Dear New York,
Your skyline is expansive, breath-taking, and seemingly endless that the horizon feels far, far away.
And then there is the shopping – you certainly know how to treat this activity well! Rows and rows of stores line your streets, from a HUGE, budget-friendly Joe Fresh to a very swanky Louis Vuitton to a 3-stories chocolate store (M&M’s World), you seem to have it all!
I loved your green spaces scattered throughout the city. The most famous one, of course, is Central Park – a haven for walkers, runners, and bikers with its dedicated tracks.
Then there is Bryant Park with its impeccably-dressed, lunch-time crowds and heaps of street musicians.
We also stumbled upon a friendly, neighbourhood playground with a splash pad for kids (and adults) to cool off in the hot afternoon sun.
You spoiled us with your food carts, selling everything from nuts, hot dogs, and pretzels to falafel sandwiches and plates of chicken biryani on rice.
Yet, despite all that, I find myself wanting to get away from everything. At the end of the day, your energy exhausted me and I couldn’t keep up with it. Our hotel at the residential Upper West Side became a calming oasis that I was very glad to return to at the end of the night.
I should have known I don’t do well with crowds – I hated Hong Kong, for goodness’ sake.
Or maybe I should have done everything in a much slower pace.
Eh, it’s probably just me, not you.
Nevertheless, I’m very glad to have met you!