Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day 22 - Favorite City

New York City.

There's just something about it. Whether it's the diversity of the people, or how crammed in everything is, or how cultural it is, it is my favorite city. Now, I'll be honest, I've only been twice, and sadly, both times during the summer. One day, I'd love to go during the fall, or maybe around Christmas time.

The first time I went was after I graduated high school. It was a school-sponsored trip (through the theater department), and a graduation gift from my parents. We did and saw so many things. I have so many funny and fond memories. It was a great time.

I was lucky enough to go the second time, again not on my dime, but for work, for my first real job after graduating college. I was sent there for a week for training. What I loved best is that my flight got there very early on a Sunday, so I had a day to kind of explore (I hit the Met), and then the evenings during the week were mine. Do you know what most of the people in my training class did? Go out to bars. Really? REALLY. A bar. I mean, you can go to a bar at home. So, instead, most nights I went by myself to dinner and to see a Broadway show. I would invite my fellow trainees, but they would pass. That's fine. They didn't get to sit only a few rows back watching Bernadette Peters as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, along with Tom Wopat. Their loss. Or sit first row mezzanine, right in the middle, getting goosebumps as I was dazzled by The Lion King. My win!

I agree, I mostly love it for the theater, but there's so much more. There's a feeling, a vibrancy, a uniqueness that's all its own.

I <3 NYC.

2 comments:

Manda February 23, 2011 at 7:58 AM  

I also really love NYC, and am lucky enough to live within driving distance (though I usually take the train, since driving in the city is a pain). Alexander is begging to move there, he loves it so much! If/when we do move, I'll miss being able to go to NY so easily. Great memories of a snowball fight in Battery Park . . .

Charles Gramlich February 23, 2011 at 8:30 AM  

I enjoyed visiting New York but would never want to live there. Too incredibly noisy.

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