Well, long, long, long time no see... or speak for that matter. You'd be forgiven for thinking we'd disappeared from the face of the earth, but no, we've been here all along and having a fab time on the East coast of the US. Well where to start? If we'd been good and kept this up to date, then I'm sure I could give you many tales of what we've been up to and some stories of the wonderful people we've met... but we haven't, so you will have to make do with a potted update, some photos and the promise that we will try much harder to deliver a weekly 'fix' to those who are voyaging with us vicariously.
So, what happened after the big NYC arrival? Well, I'd like to detail every aspect of our time in New York, but in truth, there was so much to see and do. Our daily routine seemed to be a walk to the nearest subway from our mooring in W79th Street and wandering for hours just looking and experiencing everything on offer. Those of you who know me well, will know I am partial to a little morsel of food and the experience here was no different. Before landing, I had a list of the various American 'delights' I wanted to sample; everything from a corn dog to roasted oysters and I'm glad to say I think I have been pretty much 100% successful in my quest. Suffice to say, I enjoyed ... well, most of what I ate and was cetainly intrigued by the majority! To a race that can come up with the idea of batter-coated deep fried butter, I raise my hat to you and longingly await the culinary delights you will spring on the world once you discover curry.
So, back to New York. A little diversion to those who remember the fantastic show, De La Guarda. Those of you in BBC Studios who managed a good several visits to this spectacular performance will understand my excitement when we booked to see the sequal, Fueza Bruta! Now for me, although not a patch on the original, it was still an amazing show. I wont spoil it for you, but if you get the chance, go and see it and be prepared to be amazed at some of the weird and wonderful tricks, stunts and visual shocks that made De La Guarda one of the 'must sees' of the last decade.
One other highlight of NY was catching up with Sinead's family again. I've lost count of the amount f trips up and down the river to the statue of liberty, but each one was a load of fun and different in its own way.
The last rip was probably one of the most memorable as it was at night with a thunderstorm overhead and the lights of the city all around. All this in the company of Sinead's father John. one of his brothers, Damien and a whole fleet of friends led by Damien's sining friend, Eugine Brophy (apologies for the spelling!) It was a great night.
I'll carry on with what happened next in a separate post, so its a bit easier to read!