Archive for June 25th, 2010

25th June
2010
written by Ilana

We are leaving NY in less than a week.  I can’t even believe this is really happening.  I have really loved living in NY over the past three years, and I hope we return after the trip.

As you can see from the first post, I love making lists.  So, without further ado, here are my goodbye NY lists:

Things I will miss about NY (in no particular order):

1.  Our apartment.
I know that when we are on the road we will each be living out of backpacks in hostel rooms.  I will definitely miss having a full apartment to ourselves, with our own kitchen, furniture, TV, internet, etc.  We will see how I manage as a vagrant.

2.  Job.
One of the most, or actually probably THE most, difficult thing about taking the next year off has been leaving my job.  I am a high school teacher and I love the people I work with, and I love my students, and it has been very hard for me to say goodbye.  I hope that I really wasn’t saying goodbye, and that in fact I will be rehired when we return from the trip, but even so, my job has become so much a part of who I am, that it is difficult for me to imagine a year without it.  I plan on giving myself curricular projects for the next year, just to keep my teaching mind alert, and because I love projects.  Although, part of me thinks I should be taking a break from any work over the next year, I know that that is not really my nature, and that I thrive on keeping busy.

3.  Friends.
Obviously I think it will be amazing to have an entire year to spend time with Bloom, but I think I will miss having our friends around to add to the mix.

4.  Readily available kosher and/or vegetarian food.
I am really not excited about eating rice everyday.  I hope that it does not come to that.  I am also sad that we cannot drink tap water.

5.  New York City in general.
I’m sorry family, but  love living in NY.  I love the general feel and atmosphere of the city.  I love the parks.  I love the different summer concerts and pilates and movies.

Now on to things I will NOT miss about NY:

1.  The smell.
Ok, ok, I know what you’re thinking, “but, Ilana, you are going to be in other smelly places.”  Yes, I’m sure this is true, BUT we will also be in some fantastic natural parks and doing some trekking in the wilderness, which will be a welcome change from the stench of dog (and human!) urine and rotting garbage.  Unless the inca trail smells like garbage….maybe…

2.  My iPhone.
Ok, I know that no one FORCED me to buy an iphone.  On the other hand, whenever I went to Chicago and saw Mom, Amit, Josh, Bubby, Zaydie, Zev, etc. with iphones I was tremendously jealous.  So, I was sort of coerced, right?  Well, now I’m an addict.  I check my gmail and school email every 6 1/2 seconds, constantly look at facebook, neurotically check the weather, read a paragraph or two from the NY Times, and then check on different hostels in Cuzco, and possible flights to Borneo,  all while listening to pandora.  While this is awesome, obviously, I have a problem.  While I am aware that it will be difficult for me to be iphone-less for the next year (no cell phone service!!  no constant 3G!!  How will I know if someone liked my facebook status??!), I also know that this is probably a good thing, and that maybe it will be nice to have comparably little access to phone and internet.  Hopefully, I won’t go through too much withdrawal…

3. Expenses.
A small cup of gelato at screme is $5.  A movie is more than $12.  Our rent is actually obscene.  Enough said.

4.  Working.
I know that I said I would miss my job, and I will, BUT…being in control of my own daily schedule is going to pretty nice for a while.

5.  Media.
I think ads and billboards really have the ability of getting inside your head and making you feel like you must consume more products in order to be adequate.  I am an advertiser’s dream.  I can watch a commercial for anything, and I will be convinced that it’s amazing, which is why I love SkyMall.  Each time I look at SkyMall I think I live in a world filled with brilliant futuristic geniuses.  A hot dog toaster!!  Amazing!!  A gun that shoots marshmallows!  How have I been living without one??  Luckily, I am way too lazy to order something from a catalogue, and luckily, skymall rarely tries to convince me that I need to have smaller pores, wear higher heels, or have longer lashes.  What I am trying to say is that I often feel like ads exist to make people,  often women, feel like they would be hotter, more lovable, more beautiful if ONLY they had this magic wand that makes your lashes grow longer instantly (and may also make you blind).  While I do resist these beauty products (i doubt I would ever be able to figure out how to use this magic wand, and I know for a fact that I fall on my face in heels), I still think that consciously or sub-consciously, it makes me feel bad.  To conclude the first, of what I assume will be many, feminist rants, I will not miss the American cultural phenomenon of ads everywhere.

And with that I will say goodbye to NY, or hadran alach New York City v’hadrach alan.