2:23 PM Sitting on my desk, writing this post, reflecting on New York makes me somehow sad, but also happy. I am definitely excited to come back home soon, but when I am far away from it, I start to realize how strong my feelings towards this city are - actually a good feeling, no time to be sad. 

I wrote down many words about the Big Apple, because until today, I don't know what this city does to me. I am helpless but so grateful. New York is killing me - you, many of us - it's a tough buddy, but it never lets you down. 
If you ever went to NYC, you know what I am talking about...

Today, I want to share some foreign words, words which make me smile, too.
Because they are from my dear favorite female writer.
Because it's about NYC. 
I love reading other people's perspectives on my favorite issue - so inspiring

Let's enjoy Maya Angelou's "Awaking in New York" 

Curtains forcing their will   
against the wind,
children sleep,
exchanging dreams with   
seraphim. The city
drags itself awake on   
subway straps; and
I, an alarm, awake as a   
rumor of war,
lie stretching into dawn,   
unasked and unheeded.

Just let this sink in for a second. 
I love this poem. A LOT. How about you?
When I took the pictures for today's New York story, I had to think of that poem.

*this was actually a scene from my video

I woke up early, got dressed to grab some donuts and took my camera with me to snap some pictures while the golden light is waking up the city! Damn, I love NY in the AMs. 
Even in SoHo, some corners are beyond empty and you can enjoy the buildings and art all by yourself. You might meet a handful of Chinese grandmas doing some tai chi in a city park or basketball area and little schoolkids pass your way. Cafés brew their first cups of coffee and the air is beyond sweet! To be's the best time of the day!

I love experiencing New York like that. No tourists - just pure and authentic city life! 
I got my donuts. 
And I'm smiling big.

Happy to wake up with you, New York.