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polaroid of the week usa new york city central park ice skatingThis week’s Polaroid comes to you from… drum roll… New York City! Surprise! I am back in my favorite city in the world, and I’ve had such an amazing weekend that the couple of grey and rainy days last week are already forgotten and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to return here for a few weeks before my next big trip, despite a pre-trip hectic rush and super short notice on this trip. I will share more details how this surprise trip came about in my October travel update next week (in which I’ll also tell you where I will be heading next month –  a trip I’m ridiculously excited about!).

The minute I walked out of the airport in New York, I felt right at home again and it was as if I had never left – which is, I guess, no big surprise, considering I had only left New York about six weeks earlier. There was one big difference though: when I left in the beginning of September, I was wearing flip flops, shorts and a tank top – now I am wrapping myself up in sweaters, jeans and boots. Quite a shock to my system after the heat in Israel, but I’ve been enjoying my fall runs through Central Park and along the Hudson River, and revisiting all my favorite eateries and coffee shops. Plus: The colder weather made me take advantage of all the indoor things I skipped for outdoor fun in the summer – I’ve been two the theater twice already, and this weekend was filled with art exhibits with a visit of the MoMA PS1 in Long Island City and the Brooklyn Museum, both of which I highly recommend.

Today was the perfect fall day with blue skies and warm temperatures, and I was hoping to catch some fall colors in Central Park. While most of the park is still green, I was surprised to see that the ice rink was already open – and it’s not even November yet! I hope I can fit in some ice skating before I leave, and that I’ll find some vibrant fall colors on a trip upstate next week. Since it’s the week leading up to Halloween: Happy Halloween to all of you who’re celebrating this fabulous holiday! (I am stoked to be in the U.S. again for Halloween and am pondering how I can top last year’s costume 😀 )

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