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Saturday, June 18, 2005

New York City
Jun 18, 2005
"When a trip touches the soul...the journey never really ends"

Sorry it has taken me so long to update my website. I've had a 102 degree fever the last few days so basically hung out in bed feeling sorry for myself! But, I'm back on my feet so here goes...

New York, New York

New York City is a densely packed mass of humanity and all this living on top of one another makes the New Yorker a special kind of person. It's hard to put a finger on what makes the place buzz so hard, but the city's hyperactive rush keeps drawing more and more people to it.

After eleven months traveling through third world countries, my senses are on high-alert which made my four day visit to New York City more colorful, more vibrant, and more funny than my ten years living there! I think what happens to New Yorkers after living in the city for an extended period is that they (we) forget how absurd some of the day-to-day is. We become numb to it and end up immersed in its irony!

Every morning I sipped hazelnut coffee and watched the world go by from the coffee shop window at 85th street and 2nd Avenue. How had I forgotten what an eclectic city New York is? On any one block you can find a microcosm of the world. Here are some of the incidents and "NY moments" that made me smile:

+ Waving "thank you" to the driver who is pulling his Lincoln out of a parking lot...for NOT hitting me.
+ Alternate side of the street parking and street cleaning rules! Drivers sit in their cars for two hours each morning as they wait for the bewitching hour when they can legally park.
+ The smell of dog pee which waves up from the sidewalks.
+ Leaving my shoes ON when entering someone's home/apartment - no matter how dirty they are. Actually, I couldn't do it and made my friends laugh when I left my shoes outside in the hallway.
+ Computers with internet access can finally be found in a handful of coffee shops and bakeries but they cost $8/hour!
+ Checking everyone out (and vice versa) but no one daring to make eye contact!
+ New Yorkers passion for dogs. Even if the dogs are half-dead and their hind legs need to be carried or dragged behind on a skateboard.
+ People who feed pigeons, even though all New Yorkers think of the as rats with wings.
+ The faint click of the doorlock as you wait to be buzzed into your friends apartment. After the click you have a split-second to get your hand on the doorknob and the door opened before it relocks in your face.
+ The noise that bellows out of a taxi as it crunches out the receipt like a typewriter on speed...




PHOTO LINK
Jun 20, 2005
For those of you who, like me, want more!
Here is a link to 250 of the 12,000 photos from my trip!

Here's how:

Copy and paste this into your browser address bar:
http://share.shutterfly.com/osi.jsp?i=EeAMWTRkyaOGbOTA

Click: View Pictures

Click: View Slideshow
or view the photos as "thumbnails" (small views). 13 pages.

ENJOY!!! There are lots more where these came from. LOTS.
Let me know if you want more!


Washington D.C., Maryland and Delaware
Jun 29, 2005

Taking a little vacation from all this "time off" and visiting friends all over the northeast. Will update my web-site again after the July 4th holiday. Happy Independence Day to all. And to my nephew Cameron "HAPPY BIRTHDAY"!





Want to make God laugh?
Jul 12, 2005

When I came home less than a month ago I felt scattered. Scattered in my thoughts, my actions, my direction, and my goals. But, as time progressed things started to fall into place. In fact, they've fallen into places I never thought possible when I decided, a year ago, to quit my NYC life and travel through Asia.

Now I'm dividing my time between Maryland with John, New York City, D.C., visiting friends and enjoying my family in Monroe. And...tomorrow...I start a freelance gig with FORTUNE magazine! It is the ideal position for me because I can get re-acclimated to "work" while still living out of a suitcase! And it's great for FORTUNE because I can hit the pavement running. A win-win if ever there was one.

I am so blessed.

Thanks to all of you who have been so supportive of my escapades around Asia. Please keep in touch via JMahrannyc@hotmail.com. And let me know if you hear of anyone in need of a freelancing Event Planner with twelve years of experience! I'll be available after FORTUNE celebrates its 75th Anniversary this Fall.

Thank you again for all of your support and joining me on the journey. The journey continues - but now it's a more personal one! I'll try to upload some "home" photos before I lose this website in mid-July but no promises.

Have a great summer. Do keep in touch!

Jen
JMahrannyc@hotmail.com




Stuck in Denver Airport
Jul 25, 2005

My first business trip as a freelancer and already I'm remembering how little control one has over the circumstances of flight! I got as far as Denver but the next leg of my trip - to Vail - has been postponed until 2:30pm. This simply means eating lunch at the Denver Airport rather than the Cordillera Resort in Vail and then an afternoon jam packed with a lengthy site visit! But, I can't complain! It's nice to be planning events again, and surprising how quickly it all has come back to me - from scheduling tee times, to menu planning, to branding to....all of the nitty gritty details that go into each event. Was I really just in Asia less than two months ago? Sure is hard to believe from this computer kiosk in Denver airport! The fast pace, the Disney World atmoshere, the shops and fast food and book shops and souvenir stands. What a difference from the airports of Myanmar, Nepal, and India!

After 11 months backpacing through SE Asia, and over one month reacclimating to the comforts of the US,, it feels like my journey to Asia was a decade ago - a memory to cherish for the rest of my life. But NOT one that I won't top. I have great things ahead... I can feel it!

I haven't even had a chance to contact all of my friends at home to tell them I'm back nor all the wonderful travellers and locals who I met along the way. Yet my life has barrelled ahead at warp speed. I now am enjoying my fab freelancing job at FORTUNE while commuting between NYC and Marylad with John. Talk about the best of all worlds! If anyone had told me this was all possible when I decided to give up my job, my apartment and say farewell to friends and family I would have told them they were crazy. Now I've been rewarded ten-fold. Not only enjoying eleven months exploring the world, but being able to come back to a freelance job AND an incredible guy! WOW - I'm one lucky girl.
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I ended up renting a car in Denver and driving the 2 1/2 hours to Vail. It was the only way to have time to do the site visit! And what a visit it was! Cordillera is a beautiful 59 room resort with indoor/outdoor pools, a gorgeous spa and four golf courses. My room was over-the-top by any standards. Not only the basics like: hair dryer, comfy robe and slippers, chocolates on my pillow at night, and cathedral ceilings..but also a sitting area (a suite), two tvs, a heated towel rack, and a deck overlooking Vail valley. Needless to say, I ordered room service for dinner and enjoyed the luxuries that go along with five star resorts, a yummy meal, and a good night sleep. As they say "what a long strange trip it's been"! I have to admit though - I had the urge to steal the toilet paper in addition to all of the amenities like shampoo and conditioner. Some habits are hard to break!
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