Maarten Schäfer

We are in downtown New York. We have been here several times before and know Manhattan pretty well.

We are discussing our plans for the day while enjoying a caramel macchiato in one of the zillions of Starbucks cafés that help keep New Yorkers awake.

“Let’s see, what will it be this afternoon?” I ask. “We could take some pics from the top of the Empire State Building!” “Again?” says Anouk.

New York rocks

“Skating in Central Park?” I suggest.

“Done that!” Anouk replies.

“Check out the Bronx?” I try.

“Hmmm, maybe not,” is the answer.

“A helicopter flight…?” I persist. Anouk is having one of her attacks of ‘been there, done that’ and rolls her eyes at every suggestion.

“We are in one of the world’s most switched-on cities,” I say. “Why don’t you come up with something.”

Anouk decides to order another coffee while I try to breathe calmly and empty my mind. When she comes back, she has…

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