I am 42 and recently visited New York for the first time in my life.

As I am Canadian for only 10 years, my first contact with the Big Apple was mainly an immigrant experience. Still, the 10 years in Canada tempered my ecstatic spells and added wit and humor.

Following are extracts of my hand-written notes while rambling in New York by myself in a 4-day holiday.

the petite mailbox at Smalls jazz club in Greenwich Village

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Mi-au luat doar 42 de ani pentru poza asta.
Din copilarie si pina in tinerete, din America stiam ca vreau sa vad 2 locuri: New York si California.
Nu Boston, nu Chicago, nu Toronto nici Seattle: NEW YORK!
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De azi incolo, Cali ramine ultimul bastion necucerit.
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Stiti principiul meu cind calatoresc de unul singur: vizitez arene celebre de fotbal si rock and roll.

La Londra am fost la stadionul Chelsea, la Abbey Road si Royal Albert Hall.

Cind oi ajunge la Paris, trec pe la Olympia (unde au inregistrat albume live legendare Supertramp si Tangerine Dream printre altii) si pe Parc des prices.

La New York nu e fotbal, dar este rock! Legendara arena Madison Square Garden (unde au fost inregistrate concertele Led Zeppelin din filmul pe care l-am tocit de mii de ori in perioada hippie) e din pacate in renovare pina in toamna; nu am putut sa fac turul.

Can’t wait for my son to be old enough to join me for a NY Eve in the Big Apple, at the legendary Madison Square Garden.

Until then, we stay local, and Toronto is exciting!

LEE’s PALACE:

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