The last couple of weeks have been pretty hectic indeed! Work is going very well, but realistically, all the fun goes on during the weekends. That doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of your work evenings, but lately they’ve consisted of training, hanging out and going on random walks. We’ve been given our first Masters assignment which I’ll be getting stuck into this week, so that’ll limit my weekdays even more. But let me take you back to some of the highlights of the last few weeks!

Now, it’s very rare back home to have someone of Trevor Noah’s status knock on your door on a Friday evening. I finished work around 5pm, got a snack, and made it down to New Jersey Performance Center – 20 minutes by train.

It was my first time going to a stand up comedy, and boy did he impress! I don’t really follow Trevor Noah’s stuff but everyone was like “man you should really go and watch him perform, you’ll miss out!” The guy is hilarious. He’s very very witty, and he talks about topics that everybody can relate to. From his “authentic Bali experiences” to first world problems, period pains and Donald Trump – he really knew how to draw humor from serious topics!

Fast forward to the next weekend. It was time to watch some American Football! *I still refuse to simply say ‘football’ – somebody hand me a medal please!*

New York Jets were taking on Miami Dolphins. We didn’t have a clue what was going on in the game! At one point we were cheering and boo’ing both teams at the same time – we were a bunch of seriously confused ‘fans’. But it was epic! You didn’t have to know anything about American football to enjoy the game. It was more of an occasion. They play 15 minute quarters with breaks in between and you’ll find all sorts of things happening between breaks – fan dance-offs, competitions, fireworks, you name it!

I’d definitely go watch another NFL game but I think my next sporting event will either be a baseball or Ice-hockey game!

Finally, last weekend couldn’t have had a better climax. Kayaking back home would usually cost us around €30 for the hour….here in New York it’s free! Honestly, it’s the one of the most enjoyable things I’ve did since I came here. It was so peaceful paddling along the Hudson River. I’d paddle very quickly for about 10 seconds then just let the kayak glide as I sit back and look at the majestic skyline views.

If you haven’t done it already, please put it on your bucket-list!


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