It has been one month and a half since my trip to New York. Looking back it is amazing how all came to be and how everything flowed.
When I asked my friend, as a joke, how about New York on New Year, I was expecting as an answer: "Are you crazy or I can't because I don't know what I will be doing or I will be working". It was a surprise how quick the "Yes let's do it" was. This kind of human energy and attitude is what I look for.
Maybe there was some hesitation, I talk for myself when I say even I hesitated after asking, but it was clear that we were going. There were no excuses to cancel it, no matter what happen in between there was never a second though and there was never the excuse of "I don't know what will happen until then. I don't know if I have money. I am not sure. I need to plan properly".
What I am trying to say is that we both decided to go and deal with the so called excuses after. We both have jobs. We both didn't know what was going to happen while we were away. We both have bills to pay.
Personally, I got tired of listening to all those excuses. It was refreshing to have a friend so willing.
To be clear, I do use those excuses from time to time. More than I should. But, whenever I had someone ask me to go somewhere new my answer is instantly yes.
Not all was smooth sailing. Right on the first day, i got a little pissed. I don't consider myself an expert on traveling and over my few trips I learned to control myself when to take photos. My friend on the first day looked like a kid taking photos every two minutes. I couldn't not blame her and I had to remind her that we were going to be there for seven days and for her to enjoy and not see every from the camera viewfinder.
Even for me was hard. I didn't want to see New York from the 35mm view of the Fuji X100T.
I did take a lot of photos and the camera was always ready in case I saw something. What I did differently from previous trips was that I wasn't looking only to take photos. If there was someone singing, I would listen. Someone dancing, I would watch and then take the photo.
It is starting to be a cliche saying that people nowadays seem more interested in showing where they are than enjoying where they are.
As I said many times in the previous post, I was looking for specific photos that I planned and wanted to take. There were more photos I want to take. Old people playing chess, Basketball players, break dancers and singers on the subway. Everything I saw on movies, youtube and other photos that capture all of New York. Unlike the ones I planned, if I wasn't able to capture these ones I would not be upset. Like I said, I didn't want to see New York through a camera viewfinder.
Looking back now I am glad I went on this trip with my friend Inês. I am always looking for an excuse to go somewhere preferably with company. I do it because I learned how to enjoy planning a trip, not for myself. I travel because I like to miss Portugal.
I travel because when I came back to my small apartment, to my work, to my family everything feels like I need all of it surrounding me when most of the time it doesn't. It is a weird feeling wanting to go away just to miss the things I already have.