If you watch American Dad, then you know how the rest goes; this is the view from my bedroom window
After what seems like an eternity due to much-needed extra security checks and a crazy line for immigration, I have finally reached New York!
Random fact: My immigration officer was called Perez, I refrained from making the obvious jokes.
I arrived on Sunday evening, slightly delirious after a journey spanning around 14 hours and many paranoid moments, yet I soon got stuck into things once I'd reached my accomodation. It's amazing that shops are open 24/7 even on Sundays, so I randomly bought some cotton wool, a massive burger and watched the bizarre Jersey Shore before trying to get some much needed sleep (before waking up at precisely 5am the next day). Today I feel a bit more settled; I've been busy sorting out bank accounts, phones and catching up with Uni mates that are here with me. Being the control freak I am, I like to know where I'm going, but the seemingly simple grid system for the streets are still confusing me. Hopefully today I can explore a bit more and get more of a feel for this city. The above (really smiley) photo was taken in Times Square, a rather busy place with a lot going on. The weather is certainly chilly, but I'm going to experiment with multiple layers of tights and thermals today to see how I get on.
I love this shoe box and will be finding a way to take it back on the plane
Jeffrey Campbell 99 Zip Wedge aka my new BFFs
Anyways, I've saved the best bit until last; meet my new shoes. I've been doing my American research for a very long time (there are bookmarks folders and everything) and once I saw these part Acne, part Emma Cook creations by Jeffrey Campbell on the Revolve clothing site back in November, I knew I had to own them. Luckily a kind friend took delivery of the parcel (which apparently took ages to arrive, but that's another story) and I was united with them yesterday. The size is practically spot on (I now have size US 10 feet, happy days) but I may pop an insole inside for the perfect fit. On first impressions, they feel really comfortable as they have a wedge heel that appears higher than it actually is and I'm having visions of myself walking for miles and miles in them and not feeling any pain. I'll let you know the reality.
Hoping to check out some real life shops today to see what's out there before my placement starts next week. I was probably a bit silly and packed a bit too much (not for two weeks as advised, but perhaps enough for two weeks on Mars) so I'm expecting some excess baggage on the way back. Let's not think about that now; I'm going to get to grips with language barriers (I can't find blu-tack), eat some interesting food and hopefully meet some cool people. I'm going to try and put random, non fashion-bloggy photos on my Facebook page, so make sure you join!
Hope everyone had a great Christmas and has a great New Years Eve!