The Final Chapter

Having seen the colours of autumn, the cold of winter and the first days of spring, my time in New York City has now come to an end. The Fulbright experience has been everything I hoped it would be and a whole lot more besides. I’m now at 40,000 feet over the Atlantic, heading back... Continue Reading →

New York in the Springtime

The clocks went forward last weekend and whilst losing an hour in bed is never welcome, it seems to have also brought the first signs of spring. We have seen nothing but blue skies and sunshine all week, with Friday hitting a balmy 20 degrees. It was T-shirt and flip-flop weather for the first time... Continue Reading →

The Southern States

Having spent the last four months getting familiar with NYC life and navigating the idiosyncrasies of living in this global city, it was time to take to the road and explore beyond the 5 boroughs of New York, to see what the rest of the US had to offer. The Fulbright exchange programme is, at... Continue Reading →

Amateur Night at the Apollo

There was another bank holiday this week. This time it was ‘President’s Day’ - always celebrated on the third Monday of February in honour of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on 22nd February 1732. I didn’t get the memo, so I turned up at work anyway and thought... Continue Reading →

Marywood University & Sunday in Harlem

After the whistle stop tour of Niagara falls and the brief jaunt over the border into Toronto, it was back in the hire car on Sunday morning to head down the freeway to Scranton, Pennsylvania. Our destination: Marywood University. The Institute of International Education are the US body who manage the Fulbright programme on this... Continue Reading →

Heading Up State

It felt like summer had arrived early last week. Thoughts of the polar vortex were a distant memory as temperatures soared to almost 20 degrees celsius. This was the first time we had seen such warm weather and what a difference it made. It was so nice to be able to leave the winter coats... Continue Reading →

Super Bowl Sunday

After last week's visit to Chicago, it was back to the normal routine of life in NYC this week (if indeed life in NYC can ever be called routine - it's still amazing and I am certainly still appreciating it!). I really enjoyed another of my research interviews this week. As is always the case... Continue Reading →

Mid Winter in Chicago

I'm pleased to say we are now settling into life in Harlem. It's amazing how quickly a new area can become familiar. This time last week we were yearning for life back on the Upper East Side, but after some committed exploring, we are now set up nicely in our new 'hood. Whilst the subway... Continue Reading →

Caribbean Adventure

It was the countdown to NYE at the time of my last update and the already chaotic NYC was even busier than normal. New Year is one of the peak tourist weeks in the City - and it felt that way. NYE itself was a bit of washout. All the talk in the days leading... Continue Reading →

Back in the saddle

Christmas Eve in NYC was great fun. Following a recommendation from one of the chaps that I've met since being here, we went to Gramercy Park for carols around the Christmas tree. The park is very similar to somewhere like St James's Square Garden in London: expensive houses on all four sides of the square,... Continue Reading →

Countdown to Christmas

I'm writing this blog in a rather tired state after a very long walk today. We set off for an amble in the sunshine towards Brooklyn and arrived back at the apartment about 8 hours later having covered just over 20 miles. It was a bright, cold winter day - hardly a cloud in the... Continue Reading →

Influence & Impact

The big news story in NYC during the first part of the week was in relation to a woman who was arrested at a benefits office in Brooklyn for causing some kind of disturbance. Nothing particularly noteworthy about that you say - you'd be right. However, the hullabaloo that followed was all in relation to... Continue Reading →

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