Summer 2018. The best Summer, time to remember. Football euforia, many emotions, Italy with family and in the end – NEW YORK! Here you won’t read much about sightseeing, even birds on a branch know what you should visit i NY. New York to me aren’t the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building etc… Sights are just one little ornament, something like a fashion accessory of this city. As a kid I imagined about travelling the world and my thoughts always went back to New York. It was my dream. Then life takes you in a different direction, you have a job, kids are still kids, so you tell yourself that there are far more important things than accomplishing your silly goals. I remember that day distinctly. I was sitting in my agency typing some contract. All of a sudden it was like lightning hit me directly in the head. I left everything I was doing and searched on Google: „New York trip”. Afterwards: „getting a visa for America”. Little, by little, I was holding two airplane tickets and two passports with a Visa worth 10 years.

Hana and I travelled when she was only in first grade of elementry school, then when in fifth grade and now when she’s starting High School. Our hangouts when we’re completely alone are a great way for us to bond, even though I know very soon she’ll soon much rather do that with her friends, so I maybe caught the last train. We reserved a hotel for 7 days and began. Time difference Croatia – New York is 6 hours. We got there at around two in the afternoon, Eastern Standard Time. We were brutally tired, because at home it was already sleeping time. Somewhere I read that the easiest way to survive that time difference is to on the first day just suck it up and not go to bed, imediately adjust to the new clock. That’s what we did. We got comfortable in our hotel room and headed to Times Square. I was so euphoric, exited, full of expectation, and then BOOM!!! UTTER DISSAPOINTMENT! Still I don’t know what it was about, restlessness, but for a moment I wanted to return home. We were just standing there, a million people around us blocking any oxygen, fast walking and bumping at us. That much polution and dificulty to breathe I’ve never felt so intensely. My skin was sticky. Abnoxious loudness from every angle was overoccuping my senses. Hana also had some kind of blue facial expression, a little less obvious than mine. We started looking for a place where we can get our NEW YORK PASS which I bought online. We were completely lost, to say it lightly, because compared to Europe, here I couldn’t walk with navigation on my phone. Finally we found what we were looking for with the help of a policeman. We decided that we’ve had enough and got back to our hotel. When we woke up rested in a climatized room, full of energy we made a plan. Everything leading up was brilliant.

Every morning we woke up around 7 AM, got ready and while it wasn’t too hot headed to Starbucks. I think we tried all the newest drinks in stock. I love that shop and personalized coffee with my name on it, Tatijana. Before every outside exploration I screenshoted every way we need to go and subway lines. If we were to change our plan, we’d stop in front of some coffee shop or store just to catch WIFI. That huge dissapointment from Yesterday turned into pure happiness. Tanja, you’re in New York!!! That sentence kept screaming at me interally. Enjoj every second!!! And really, I enjojed.

Hana and I saw and experienced a lot, but many things still remain undescovered by us. A week is not enough for that place. I would describe New York like a big, living monster like creature with a heart and a hundred layers of soul. It just overindulges you, gets under your skin and casts a spell on you with the crazy energy of itself.

We found a homeless man who was sitting on the ground with a sign in his grasp which said: „Family killed by aliens”.

In a crowd of passing faces, some nice lady told me she likes my pants.

At Central park we were laying on the soft grass, listened to instruments played near, rode bikes and got lost three times.

At 11 PM I went to Burger King to get us dinner, no one found my attire even remotely unusual.

I drank a Cosmopolitan in a Steve and Aiden’s bar from Sex And The City, at noon.

Was in some fancy rooftop bar, the waiter spoke our dalmatian language.

In Gap I asked the worker how much a shirt cost and got a response telling me she doesn’t speak English…WTF??

Hana wore a large snake around her neck.

So many weird and mixed emotions.

When I told my friend I am going to New York she asked me what am I going to do after, that everything will be boring after this. Now I see the logic behind those words.

I completely fell in love with that beautiful, living creature with a heart and a hundred layers of soul.

Tatijana Livajic


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