Every time I travel overseas I learn something new. I wasn't really anticipating the same tourist experience this time - I was just going over to hang out with my friend... cups of coffee, lots of chats etc. However, I think I learned more this time than I ever have before. I got to meet so many people and really see how many of them live and think... and I was totally blown away.
|Chicago architecture + at the Cubs baseball game
I was so impressed by every single person I met. The best label I can think of to encompass each and every one is that they have a generosity of spirit. Why are we so anti-American in Australia? Is it because of the foreign policy headlines? I'm astounded now to recall all the biases I held against them. Even though I knew lots of great individuals, I still held this generalisation about the whole that... well, that I'm really embarrassed about now.
|Spotted Inaluxe bags and purses in so many shops!
So proud to see Kristina + Jason's fabulous work everywhere :)
I had a great chat to the man who came to collect the garbage at my friend's home. Not only was he so interested in where I came from, he was just so proud of where he came from and of the job he was doing. This was typical of so many people I met - at peace with themselves and proud to be able to be a cog in the machine that keeps their country running. It was so humbling.
I didn't really take many photos - I was just enjoying the experience of not being a tourist and just 'living' it. We did sneak away to NYC for a weekend, though. It was Memorial Day weekend so there were a million flags everywhere. I saw the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition... it was amazing. At the risk of sounding totally soppy here, some of the frocks actually made me cry they were so exquisite. (Bought the t-shirt!)
The best store 'find' though was Purl Soho .... bursting at the seams with the most incredible yarn, floss, fabric, books and everything you can imagine related to wool craft. It was heavenly. So good in fact that I had to box and send my purchases home by post because I knew they wouldn't fit in my luggage (and then not eat that night, of course!) When they arrive I'll have a show and tell :)
Thanks for all your lovely comments while I was away.
It was a lovely trip and quite a journey for me in dealing with my prejudices.
I hope this post hasn't upset anyone. Kx