the same time thousands of lights emerge in the city that never sleeps….I leave the city, but my travel does not end yet