Mark Kirby, AJ Sapolnick and Digby
London Terrace residents Mark Kirby and A.J. Sapolnick are perhaps best known for their third family member, Digby. Digby has traveled all over the world with Mark and A.J. We got the chance to sit down and chat with Mark and A.J. about their life at London Terrace Towers and their travel experience.
SS: How often are you travelling?
AJ: We try to go away for 2 ½ or 3 months in the summer then 2 ½ or 3 months in the Winter. And then other things in between. Last year we took a cruise from Singapore to Sydney. It goes from Indonesia, Bali, and then it goes Australia. It goes to Perth and along the West and South coast. And then we thought we might do New Zealand as well.
SS: You’ve traveled all over the world, what is your ideal winter holiday destination?
AJ: I don’t know we’ve done so many! 2 years ago we took a ship from Miami to Rio and that took 23 days. It went through the Caribbean and down the coast of Brazil, then we stayed in Brazil for about another month. Then we went to a pretty place called Paraty, then we went to a club med in Brazil, then back to Rio. The year before that, we went to Capetown and we went along the coast of Africa. Mark: I don’t really have an ideal place because we like to go back to places but we like to see new places as well. You grow as a person when you get more exposure and that’s one of the things I like about traveling.
SS: What are some of the biggest changes you’ve noticed in London Terrace?
AJ: The area around us. The first time I saw London Terrace, I went to a party at a brownstone across the street. (London Terrace) was totally covered in Ivy and I thought ‘what a beautiful building but it’s in the middle of nowhere!’ but that’s not the case now.
SS: On amenities:
Mark: When you live here, you get used to all the amenities you rely on them (laughs). People who like living here are just comfortable and if they want to move they still stay within the building.
AJ: It’s nice hotel living. We have a garage in the building and they’ll have a car ready for you. They have a pool which Mark uses and a gym which I use. They have a roof deck which we both use. We both know that when we go on a trip we lock the door and everything is nice and secure. They’re very attentive.
SS: Do you take Digby on any of your cruises or trips?
Mark: Digby goes on all of our vacations!
SS: How do people respond to Digby?
Mark: It depends where we go. When we went to Cambodia, I don’t know how people knew about him but people knew he was coming before we’d even arrived! They love him in Italy. We usually get positive reactions.
AJ: People can’t wait to see what he’s wearing.