I would never make it in New York City. In fact I’m 100% sure it would eat me alive, spit me out and eat me up again just for a laugh. The cars are too loud, the pace of life is too fast and its Foot Locker establishments put me in too foul of a mood to ever go back there again (an overly dramatic long story).
Of course the Big Apple has its charm what with its cute town houses, giant skyscrapers and gorgeous parks, but, I don’t know. I’ve been there 3 times now and this time I didn’t really know what to do with myself except eat all of the food I could get my hands on. There wasn’t anything I wanted to see that I hadn’t already seen save for Seinfeld’s famous cafe and maybe a celebrity walking around in a hoodie (never spotted one). I was, however, very, very eager to see how our Austrian friend, Thomas, would react to his very first American city.
Thomas was into New York City right off the bat. We left the airport and hopped into one of the first things on his to-do checklist: a yellow taxi. Our driver flawlessly fulfilled the stereotype of driving like a crazy person and dropped us off at our destination in Manhattan. On the way there, Thomas took pictures of things that I wouldn’t have blinked an eye at, like yellow school buses, small houses and traffic jams. He ate his first “real” burger that night and debated getting himself a second, but NYC’s notoriously high prices convinced him otherwise. He also took his first swig of American tap water, an event I was especially looking forward to since he’s only ever had pure, fresh mountain water from the Alps as his go-to tap water. He took a sip and was instantly grossed out, and he gave either me or Will the free water he received the rest of his time in the city. It cracked me up every time.
Thomas was surprised to find out about a number of others things that I in turn was equally surprised to learn about his assumptions. Things like:
– Not all of New York City’s building are skyscrapers
– NYC’s subway is older, dirtier and much longer than it looks to be in the movies
– It’s actually not as stressful of a city as London
– There are a whole ‘lotta doormen
– Starbucks is king and sit on every corner
Even a borough switch was a bit of a shock:
It’s been really fascinating to see things from his perspective and experience the alterations or complete switches of his assumptions along with him and I’m excited to continue to learn from him as he now sees what life is like in home state: Georgia.
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