Back to Reality

Note: To understand the story from the beginning click here.

HOLD UP – who painted the taxi’s black? Oh right, I see – I’m back in London. Back to reality. 6 days for some may seem an awful lot of time to spend in New York City.

For me it felt like no time at all. I’m a terror for post hol blues. I’m such a day dreamer at heart and now they involve delicious meat filled sarnies, american accents and high rises galore. I can’t complain one bit though as I get to see Sarah sis in a few days and both her and the other sis, Hannah, along with father Paul next weekend. Wonderful.

You know when you go away and you worry you haven’t done or seen enough? You frantically go online to see when the best deal is to go again (better get saving – youch) and you unpack your suitcase to find that you only wore 25% of the clothes that you dragged with you. Hey – at least I know I could have worn 5 different outfits a day. Options people, options.

I don’t regret one bit of NYC though because with any trip that I have embarked on, especially with friend Caroline, we’ve embraced the feel-like-you-live-there vibe far more than the how-many-sights-can-I-squeeze-in one.

My main impression of New York is that I can understand why people do class London as a very similar city. It has areas of likeness. Places like….the trendy bit, the tourist haunts, the artist’s hub, the yummy mummy section, the hold-on-to-your-bag parts and the financial district of course. The only difference being is what we can do, they can do better. Piccadilly Circus is definitely a poor man’s Time’s Square. I’m not necessarily saying that’s a bad thing.

One thing I don’t quite get at home still is this utterly breath-taking view from the window:


Now to be totally honest with you all, when I departed for NYC I was getting a little worried that I wouldn’t have enough to talk about. Well that is not the case. I’m almost BURSTING with everything to tell you and how I am going to keep all of this schtum. It will be a huge challenge. Friends reading this, I am so sorry but I’m afraid I’m going to keep you in the dark too because I think it will be more exciting for you to hear about it this way. (NOTE: Bribes will not be taken. Not even alcohol. I know, it must be serious).

I mentioned in my last post about the school children that have written to me about my Mum. I will be receiving and reading these this weekend and still cannot wait! My Dad has been to the school today in fact. He was there to open the garden that they have put in place in memory of Mum.

vivs garden

Beautiful. Mum would love it.


Spot on. A motto I’d like to think that I have always believed in but now I am using it more so than ever.

So here’s my plan for the next stage of posts coming out. I will entertain/bore (delete as appropriate 😉 ) with my tales of New York, of the people who I met along the way, of project inspire, of two projects I came across out there, of watching Stephanie perform and meeting her in person, of the photos I took and of the letters from the kids.

Something missing from above is the postcard responses. Blimey – I was so nervous about those postcards. In Paris I was leaving them originally for just me to hear back from. Now I feel like they are for us to hear back from. That waiting is frustrating. I wanted nothing more than for this to work out. My fingers are constantly crossed.

Luckily, the magic has happened once again. It has blown me away more than I ever could have imagined.

I don’t believe it myself.

I have more than one postcard response already……..


Published by rachaelchadwick

🔸Author - 60 Postcards, Agent - Bell Lomax Moreton 🔸Co-Director @actionforsama 🔸Media + Comms @thepositivebirthcompany 🔹Dorset + LDN

7 thoughts on “Back to Reality

  1. Hiya Rachel Remember the Hornbys from up north? Well, I had a chat with your dad yesterday and he told me about the 60 postcards thing so after we’d hung up I went online and read all about it. Wow – it’s fantastic and a real tribute to all the Chadwick clan – truly inspirational! So now we’ve signed up to get the emails so we can read each instalment as you write them. Your mums garden is lovely and what a great way to remember her – very emotional, I’m sure. Hope to catch up with your dad sometime soon – take care all of you. Forever in our thoughts. Love judy and rick xxx

  2. Hey rach so glad you had an amazing time can’t wait to hear all about it. We had 7 days there and you are right …. It’s not too long. The garden in memory of your mum looks beautiful and so lovely they asked your day to open it. Brought a tear to my eye. Look forward to your next blog xxxx

  3. Get back to your laptop missus and getting typing….I need to know more!!! xxx

  4. Did my last comment work? I just wanted to say this sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to hear more! The fact that you have already had responses – amaze. Those little kids at the school are the sweetest, a very special thing to come home to. xx

  5. agh I love New York! Sounds amazing, can’t wait to hear more. And the fact that you have already had responses?? Amaze. xxx

Your comments....

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: