Day 2 in San Diego

I’m currently in San Diego, California, for Automattic‘s annual company meetup. It’s hard to believe that I was doing the same thing a short year ago, but in Budapest. My last several days have mostly been full of presentation and project prep, but the payoff will be tomorrow when I have time to attend a baseball game and later this week when I have time to sit back, relax, and talk as friends with the amazing bunch of folks who I work with.

Turkey Hamburger, Cottage Cheese, Peach Halves

It’s my last day in New York City and what a week it’s been.

A major highlight included spending time in Brooklyn at DUMBO Startup Lab with Thad Allender (my former boss of two years), helping him get one of Graph Paper Press’ themes ready for launch on WordPress.com. I owe a lot to Thad for taking me in at his company many years ago, and it feels so good to be in a position at Automattic where I’m able to help his continued success.

I also attended Dialogue in the Dark, which was an exhibition performed solely in pitch blackness with a blind tour guide. The objective of the exhibit was to experience blindness in New York City as the blind do, and for an hour I felt myself completely helpless, frustrated, and reliant on my tour guide to help me through a maze of simulated parks, a subway, a grocery store, and a coffee shop. I gained a deep, deep respect for the difficulty it takes to live as a blind person, especially in a large city like New York.

The food in this city is of course always excellent and spending the entire week with one of my closest friends—I’ve visited her in New York several times and she’s visited me in Vietnam a few times—was so enjoyable. Were it not for the terrible winters I would seriously consider moving to the city for some time. As it stands now, though, I’ll stick to visiting during times when the weather is bearable.

Honey Roasted Ham, Sweet Corn Grits, Edamame, and Cupcakes

A bit of a weird combination for a Sunday meal, but I wasn’t in the mood for anything on Eatery’s menu other than the sides, which turned out to be pretty nice. After my meal I walked to Magnolia Bakery to buy sweets for my lovely hosts. My favorite part about New York City has to be its walkability. If something is too far for a walk, then a quick hop onto the subway will do. Not needing to own a vehicle has been one of my requirements for cities I’ve considered living in, and I really like this about NYC.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza in Little Italy

I’m in New York City now until next weekend. Naturally the first thought that comes to my mind every time I visit the city is related to pizza. Mostly everything was closed by the time I subwayed to the Chinatown/Little Italy area but I was lucky enough to snag a slice of pie at Grand Appetito. My goodness, even the most normal of pizzas in New York City taste better than anything I could ever hope to eat living abroad.