For the first time in ten years, I am visiting New York City. Rather than take the Public Transit options offered to me, I elected to walk from La Guardia International Airport to Central Park in Manhattan. I have learned three things so far:
1. People will shout and honk a lot, but it’s usually not at you.
I come from a place where people greet each other, even without prior acquaintance. In general, a loud noise means someone is trying to attract your attention. In New York, you can safely ignore most loud noises unless you did something to obviously provoke them.
2. You will recognize everyone you’ve ever met before, everywhere you look.
This phenomenon first presented itself in the form of Steve Jobs biking across 58th St. wearing a t-shirt and cargo shorts. Steve Jobs died in October, so I can safely discount my brain’s certainty that it was him, and that was only the beginning. Pretty soon, I was recognizing everyone, and had to learn to disregard that spark of recognition. There are a lot of people in this city.
3. There is not a Starbucks on every corner.
I actually had to pull out my iPhone to find one.