My first flight on an airplane post-pandemic was this past May to see my son and daughter-in-law in Brooklyn, New York. I recall sitting on the airplane with tears in my eyes, grateful to finally be on an airplane and filled with anticipation of seeing these loved ones that I hadn’t seen in over a year and visiting a new place.
Walking around Brooklyn with my son on that first day was indeed like exploring a whole new world. I was conscious of the thing that normally catches my attention, the historic architecture. But I was also much more aware of the vibrant energy in the neighbourhoods. Perhaps this energy has always been there and so is nothing special to local residents, but to me it was intoxicating.
The noticeable number of young families out for a stroll. And does everyone have a cute dog? The little stacks of books left outside so many houses, saying “Take one”. The multitude of picnickers in the park. Neighbourhoods in bloom as spring buds turned to neon-green leaves and pink blossoms. It felt like the opening scenes of some movie musical!
As we walked along a main street, my son would point out the different shops and restaurants that he frequented. We went into his favourite butcher shop and ordered some slices of mortadella for a quick snack on a park bench (which brought us the attention of all those cute dogs!). He pointed out the wine shop where I had ordered them a gift certificate online for Christmas. He also highlighted an old-style Brooklyn bagel shop, his go-to Thai restaurant, the vegan ice cream place, the preferred taco joint, and a colourful little cafe that he said made authentic Italian cornetti (a sweeter version of a croissant). The next day when my husband arrived, we would partake of it all… and so much more!
This trip was filled with so much joy and positive energy, that I’m sure many paintings will come from it. Here’s the first: that Italian cafe with the delicious cornetti and lovely vibe!
For my first post-pandemic trip, I couldn’t have wished for a better experience (thanks J & E!) and I am now very much in love with Brooklyn!