My building is a 15-minute walk from the subway. Inconvenient? Maybe. But I've decided to look at it as an opportunity to explore my new home on a daily basis.
A few months ago (gosh, even a few weeks ago), I was hesitant about moving into the city. Not because I didn't want to live on my own, nor because I was worried that I'd be unable to. I was hesitant because me moving to New York City was neither a big move nor an exciting one. Or so I thought.
I grew up a half-an-hour away in New York's suburbia, and as such, living here almost felt too safe. Here I was trying to be so adventurous and open to new things, how could I then go and settle into the most familiar city I've ever known?
But then I did. It became possible and more necessary than ever thanks to The Well Daily. And I would be absolutely lying if I were to tell you that I am not now thrilled about it. Did I really believe this wouldn't be another foreign experience?
As I walked home from the subway to my apartment yesterday, I realized how unexplored the Upper East Side is. In my case, at least. I passed places I've never been to, let alone heard of. I mean, gosh, two nights ago I strolled along the East River Promenade (and tweeted a photo as I did) for the first time in my life.
New York is a composed of neighborhoods with their own unique personalities. Even if I were to spend the rest of my life living here, there's no way I'd be able to get bored with each and every one. I've tasted many a city already, the cities of Santiago and Strasbourg have already become homes, and now that this city is my adventure, I'm beginning to discover how content and excited I am with that.
Last night I invited friends from high school, college, blog land, and work to venture to the Upper East Side for a happy hour. Wicker Park even extended the drink specials to welcome me to the neighborhood! I had an absolutely amazing time. So much so, actually, that it wasn't until 11:30 that I made my way home, arm in arm with my roommate. How could I ever not have wanted to move, live and actually experience here?
P.S. Now you've seen my tiny bedroom :) and the rest of my apartment too.