So far the US Dollar has been the undisputed king of the currencies. A $100 bill worked like a passport in many countries of the world and dollars were used as the mandatory currency for international transactions in some markets. At the same time, when foreigners had to go the the States they always had to exchange their money because – Canadian and Mexican borders excepted – nobody would accept foreign money in American shops. Read the rest of this entry »
A great weekend in NYC. On Saturday I walked across the Brooklyn bridge and then spent the night at the famous Birdland. Yes, that one, the one that takes the name from Charlie “the bird” Parker, where John Coltrane recorded Live at Birdland and several other kings of jazz played.
So after a couple months I’m back in Manhattan. I’m staying one week. Luckily enough I arrived after the snow storm was gone and today was very sunny. I’m trying to plan for the weekend. Any suggestions?
Yesterday night the few blocks between Rockfeller Center and Times Square were really crowded. People from all over the world were gathering there to see the recently lightened Christmas tree, buy very expensive fancy clothes, and feel like they are in the wealthiest place of the world. Rockfeller tower was beamed in blue and white gigantic snowflakes made of light were dropping down. A gorgeus effect. I felt like it was Christmas already. Times Square was a crazy circus of moving light, huge ads and traffic jam. By contrast, downtown in SoHo or in the Village you see no Christmas decorations at all, you feel like in a completely different space-time. Amazing.
This is posted from a penthouse in 10th street. I’ve just landed today and will stay here for a little more than a week, for work. Our American offices moved from mid-town to SOHO, and the new location is very nice. Lots of oriental people walking down the streets, artist studios, a relaxed atmosphere. I’ve also been to the Apple Store. I’m not a fan of apples, but I must admit it’s been an impressing experience. Now I’m a bit tired, I woke up 24 hours ago! More infos and pictures in the next days, promised!
UPDATE: this is picture is what I see from the penthouse balcony, looking to east.