Over the years, I have grown accustomed to flying across the country and the globe on a daily basis. This week, I was in New York City to attend an award ceremony. This was the first time I had been in NYC during the winter. I have spent many a day in Boston, MA during the dreadful winter storms, so I braced myself for the NYC weather.
Maybe I am simply sensitive to the cold weather, but I must say that the wind was unbearable. I began to realize why so many of the people living in NYC were always so angry… I’d be angry too if I had to walk down the street or hail a cab in the freezing cold weather everyday, especially whilst weaving in and out of hundreds of tourists. Thankfully, it did not snow while I was in the city, but I certainly found myself wishing it were the summer, so that the sun would shine at least a little bit. In the midst of seeking ways to shield myself from the cold weather, I managed to visit the Empire State Building and the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations to receive my Luce Leader Award of 2015 for global leadership.
Although I still had to work on my Ph.D. while in NYC, the trip was a nice break. And so, I wanted to share some photographs with you.