Saturday in the Park: NYC’s Central Park

It took me 27 years to get to the Center of the World.

I came close on my first trip abroad, reaching Delphi’s “Belly Button of the World” by tourist bus, and Turkey seemed pretty close, too. But after two dozen countries under my belt, New York City finally got crossed off of my list.

I got a surprising number of responses in Spain at the fact that, for all of my other travels, NYC was a place I hadn’t explored. When my mother suggested a Girls (and one boyfriend) trip before a family wedding in Boston, my idea to spend the summer in Chicago was more than booked in my head.

Upon stretching our legs in La Guardia and picking up the key to our AirBnB apartment in Murray Hill, we had one destination – Central Park. I screwed my long-distance lens on and starting snapping away…at people.

Jugglers, breakdancers, lovers locking lips and fingers. I barely saw anything else but the people in Central Park.

Where’s your favorite spot to people watch?

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About Cat Gaa

As a beef-loving Chicago girl living amongst pigs, bullfighters, and a whole lotta canis, Cat Gaa writes about expat life in Seville, Spain. When not cavorting with adorable Spanish grandpas or struggling with Spanish prepositions, she works in higher education at an American university in Madrid and freelances with other publications, like Rough Guides and The Spain Scoop.


  1. Christine L Mendoza says:

    I live right across the street from Central Park! You could have stayed with me, or called me for dinner! Its okay though I’m glad you appreciated the beauty of it. I’m in my glory everyday I walk out of my house!

    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      I remembered that you live there, but had very little Internet. Nice place to live, though!! Gorgeous place.

  2. Hey you left a comment on my blog! Well I got this update in my inbox so I somehow didn’t get lost as a subscriber! Glad you enjoyed NYC! I’m from just about 40 minutes away from Manhattan, it’s nice living in what I refer to as “New York City’s backyard!”

    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      Hey, A! I got on WordPress’s back about it, and nearly all of the followers transferred seamlessly! Thanks for checking in!

  3. As always great shots! Love the one of the hand walker on the stairs, how did you do that?! And of course lvoe the pic of M!:)

    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      Hi, Patti! As Andi below recommended, I use for editing my photos. When I really want something to stand out, I use a focal blur. He was moving too fast for me to get my settings all squared away, so the effect came after.

  4. Such awesome shots, especially of the guy doing a handstand on the stairs!

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