So, I told you the story of the move. It happened SO FAST. We had the thought of "Okay, let's move" in January and we had moved by March. That should have been a precursor for the time to come. I feel like the past 6 months have been a complete whirlwind. When people laugh and say that everything is fast here, they aren't just making that up except for elevators. Elevators are slow. When we come back to NC now, even at convenient stores, we are kinda like WHAT ARE YOU DOINGGGG because it seems to take them an hour just to swipe our card. The speed at which New Yorkers have perfected is quite amazing.
It's been surreal living here. I look out of my window every morning and it's hard to believe I'm looking at the Statue of Liberty and I'm so thankful for that. I'm biased but I feel we live on the best spot on the island. We are right on the water, and right beside of the World Trade Memorial. It is really quiet in our area, mostly families, essentially no night life but that feels nice for what we call home. I can now say that it feels like home. I think that has happened in the past week, so I think that's why it was okay that I finally write this post.
We always like to describe NYC as the highest of highs but also the lowest of frustrations. There is nothing like walking out the door every day and passing these iconic buildings and on the weekends getting to experience things that most may never experience in their life. We have a big list and we work on checking things off week by week. The amount we have seen in the few months that we have been here has been UNREAL but also we could be here our whole lives and still not see everything. It was amazing when we moved because the first people that we came in contact with were our small group, church family and so we had immediate friends. This obviously made the transition a little easier.
A common conversation at most new gatherings in NYC are two questions:
1. What do you do?
2. How long do you plan on being in New York City
Almost everyone is a transplant, and so everyone wants to know how everyone else feels about it. Most of the time the conversation goes the same with everyone. Everyone wants to leave, but everyone wants to stay. Let me explain.
When you move here, all you have done is visit here. You haven't worked here. You haven't been here on bad days, good days, and all the days in between. You haven't experienced people at their absolute meanest and you haven't experienced the pace at which everything goes. You haven't been on a subway that's so packed that with being short, you are forced into the armpit of someone holding the railing above you. I was so busy when I arrived that I slept seriously like 5 hours a night for 3 months. This was also because I was training, trying to successfully keep up with business, study for boards and work full time at Walgreens in the Bronx (which is an hour subway ride from where I live). I was so exhausted. I also worked in a bad area of town and just to keep this story short, people hated the pharmacy before they even walked in the door and added bonus: a small white girl who looks like she knows nothing, has an incredibly ridiculous Southern accent and a complete inability to speak Spanish no matter how hard I tried.
But I lived for the weekends, and they were glorious. We have been able to go to the beach, kayaking on the Hudson, running by the Hudson, Statue of Liberty, Governer's Island, Coney Island, brunch, diners, rooftop bars, party cruise, dozens of new coffee shops, sail boats on the Hudson, dinner cruises, cheesecake, New York Stock Exchange, Wall street, Times Square, Little Italy, Chelsea, East Village, West Village, broadway plays, live music, bike rides, Brooklyn bridge, Manhattan bride, concerts in Central Park, ferry rides, taxi cabs, Bryant park, Central Park, and famous people. We also have the opportunity of being so close to many other things with a cheap bus system so we have gone to Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Boston. We are going to upstate NY (Adirondack Mountains) in 2 weeks as well. I am thankful. I am blessed.