Serendipity in the Upper West Side

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  1. It’s so great when you open up to possibilities or just to being more connected with people and something so rewarding happens. It sounds like a beautiful experience, old movies, fat cookies, history and older folks sharing experiences. It’s got me in the mood for a nice old film.

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    1. It got me in the mood too 🙂 So I have been watching all these old movies, and sighing over the ways of actors, the likes of whom we shall never see again. Recently I watched A Conversation with Gregory Peck (on Amazon Prime) which you might love if you are his fan. xx

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      1. I hear you. I think that Amazon Prime is upping the ante with its collection of classic films. Way better than Netflix.

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  2. I could almost feel your pain upon discovering the lengthy lines for food. I may have cried 😉
    The impromptu film and discussion sounds absolutely wonderful. You really never know where a day may take you.

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    1. Hahaha thank you for the empathy. To have your plans changed when it comes to food is a sad sad thing.
      That is the thing…that life can be a box of chocolates. I never tire of that Forrest Gump quote 🙂

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  3. Refreshments and Gregory Peck? I would’ve made her my best friend! Days like these sound perfect to us, when “now what?” seems like a promise of great things to come 🙂 And we love Orwasher’s!

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    1. Right? I love their once-off-the-counter-it’s-yours policy even more. We ended up that day with a couple of extras – a giant chocolate chip cookie and a chocolate bread, for free! Their breads are so damn neat. I want to live in their bread lab.

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  4. What a wonderful and unexpected experience, to enjoy an old classic film like this with strangers yet feel so connected and enthralled in the past. Your story telling skills are excellent.

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    1. Thank you Miriam. I apologise for the fact that your comment had gone into the spam folder. Reminds me to check it more often.
      It was an experience I have not had before and it was all about unexpected pleasures. Sometimes life gives you these truly wonderful moments. xx

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    1. Thank you Tracey 🙂 I have not been whispered to before by an old lady, so it was certainly unusual. I wish I could have thanked her later. How have you been? xx

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      1. Oh no, I am sorry to hear that. Do they have a tough test in Amsterdam? It cannot be as tough as the UK, right? Well, good luck for next time. I would quote Shawshank Redemption here, the one about hope you know, but I will let it be 🙂 xx

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      2. I have never tried to learn in the UK, but it’s tough in Amsterdam – too many trams, bikes, narrow streets. But I am hopeful. Just need more time. How are you? Are you more settled in New York now?

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      3. Those are hurdles alright. The bikes especially rule the streets of Amsterdam. Fingers crossed for you.
        I am good, Tracey, thank you. Just waiting for our holiday in the West Coast at sister-in-law’s.
        New York is nice 🙂 Though the New Yorkers would make me shorter if they knew I was passing off New Jersey as their hotshot city. xx

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  5. What a wonderful surprise treat to stumble upon 🙂 I am going to look for the movie now (though perhaps the atmosphere will be a little different without a beautiful old church and a contented belly full of Sarabeth’s goodness.).

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    1. Aw thanks Kristyn. You will love the movie nonetheless — irrespective of the church hall setting or the charming Sarabeth’s. Just a giant bowl of popcorn and you are sorted 😉 xx

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      1. Yeah, I am sure the alternate setting won’t be too detrimental to the movie’s effect. One large bowl of popcorn, a cozy blanket, and maybe a few shovelfuls of m&ms for good measure. It will be grand 🙂

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      2. M&Ms…Adi would appreciate it 😛 In London, one of his favourite haunts was M&M’s World. For me the thought of popcorn would suffice though I have eaten so much this afternoon that the thought of food is making me ill! Do scoff extra popcorn for me. xx

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      3. A German chocolate cake. Sounds rich and delicious. How did it turn out? Worth the sacrifice? 🙂 xx

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      4. I am so sad to report that it was not my favorite cake. I went with a recipe that was richer, and I think it was just a bit too much for me. 😬 Oh the shame! Today I am making carrot cake cupcakes, and they will be my redemption 😊

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  6. Your quote “…we had landed up somewhere we did not know we wanted to be” is so wonderful! It sums up all of the best experiences and discoveries Lex and I have had in our journeys. I will have to look for the film, The Scarlet and the Black – A brave priest who did such heroic deeds! Love the photos of you and Adi waiting for your food – although you do look a bit more patient 😉

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    1. Thank you for the compliments, Neek 🙂 We are like-minded people, you and I, and our spouses too, which just makes this journey grand.
      The film is a gem. Not a known one which is why I was happy to have discovered it in the basement hall of a church so randomly 🙂 xx

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      1. Oh super weekend. Cold morning run followed by a big brunch and delicious cookies. How about you? 🙂

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      2. My mother calling this morning because she forget where she put her eyeglasses and Lex trying to dodge some crazy drivers on the highway – a typical weekend. 😛

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      3. Hahaha she calls you for where she might have misplaced her glasses. That is too cute. Lex dodging crazy drivers sounds a bit iffy though. Enough adventure for the weekend, it seems 😉 xx

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