I might just be a little obsessed with New York. My wife is just as obsessed.
We have 13 framed pictures of New York around our house. We have been to New York City a combined 13 times. We are travelling to New York again next year. That will be my seventh trip. We made a pact back in 2006 that we would visit every two years. So far we have kept our end of the pact. And each and every-time, New York keeps its end of the pact too!
I had just booked a trip of a lifetime to go follow the Tour de France on my bicycle for three weeks and decided I would stop off in New York and San Francisco before heading back home to Sydney, Australia.
Fast forward to 2006, I was married and we were thinking about somewhere special to travel to for our second wedding anniversary. We both unanimously decided we would celebrate in New York. At the time of meeting my future wife, I had no idea that she had been to New York, let alone that she also had an obsession with all things New York. Even more interesting to me was the she also had a love of Major League Baseball, specifically the New York Yankees who I also followed. Being from Australia, Baseball was not, at the time, a mainstream sport in Australia. So to find someone that loved it as much as me and followed the same team was a dream come true.
It’s ok that people don’t get what New York is all about. It just means I get the city all to myself.
It has a non-stop feeling of electricity flowing through the air that is exhilarating.
That is exactly the reason that I thought I would document my own personal photos and to tell the story of what we did and saw on the day that relates to the photo. It was on either our first or second flight to New York we overheard two families discuss with each other that they were going to New York and they did not have any plans. They would wait until they arrived, have a walk around and see what they could do. I am sorry, but…. what? My wife and I looked at each other in horror and couldn’t believe how much time they would waste and how little they would see. We know the benefit in planning our travel.
When researching New York online there are a multitude of sites that list the “Top 10 things to do in New York”, or “The Top 10 Places to Eat in New York” etc. But these lists are just lists with their inherent limitations.
My images and our travel plans and stories are more about a personal experience, broken down to what we did each day on our visits. Our itineraries if you will, not just lists.