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I’ve been back in New York for ten days now, and from Albany to Brooklyn it seems the awful weather is the topic of the hour. I mostly just stay quiet and nod in empathy, since no one wants to hear moaning from someone who’s so recently returned from sunnier settings. But the truth is I feel like I’m going through a long winter myself right now, at least metaphorically. I’m finding comfort in remembering that the things I’m struggling with are fairly universal — a loved one being very sick; anxiety over work; missing someone you just can’t be with; just feeling a little lost. But mostly, I’m finding comfort in remembering that spring always comes, and it will be here soon.

Apologies to anyone who follows me on Instagram, since versions of all these photos have shown up there. It was just one of those weeks where creativity was hard to come by. I am excited, though, about the posts coming up this week, which will cover my absolutely insane dive trip into Panama’s Coiba National Park. So if you’re all, um, enough of the sadlympics here let’s get onto the fun stuff! Then, well I don’t blame ya — check back in tomorrow for sunnier posts ahead.

Photo A
A rare blue winter sky in my hometown of Albany

Photo B
Fresh tulips to welcome me back home

Photo C
Jean-Michel Cousteau speaking at the Beneath the Sea conference — attending was the highlight of my week

Whew, that was heavy. So, on the bright side, which photo is your favorite?

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  • Lucy
    March 31 2014

    Photo A is gorgeous! I’ve been to Albany once before and this is just how I remember it, such a gorgeous town!

    Really sorry to hear about your winter blues and just hope things start to look up… And remember it’s okay to feel sad! Lots of good thoughts to you though, xx
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    • Meihoukai
      March 31 2014

      Aw, I’m so happy to hear you loved my hometown! I think it really can be beautiful. And thank you so much for the good vibes — I can feel them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • MCVK
    March 31 2014

    I like the photo of Albany. I have been there many times by refrigerated cargo ship, since it was a major port for Chiquita bananas, but we were always in a rush to catch the ship or leave the ship and go elsewhere, so I’ve never toured Albany. And I should! The trip down the Hudson to Manhattan and then into deep blue water is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen. I’m looking forward to the Coiba dive tale – I had a friend who was in prison there in the 1970s and am so glad it is now a pleasant place to visit.

    • Meihoukai
      March 31 2014

      Wow, sounds like you have some really interesting stories! Coiba was stunning — can’t wait to share my images.

  • Meihoukai
    March 31 2014

    You know, Albany is exotic…for me at least :)Though I’ve been travelling all my life on all continents, I’ve only stayed one night in Miami and a couple of hours a couple of times in Lax…Smart offbeat reports while you’re there will always make my day..by the way I loved this colored picture of Will Cody , first time I see it! (can’t be Cousteau, I would have noticed the french accent, aprรจs tout!)

    • Meihoukai
      March 31 2014

      I haven’t written about Albany in a very long time, but I’m sure I’ll get to it this summer since I’m spending quite a bit of time there! Glad to hear from people who would enjoy reading hometown reports. Oh, and it is indeed Cousteau!

  • KiKi B
    March 31 2014

    Feeling down is never fun, I hope you get your smile back soon!
    All the photos are beautiful as always, but A has to be my favourite – I’m an architecture addict and would love to live in one of those buildings.
    KiKi
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    • Meihoukai
      March 31 2014

      I had a really funny conversation with a friend today where I heard myself saying, “I think I’m going to be really happy by mid-April.” It’s a funny sentiment but I think warmer weather, a clearer calendar and a full month of clean eating behind me (I returned home to a closet full of clothes that don’t fit, which has also been rough) will do wonders.

  • Rick
    March 31 2014

    How wonderful you caught the Beneath The Sea Conference. Seems you spend as much time possible beneath the sea ;>)

    The Cousteau family has done more for our friends in the oceans than anyone. I aways remember Jacques saying that the Sea of Cortez has the most abundant sea life on earth. Wow, that is the local hangout for us here in Southern California.
    His comments caused the Mexican government to create some marine reserves to protect these untouched areas for the future.

    So Meihoukai, put on your shades – your future looks bright!

    • Meihoukai
      April 2 2014

      All the Cousteau kids came to this conference a few years ago and did a panel on The State of Our Oceans. It was fantastic and I still remember how inspiring it was. They are definitely an impressive bunch!

  • Emily
    March 31 2014

    I vote for photo A – I’ve only been to Buffalo and New York City, but not Albany and that shot really entices me to check it out!

    Hopefully Spring can get in gear soon and that all your troubles clear up too!
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    • Meihoukai
      April 2 2014

      Maybe I need to work on a travel guide to Albany at some point ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it’s a nice weekend getaway.

  • Chris
    March 31 2014

    Photo C for me, for all that the Cousteau name represents and what the underwater world means to you!
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    • Meihoukai
      April 2 2014

      The conference definitely made me itch to get back into the water, which won’t be happening until July. Good thing I have lots to relive here!

  • Sarah Somewhere
    March 31 2014

    B for sho!! Just beautiful. Don’t apologise for being sad, I’m convinced there is something in the cosmos at the moment! Come hang at my blog, we do sad a lot! Xxx
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    • Meihoukai
      April 2 2014

      Ha, I do love the way you tackle sad. I think I’ve said before on your blog that my sad is always tinged with guilt, which is an even more toxic emotion! I am on a downer right now but I can see the light, and there have been times when that wasn’t true so I’ve learned to be grateful for it.

  • Joella J (J in Beijing)
    March 31 2014

    Got to go for B! Love the flowers. I’m sorry that you’re having a tough time right now- but like you say- Spring always comes in the end. Please don’t feel bad for not being all sunshine all the time. You’re a human being with feelings and you shouldn’t have to pretend otherwise. x
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    • Meihoukai
      April 2 2014

      Thanks J. I know a lot of people read this blog as an escape and sometimes when I realize I’ve written quite a few negative posts in a row I start to feel guilty! But you are right, that is the way life truly is — ups and downs and sometimes quite a few downs.

  • Corinne
    April 1 2014

    Meihoukai, I hope all gets better for you and your loved one soon. At least winter has finally released its stranglehold! Take care.

    • Meihoukai
      April 2 2014

      Yes, I am seeing the first hints of spring. Two days ago I actually was able to go for a run outside… it was glorious and felt very good for my mental health.

  • Rashaad
    April 1 2014

    Photo A ๐Ÿ™‚ I love good architecture!
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    • Meihoukai
      April 2 2014

      Albany has some really unique architecture. I’ve posted photos before of the Empire State Plaza, if you’ve never seen it you might want to do a search… it’s bizarre!

  • Steve
    April 1 2014

    I am choosing A. Your hometown looks like a cool place to visit.
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    • Meihoukai
      April 2 2014

      You guys are making me proud and also convincing me I need to write more about Albany ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Melanie Fontaine
    April 1 2014

    I totally get the place you’re in right now and I feel like I am struggling with similar thoughts, but ever since the sun started to make an appearance in Norway, things have been getting easier. So I love how you say that spring always comes – because it’s so true! And probably the only way to really be able to deal with those struggles. But we’re all thinking of you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My favorite picture is Photo A – love the look of the two buildings in the foreground. Exactly how I imagine old buildings in New England to look like! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      April 2 2014

      Thank you so much Melanie. The sun came out the past two days (dark gray is back today) and it’s absolutely amazing the shift in my mood. I just don’t think I’m made for winters.

  • tammyonthemove
    April 1 2014

    I like the last photo actually, as it looks like a kick-ass robot at first sight. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      April 2 2014

      He was a kick-ass UNDERWATER robot ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Andi
    April 1 2014

    C how awesome!

    • Meihoukai
      April 2 2014

      You would like the show if you ever get there Andi ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m trying to go to DEMA this year. Love dive/travel/trade shows!