Back in New York City

Back in New York, 2 Years Later

It’s barely 8:00pm and I am already in my pjs. I’ve had dinner, the lights are out, my front windows are cracked open, letting in a cool breeze. I’m exhausted. It’s been a long, tough 4-1/2 months leading up to this trip.


All week I’ve worried that this time in New York will be a let-down, a disappointment. The 30 days I spent walking this city in July of 2011 were simply magical, life-changing. How could I possibly repeat that heartbeat every morning?


The newness has certainly worn off. As the plane descended onto the city, I didn’t feel quite the same awe I did two summers ago. I looked down from the window and could identify the neighborhoods. I could name the bridges that span the East River. I knew exactly what route the cab driver would take to reach my apartment.


“What next?,” I asked myself. After all, I had reached my dream in so many ways.


Seema greeted me at the door with an European kiss on each cheek, just as she did that first summer. Not much had changed in the apartment but, God, I immediately felt so at home. A big ol’ smile just washed my face. I’ve missed this place. I really have.


The kids at the bar next door are going strong. I can hear a faint hint of laughter wafting through my open window. A small yappy dog is barking now and then, and the muted roar of cars and planes fills the rest of my background.


I’m so happy to be back.


I’d love to have you come along with me as I re-discover this fabulous city. Just click the LIKE button on the top of my Facebook page and come on!

I did manage to find some cool graffiti on my way in. Enjoy:

  • Jane K.
    Posted at 09:49h, 16 September

    Welcome back to your home away from home!

    • lisaweldon
      Posted at 21:02h, 16 September

      If feels great!

  • Edie
    Posted at 12:09h, 16 September

    How long are you there? Mike and I are coming for Open House NY oct 11. Let’s get together.

    • lisaweldon
      Posted at 13:05h, 16 September

      Please don’t tell me I’m missing Open House again! No, only 2 weeks this trip. I’ll be back Oct. 1st.

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 12:54h, 16 September

    Where are you off to next? The best and only way to explore NYC is on foot – for sure!

    • lisaweldon
      Posted at 13:00h, 16 September

      I’m thinking I’ll grab a sandwich for lunch and head down the Hudson Riverwalk. On foot, for sure! Thanks for your note!

  • Constance Trover
    Posted at 14:34h, 16 September

    Oh Lisa! Am eargarley awaiting your new stories, I feel I am right there with you my friend, so excited!! I am sure you will not be dissappointed, there is always something new to see! And the comparasions from last visit may be shocking! Oh my 🙂 xo

    • lisaweldon
      Posted at 21:04h, 16 September

      Oh, dear Constance. I have something for you. Expect something in the mail in a week or so. It’s so good hearing your voice again.

      • Constance Trover
        Posted at 13:19h, 17 September

        Eeeeek! For little ol’ me! Ooooh goodie! I need a pick me up anyhoo, how did you know oh traveller? Hope all is well in NY! 🙂 xoxoxo

  • Kay Lynn
    Posted at 09:09h, 17 September

    I love visiting New York city but also am glad to get home to more open space and the California vibe.

    • Lisa Stapleton Weldon
      Posted at 10:04h, 17 September

      So funny – the waitress at dinner last night said the same thing Wide open space is great, agreed, but the main reason I love NYC is because you can walk to everything – don’t have to drive.

  • Debbie Gruber
    Posted at 16:55h, 16 October

    I’m a New Yorker, born and bred. I love it when people love my city! Thanks . . . enjoy!

  • lisaweldon
    Posted at 17:01h, 16 October

    Debbie, Debbie, Debbie. I’m your hometown’s biggest fan. Oh, I just love it there.