what i’ve learned from nyc so far

Has it been a big change moving from Atlanta to NYC? I guess it has to be, but it never really felt abrupt – more like a smooth transition. There are definitely things that you don’t know until you arrive in the city, and here is what I have learned so far.

  1. Don’t follow someone across the street. Sometimes being a few steps ahead makes all the difference between crossing unscathed or getting taken out.
  2. Medium-sized handbags are pretty much useless. I am either rocking a tote with everything I’m going to need for the day – extra shoes, lunch, notebook, etc., or I’m just going out on the town with a clutch or small crossbody.
  3. Everybody eats late here – 1:00 lunch is pretty much the norm. It’s actually nice if you are starving at 11:30 or noon since lines are non-existent.
  4. I can eat more because I walk so much. Yes!!
  5. Everyone in NYC is not sophisticated or well-dressed. There are rednecks and bad dressers and boring people just like everywhere else.
  6. On any given weekend, you can find a street festival, and usually one celebrating another culture.
  7. You can hear car horns and even people talking 26 stories up – through closed windows.

I’m sure there will be more as I go. What have you learned from the city?

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