Week in snaps

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1. I think I’ve never seen anyone so happy than Kristina when she got a perfect gluten-free pasta dish in front of her. 2. Dining in coziest Italian family owned restaurant ever, Palma. The buffalo mozzarella had been milked the same day in Italy and immediately flew NYC – you could tell  3. Luca defeating cold with a Immune Booster juice, including 3 gloves of garlic, beet, spirulina, wheatgrass, carrots, ginger, cayenne…  4. Froyo break from the office with Luca and Jenny 5. Hanging at Jenny’s office 6. Afterwork at Dumbo seashore 7. Best ice cream in town 8. Deliciousness in the Hamptons 9. Breakfast in Brooklyn with Ella ❤ 10. Pure perfectness in liquid form 11. Lazy Sunday on a panorama rooftop on Wall Street 12. Dining with a visitor coming from an Europe trip and the gorgeous view from hotel room 13. At Luca’s work in water store Molecule in East Village 14. After a fun night out in West Village

Under the downpour

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The best things appear when you least expect. A very random chain of events led to an opportunity for us to visit the MoMa rain room. Another thing that I love in New York – thanks to people’s cordiality, might get an opportunity to experience something you would’ve not even come to think of. I had never heard of Rain Room but turned out Jenny had been wanting to go there for a while, but queuing normally takes up to 4 hours. Another experience that went straight to my unforgettable memories -locker. Being able to, for a moment, escape the prevailing heat outside topped the experience of being surrounded by the refreshing rain.

Afterwards, we were happy to take part to Jenny’s work-related task to search for a perfect rooftop for an event. The Hudson hotel ended up being our absolute favorite. View to the Hudson river, laid-back atmosphere with a hammock was a perfect place for relax after work.

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”

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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.

Happy birthday Jenny <3

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One of those indescribable nights that made me feel insanely grateful of the people I’ve met here and can now call best friends.  After all, it is the people that make you feel home in a new place. The city and my new family here will make saying goodbye next week hard. Luckily, goodbyes are always temporarily.

P.S. Check out Jenny’s photo diary  jajenny.tumblr.com. She owns the NYC lifestyle.

Heights & roller coasters

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For me, it’s not exercising. Not many places give me the same adrenaline rush which the staring the views at Top of the Rock does. I have a thing for heights and the view of New York is something I could stare forever. There is something magical in the sun setting, one by one turning on the millions of lights. Also, it is weird how some experiences get you to crave for others. As soon as we took the elevator back on the ground, I felt a sudden need to either go back up or get on a roller coaster – another obsession for me. At that moment, I would’ve given anything to get on a ride. Which made me think of a day back in Asia last year. We were in Universal Studios with Terhi and luckily we both happen to love roller coasters – we went non-stop as we just could not get enough.

This time I had to repress the feeling with a huge bowl of froyo. Roller coaster ride – something on my to-do list while in Finland next month.

Only in New York -moments

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Evenings spent at the fire escape, with wine and in good company

Sunday night listening the most amazing blues

Pancake brunch with my guest from home ❤

Escaping the rain for hours over coffee in Eataly

At the Ballet Theatre fountain

Takeaway sushi and froyo everyday, twice a day (not kidding)

Burgers at Shake Shack

Working in my new discovery – Whynot café in West Village

View over Central Park at MET rooftop garden

Experiencing the gay parade all over Manhattan on a Sunday

Saturday Moma day block party in Queens

Good times ❤

P.S. The vocalist of the band we saw on Sunday night at Terra blues is performing in Finland this weekend. I am pretty confident that nothing can beat the experience of listening them perform on a intimate New York club for only a handful of people. Still – if in Pori this weekend, this man is worth seeing.

Best day…. Ever.

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The title is a quote of Jenny’s but there is no other way to describe our Saturday day trip to the Hamptons. You do not feel the exhaustion but spending five weeks in the city, being too restless to sleep or spend any time home, is consuming. The feeling of landing on a beach and feeling the wind of the Atlantic Ocean, was indescribable. For the first time pausing for a second, absorbing everything experienced during the last five weeks.

The beach itself was not it, but more the feeling of discovering such place so near my ultimate best place in the world, New York City. This is the difference to other incredible beaches I’ve seen – the city is so close. No need to fly to the other end of the world to find a perfect place to relax. Just for a day, as that’s all we needed. Already towards the evening, the pace of the big city, the streets and lights, started to tempt me again. That’s how New York is, addictive. Twisted, I know, but in the end, it’s the big cities I’ve meant to be in. Recharging every once in a while in isolation only confirms the feeling.

We hiked (truly felt like it in the heat) from Montauk beach to the most laid-back yet cool restaurant Surf Lodge. Finding a hammock in the middle of nowhere on our way was a perfect pitstop. Once ending up to our destination, The Surf Lodge immediately became my Hamptons mecca. Every time in Hamptons from now on (;) I need to go and have the perfect squash salad. The lazy day was followed by a private wine tasting at the beach. From a brown bag, of course. Simply the best day ever. Or at least, one of them. Thank you girls for making this day go straight to the unforgettable moments -category. “Life is a movie” – another corny quote a la Jenny & Sonja created in between laughs and jokes at the beach.