Updates on my general hanging aboutedness.
In the last few weeks, I've been hanging around in New York, living at Einar's place. It's been a very good experience so far. Especially after we discovered that the sofa doubles as a foldout bed and I could rid of the air mattress. There's a free pool in the building, which is mostly empty -- wonderful:)
Random images from the summer will be collected in this year's summer gallery. So far, there are only a couple of images from last weekend's trip to Princeton.
When you have the time, New York can (surprise, surprise) be a really social place. I've attended an uncharacteristic amount (for me, anyway) of bars, pubs, restaurants and night clubs. It feels great to part of the "real world" (inasmuch as New York could classify under that label) again.
Ooh, and then there's all the great people. I ran into Iqbal and Nissa, his verbally swashbuckling sister. Iqbal is back at IBM Watson this year. I regret not spending another summer there, because I'm confident we could have had a great time together this year as well. I guess we'll try to hang out in the weekends, at least, when he's not busy researching:)
It turns out that a friend of mine from middle school, Torgeir, has married and is moving to NYC. I met up with him and his wife, Maria, yesterday. She's American and works as a doctor at a hospital on the Upper East Side. She speaks a fair bit of Norwegian and has the best grasp of the rolling 'r' I've ever heard in an English native speaker. She can even do the proper 'r' that we from Vestlandet use.
Given the low value of dollars these days, everything here feels (and is!) dirt cheap. Even the expensive restaurants are cheaper than the average ones back home. However, if you really want to, you can find crazy and insanely crazy expensive restaurants over here, so there's ample opportunity to run out of money should one so desire. So far, I've only bought a new wardrobe, but I'm about to stack up on tech gadgets starting next week. Just have to find an additional suitcase. Wiiii;)