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Winter Break. Our Trip to NY. Day 7.

Winter Break. Our Trip to NY. Day 7.


Yesterday was a super white and cold day over here with all the snow. It was beautiful! But the snow didn’t stop our explorations.


We said good-bye to the four little trees in front of our rented house and then headed to Hudson.


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The ride was slow but lots of fun. h5

This time we explored some very interesting buildings with our Hudson realtor. All of the buildings need Β work but they were so beautiful! These places are “raw diamonds” with lots of potential.





Then I stopped to enjoy this window. The snowflakes on the glass looked like hundreds of miniature birds. But I had to keep moving because this place didn’t have a heater. My toes started to scream: Take us out of here!!!!


Then we went outside but my toes kept screaming louder than before.


Then my fingers joined my toes. They all screamed at the top of their lungs. Help!!!! Help!!!!!!!!


I thought that I was going to die. Instead of houses around me I started seeing thousands of those miniature birds from the glass window that we saw before. It was like The Birds from the HitchcockΒ movie, but instead of black, these were white and icy. Help!!!!!!!!!!!


I went inside our car and turned up the heater to a tropical temperature. It was like Hawaii. Perfect! But reality hit me hard when I had to force my body to get out again. Poor toes and fingers and nose and ears, they were in pain. But the lesson was learned. I was wearing the wrong shoes, socks, scarf, hat, pants and sweater. The down jacket was OK, that’s why I survived. Next time it will be different. If I want to be happy in Hudson, I first have to master the art of dressing properly for low temperatures.

Tomorrow we should be flying back to LA if the weather allows. It is all in nature’s hands now. I am so excited about this trip! It was absolutely great regardless of the fact that I almost die. And the best part is that Bill and I and the kids fell in love with the very last building on the list. It is a beautiful three story house, 3 blocks away from the train station, located in the most beautiful street here in Hudson. It is also a couple of blocks away from the building that Marina Abramovic bought for her art institute. That makes everything even more exciting. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Talk to you later!


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  1. oh Elsita!….I was just like you when I first came east!…..just gotta get you the right boots and gloves and you will be fine!…:). It took me a little while to get the ‘hang’ of how to dress for winter here….but then again, the cold we are currently

    • Thanks, Kerin! It makes me feel better to hear that you got used to the cold on the East side. The human body is very adaptable. I just need to educate myself about the right kind of clothes and shoes to wear over here. Lots of people looked happy in the middle of the cold, if they can do it I can do it too. Yay!!
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  2. Oh, something happened!…I was saying, this type of cold is not normal!….30 degrees or so, which is, feels very different !…safe travels!

  3. Her hat shop is at 715 Warren St. if it’s still possible you might get there… sounds like you could use a nice hat πŸ™‚
    It is terribly cold here in Toronto as well- not typical cold- extreme cold. I can imagine it is a huge shock to your system! I love hearing about your adventures in Hudson though, sounds amazing + exciting!

    • Hi Carol! We didn’t have time to stop by the hat shop, but we will do it for sure next time. I definitely need one of her beautiful hats. They are real pieces of art. I hope that the cold is not treating you bad. Over here in LA is perfection now. Warm and sunny. But I will have Hudson in my heart! We fell in love with the place πŸ™‚
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      • Glad you are back home in the warm sunshine! I’m looking forward to following your Hudson dream- I’m sure it will all happen as it should…

  4. I forgot to say, I want that black couch!:). Gorgeous!

  5. i would love to help outfit you for the cold northern winter climate. In Canada we always try to stay warm and enjoy all the winter season has to offer us. big warm hugs my friend.

    • Yes Margie! I need your help πŸ™‚ The winter season is magical. I took so many photos of the wonders that the snow brings with it. I can’t wait to be back there dressed properly.
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  6. Hi Elsita,
    I’m new to leaving comments but was so excited to hear your plans and that they mean you will be in New York teaching classes at some point. Yay! I teach 3rd grade at a full inclusion school in Brooklyn and had the pleasure of recharging my batteries in Hudson at the end of August. You will love it in the summer, and autumn in the Hudson River Valley is amazing. Good luck!

    • Great, Theresa! It’s great to hear that Hudson is beautiful in the Summer. I can’t wait to be there around that time. Maybe when we move there you can come over to recharge your batteries again. Wishing you and your students all the best in 2014!
      Elsita πŸ™‚
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  7. This is all so exciting! I wish you the best on this project Elsa. I am looking at these photos and feel so sheltered from the weather here in L.A!

  8. I’m so excited to see the house! There are so many beautiful houses up there. And yes, it has been so cold here on the east coast. If it makes you feel any better, it has actually been much colder than normal…about 30 degrees below normal for this time of year. But it’s beautiful nonetheless. πŸ™‚
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  9. Dear Elsa, the world really is upside down! I’m reading your stories here in Brazil on a hiper mega hot hot sunny day, poolside and drinking pineapple juice with mint! Good luck!

  10. People like us from warm places at first don’t understand about the right footwear when visiting cold places. I went from L.A. to live in Boston in the December one year and found it extremely hard to traverse in snow and slushy ice. My feet froze in no time and I slipped and sled every few steps. Couldn’t believe it took me months to realize I had to get the bulky stuff everyone else was wearing. I thought by not wearing open toed shoes was good enough. And I barely owned socks.

    Gloves. The kind lined with rabbit fur helps a great deal more then just single ply gloves.

    Congrats on starting the journey of realizing your dream. It’s a super exciting time. Can’t wait to see where it leads you.
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  11. Just catching up… and so thrilled to hear you are moving to NY! I have lived in Ithaca, NY for 13 years… but grew up in California and have lots of Puerto Rican blood coursing through my veins. It is all about the right clothes, for sure. Foot wear being the top priority. Your description of the pain was so perfect. Just know that you will be able to avoid it next time and go exploring “Margie” style with your camera in the woods. The magic of seasons is something I’ve never stopped marveling at. I think you, especially, will draw tons of inspiration from the changing scenes outside. FELICIDADES and BIENVENIDO!

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