Settling in

I’ve been a bit slack updating this blog, so I’ll try to keep them short and sweet from now on.

In the last month a lot has happened:

  • Found an apartment in Upper Haight/Ashbury which is awesome!
  • Passed my theory test for my Californian drivers license.
  • Did a road trip up to Muir Woods to see then 1000 year old redwoods
  • Took a bunch of photos.

Hopefully now that Adrian and I have got a proper place to live; we will be able to settle in properly.

Work is going well; flat out with everything as usual so not much to report there.

Arrived in SF

I have made it to San Francisco!

Got off the plane at 3pm local time (6am AEDST) at San Francisco International Airport in a very average state. Only managed a few hours sleep on the journey over but thats normally the case for me; I have trouble sleeping on planes.

SFO airport is really awesome though; looks brand new.. Although having said that; anything would look better than LAX :p

The apartment here is pretty awesome; wired with Sonos throughout, high speed broadband & cable tv just to list a few things. Its in the Dogpatch suburb (still find that name odd); so its about a 25 minute walk into SoMa/Downtown SF which is pretty convenient. I’m already scoping out buying a bike!

I ducked into SoMa today to buy a US sim card; which you would think would be easy (don’t get me started on how stupid the system is over here). Normally it is quite easy; but when you want it on an iPhone5.. think again. Ended up with a T-Mobile prepaid sim which seems to only run on 2G at the moment so I can’t imagine I’m going to last long with them.

Anyway; I’ve been up for about 40 hours now; with minimal sleep so I’m going to crash.

The Big Move

Just giving you all the heads up that I shall be relocating to San Francisco for an indefinite amount of time in a few weeks for work. Needless to say I’m super excited about it; but still have a lot to do back home before I can jet off. Trying to get the house finished ready to rent is my main priority at the moment.

Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

I have my visa organised and ready to go – so I will catch up with some of you over there; and farewell my friends back home… until I come home to visit that is!

Feel free to drop me any tips for things I should see/do over there!


EMusic & Hunted

We are currently working out of the EMusic offices which is really cool; it means that we are in Manhattan everyday. The EMusic guys are really awesome, and their offices are ace; table tennis, coffee machine etc. It has been great to catch up with Eliot Van Buskirk from The Echo Nest & evolver.fm; who we met at the Sydney Music Hack Day a few weeks ago.

To get to work each day we walk about 10 blocks to N 17th St & Bedford Ave and jump on the L-Train which takes us straight to 6th Ave & W 12th St (half a block to work from there).

Working flat out at the moment so nothing much to report on that front, but I am slowly growing to like Williamsburg; it took me a while to understand it. It reminds me a lot of West End in Brisbane; but kinda likes its great grandfather (the same way London is Melbourne’s great grandfather). Williamsburg is very grungy & (‘scuse the ¬†phrase) ‘underground’.

No further progress on where we want to live though! It is going to be so tough!

Manhattan to Brooklyn

We went out to The Ginger Man to beers last night, which is basically a beer bar with over 70 beers on tap at any given time! Some great beers were had, along with some pretty terrible ones; but that is the luck of the draw I suppose. We then moved to the Penny Farthing in the East Village to catch up with one of Mitch’s mates.

Today we packed our stuff and jumped in a cab to go across the river to Brooklyn. We are currently staying in a suburb called Williamsburg, which as far as I can gather, is the biggest hipster paradise I’ve ever seen. So many stove pipe pants, fixies, scrillex combovers, beards and ironic glasses. Parts of Williamsburg look like they are still as they were 20 years ago when prostitution was at its worst, run down and full of abandoned warehouses. It all adds to the charm of a borough though; it has a real community feel about it.

We decided to catch the ferry from Williamsburg today over to Wall Street with the intention of seeing the Statue of Liberty; but that fell through when we saw the ticket line!

Instead we decided to visit the 9/11 Memorial site at ground zero; which was very ‘real’.

We then decided to head home, but struggled to get a cabbie who would drive us to Williamsburg. 20 minutes later; after hailing half a dozen cabs, we finally found one who would drive us out there! Crazy right? Classic moment of tiredness combined with ‘SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY’.

Now the pizza has just arrived, we have beer also; and we are just chilling. I think Mitch just passed out momentarily!

PS: The pizza is legend… you better not be lactose¬†intolerant because here comes the next bit… dary!

New York, New York

Mitch and I arrived at about 10pm last night in New York. We were pretty wrecked after the flight over. The flight from SYD->LAX was pretty good with Virgin Australia, but we didn’t sleep much¬†unfortunately. After a 2 hour wait to get through customs & immigration (awful when you just want to sit and relax) in LA we finally made it to the gate for our flight from LAX->JFK with Delta.

The flight was packed, and very uncomfortable! It felt like the longest 6 hours of my life, and Mitch and I weren’t sitting together so it was pretty boring.

Jumped in a cab and got taken through The Bronx & Harlem at 11pm at night which was interesting. Its great that NYC has flat rate cab fares from JFK to Manhattan for $45! We were expecting it to cost a lot more.

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