I recently went to New York City with my mum. I just moved to London and thought that was a big city, but actually visiting New York blew my mind! I must admit, before leaving for NY, I didn’t really feel like going.
I thought I had everything I needed in London, and I didn’t know what to expect, New York is different to London in a lot of ways, but there are some similarities too. Here’s what New York taught me about living in London.
‘The subway is not like the tube’
The subway and the tube are soooo different from each other! I am used to taking the tube here in London, so I thought I’d be able to just transfer that skill to my NY trip. But while the tube in London is easily divided into different colored lines with easily remembered names, the subway is a whole different story! In New York, the subway was really tricky for me since there were no “Eastbound/Westbound” signs, but only letters and numbers all over! I’m sure it would be easier if I was a true New Yorker, but since I’m not, I had a little trouble finding my way underground. It got easier, though, and the CityMapper app is a life saver for people unfamiliar with the subway.
‘Every street has a Starbucks’
I thought that Starbucks was super popular here in London because we have one in every town, but apparently my ideas about popular are wrong. Coming into New York I quickly learned that a Starbucks in every town is not that many. In New York, there seems to be a Starbucks every couple of metres. Good thing I love Starbucks and find myself needing another coffee every couple of minutes.
‘Healthy food isn’t that hard to find’
Both cities have so many great options, food-wise. Finding delicious sandwiches, salads and sweet, healthy treats is not easier anywhere else in the world I guess. Of course, if you long for that 3am-burger there are plenty of choices for that too, but I have to say that smaller cities should really watch and learn from New York and London’s awesome range of quick and delicious healthy foods!
‘Both cities value nature’
I L-O-V-E how both cities combine the fantastic feel of a big, busy, city with the breathtaking beauty of nature. I, of course, am talking about places like Central Park and Hyde Park, but both cities also provide so many other small breathing spaces that are also free from tourists! Go to Bryant’s Park for example and enjoy your lunch beneath the trees in peace.
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