This is the first part of the photo diary of my time in Finland. I was fortune to have 4 weeks time to catch up with the loved ones and enjoy the best time of the year Finland has to offer, before continuing my way. The last day in New York I spent with Luca, wondering around Soho, eating in East Village, trying to realize that I was going back home. The final moments felt surreal as I had some time to sit on Luca’s apartments fire escape, with just me and my thoughts, trying to absorb how incredible time I had spent in New York. Then, I had no choice but to cross the Brooklyn bridge and leave this beloved island for now. I could not avoid looking back while crossing and burst into tears. I know I am not the only one having experienced this.
All the sadness was gone since the moment I got to Helsinki. Dear Henni picking me up from airport made arriving easy <3. The next thing was to see my girls after way too log time, 9 months. The first thing next morning I took a train to the summer house to spend some time with parents. Slow breakfasts, sauna, lake, food, my godson and grandma, berry picking (like my outfit?), the PEACE – doing the things I had missed the most.
No words or pictures can do justice for our day trip experience in the Hamptons. Some memories hit deep into your mind – this day become certainly a memory of a lifetime for me. I cannot imagine anything better than hitting the road from the most hectic block, Times Square, finding yourself in a couple of hours with a bunch of friends on a deserted beach on the Atlantic Ocean. The journey itself there was a blast – Luca was our driver and having lived in Hamptons for 8 years, we drove around in places we never would have ended up with a bus. I could not help but sticking my head out of the window and enjoy the views, music speed and my company. One of those moments in life when you notice how strongly you are living in the moment and you would not want to be anywhere else.
The day only kept getting better. After lying hours at the beach, we managed to find a perfect pool. Shower and clean towels were a cherry on top of the cake and reminded us how the best things often happen unplanned. Next, we drove to South Hampton downtown and had the most perfect, fresh pizza. Sangria had never tasted better. Spotting Olivia Palermo with her boyfriend crossing the street next to our restaurant did not help the unreal feeling of the day. The couple looked as gorgeous and stylish as what we have used to see on the pages of magazines. The boys did not get our reaction but Kristina & I nearly got our heart to stop for a while. We ended the day to wondering around beautiful harbor town Sag Harbor, another place that we would never have ended up without a “local guide”. And again, even though the day had been perfect in every way and I could have stayed there, the feeling of seeing the Manhattan skyline made us all feel emotional. Most people can agree that there is something extremely addictive in New York City. Another spontaneous day full of adventures.
The following day of Jenny’s birthday evening the tired group gathered to have brunch at Jeffrey’s in West Village. What a better way to start off a lazy Saturday than with some omelets&sandwiches, good company and a mimosa, of course. After brunch we found ourselves toasting on Le Bain rooftop, which was a perfect place to lie on couches and stare the views over Manhattan and the Hudson river. Later ending up for some sushi and (2 rounds of) froyo, mmm. Evening got emotional as we had to say goodbye for the first member of our NYC family to leave the city. The goodbyes were pretty comic though as it consisted “destroying” a remaining (huge) store credit to Wholefoods and a free auction of everything that could not be carried back home – I got lucky with a metrocard and beauty products.
I started Sunday with a tour to Brooklyn. I figured it was time after staying 6 weeks pretty tightly within Manhattan, not to mention Bedford street is one metro stop from my place. Wandering around Williamsburg, visiting a chocolate factory including “some” tasting and a perfect latte. Ending up to the seashore and trying to absorb everything experienced during the past weeks. A visit in Prospect Park and adoring the beautiful streets of Brooklyn. Once getting back to the island, I felt a sudden need to still go to Central Park, feeling the vibes in Upper West Side at the same trip. Something that I love in the city – within a day, you can experience so many different areas, which each has their own unique vibes.