Buildings. Descending into New York City for the first time and into LaGuardia. That’s what I first noticed. All those buildings rising into the clouds. Manhattan was stunning. It wasn’t anything at all like seeing Chicago from the air, it was something way different.
Even when I was younger, I dreamt about visiting New York City for the first time. I had this fantasy of studying Journalism at NYU and then going to work for a magazine, all while living in my VERY beautiful Manhattan apartment with 360 views of the city. Clearly, I didn’t know how expensive NYC actually is…
That being said, I landed in NYC jittery. BAGELS. ART. GOSSIP GIRL. I’m not gonna lie and pretend I didn’t have every episode of Broad City, Girls, and Sex and the City running through my brain the entire time.
The first thing I noticed about the city was the diversity. Instantly I could hear people speaking French, Portuguese, Spanish, German. It was the eclectic aspect I missed from living abroad. (Obviously, I’m gonna throw in how much I miss Europe. Sorryyyyy). NYC was this huge mix of people from every part of the world and THERE’S SO MANY PEOPLE. I’ve never felt more overwhelmed by the amount of people around me. How do all these people fit on this island? I have no idea.
I’m so used to how Austin moves at a slower pace, and Madrid, even slower. While the friendliness of both my cities are AMAZING, it’s not like that so much in NYC. Everyone’s on their way somewhere, getting where they need to be. New Yorkers are straight hustling throughout the day. Everyone is in motion. The subways are packed. The streets are packed.
But the true beauty of New York City, is how there’s never a shortage of things to do– art, music, comedy– not to mention free things you can do too. Because of how diverse the city’s population is, the food choices are endless. Anything from delicious falafels at Taiim to something fancy like Buddakan (yes, the restaurant featured in Sex and the City).
NYC is just that place with it all. I’m not sure if I could live there… but I’m definitely planning my next trip for this summer.