When I tell people I’m from New York City, people usually say one of three things. Either it’s “OMG I love New York,” “I’ve always wanted to go to New York,” or “what on Earth are you doing in London?” The truth is though, born and bred in New York City and living in London, I’m 100% a city girl, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
There are a few things I definitely miss about New York, to be sure… bagels, New York pizza, cookies from Levain Bakery, the list goes on and on. Most of the things I miss are food related… because, well, I like food! I also miss other things like being able to go to the store at 3am (yes, there was a need for it and 24hour shops are common) or going to my favorite cinema. I’ve got lots of little spots all over the city that I would spend my time in. I grew up there after all, so there are a million memories I’ll cherish. Growing up in a big city like New York means I’ve experienced life in a very specific way. I was 18 the first time I saw a live cow roaming in a field. My college roommate teased me about how excited I got for about a week. I didn’t know that stinging nettles are a real thing and not some phantom plant out of Harry Potter, until Carrie was telling me a funny story about it… I can’t sleep if it’s too quiet, because I’m too used to the noise of a city. Weird, right? When I have these revealing moments… when I become aware of how my upbringing makes me different, I definitely miss home. Something else I miss? My friends and family are another thing. Sometimes, they do feel so incredibly far away… thank god for Skype and Whatsapp!
That being said, I’m so lucky to live in a city like London. It would have been difficult to adjust to, had I grown up somewhere else, but I’m pretty lucky to have gone from the Big Apple to the Big Smoke. Even so, London does sometimes feel big and lonely but it’s such an amazing place. I love exploring (which I’m sure you can tell from my instagram), finding new bits, revisiting old bits, and just embracing all of it. I’ve never been to so many parks or museums until I moved to London, and I’ve never been so interested in architecture! I’m obsessed with it! I love the fact that you get all these little pockets of history scattered all around. In fact, I’ve got a running list of places I want to go and things I want to do, so it keeps me busy. Even after 2 years, London still feel so magical!
These days, I’m also starting to think outside of New York and London. I’ve got a few places in the UK I want to go (Cornwall, the Peak District, the Highlands) for a long weekend or a few days; I am, after all, a city girl, born and bred, and I’ll always crave the lifestyle that comes with it… there are lots of amazing European cities I want to visit too, but at the end of the day, London and New York are the only places I can call home! That in and of itself is an amazing thing and makes me feel very lucky!