ilona the pest

insecurity + narcissism = awesome!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

the big move

i'm here. new york. it feels surreal, like all the big changes i've experienced recently - finishing law school, finishing the bar - and i don't think i'll really believe it's true for weeks.

i got in a few hours ago. so far i've walked around the block to get quizno's for dinner, finished reading a charming memoir (Foreign Babes in Beijing), bought a bottle of water and the Sunday New York Times at the "bodega" across the street - aren't I practically a local already? - and took a nap, falling asleep to the soothing sounds of traffic outside.

i'm officially an east coaster again, after nine years getting used to life as a californian. it's an odd sensation, feeling somewhat at home and somewhat a foreigner. when i first moved to california, i was certain i'd end up back on the east coast, preferably sooner rather than later. but with each passing year california seemed more charming and comfortable, until i eventually felt much more at home in the bay area than when i was visiting my family and friends back here.

i feel like i fit in there. do i fit in here? i guess that's the beauty of new york - there are so many different kinds of people that everyone fits in here, somewhere.


  • At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Where on the East Coast did you live previously? NY or somewhere else? I find Manhattan to be an incredible place to visit, but I'm not sure I could handle living there.

  • At 1:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    what neighborhood did you end up in?

  • At 3:51 PM, Blogger ilona said…

    1. i grew up in the D.C. area.

    2. i do not yet have a permanent home yet, but i'll keep you updated.

  • At 3:52 PM, Blogger ilona said…

    yeah i see that i just wrote "yet" twice in the last sentence. i should really learn to hit "preview" before posting these things.

  • At 3:53 PM, Blogger ilona said…

    of course i didn't "preview" that one either. but fortunately no mistakes made it in - whew!


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