New York is a place I visit quite often.
It is an easy train ride from my home outside of Boston and I can come in, take several meetings and then take the train home all in one day. Any time I spend in the city though is usually seen as a blur through the window of a cab.
I was in the city for a week and with the weather being over the top nice I decided to walk everywhere that I could.
Locals know how to use the subway, but I’m still not comfortable enough with it so that wasn’t an option.
My hotel was at 39th and 9th in the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York. I had dinner way down on 10th and decided to walk to it.
As I strolled through the hustle and bustle of the city I noticed things that I had never seen before. Instead of the breakneck speed at which I was used to seeing things, I could take them all in and fully appreciate each little wonder.
It is amazing how you notice a switch in neighborhoods just from the store fronts and the way people are acting. The clothes change and the decorations in the windows do as well. The music that comes out of the windows evolves and changes and gave me one crazy playlist for my city stroll.
The sheer volume of little boutique stores selling every sort of thing you might ever want to buy and might never have known you wanted. Smells of food from every nationality leak out of the doors as a customer leaves with a full stomach.
As I walked taking it in, I noticed how few people were taking it in with me. Everyone seemed to have a phone in their hands or headphones on/in their ears.
Here I was the travelor enjoying as much of the city around me, while everyone else seemed to want to ignore it as much as possible.
I made it to the restaurant and had an amazing meal with the people who had invited me.
While I contemplated making the walk back to experience the same neighborhoods after dark, my feet were sore and I opted for a cab. It was nowhere near as exciting as my walk was.
Next time you are in a city, get up and go for a walk. You can thank me later!