I don't know why, but I have the hardest time getting into the city... since I've lived here, I've been to manhattan with my parents, brooklyn to hang with a friend (hi dom! dom has a blog too!), and through the city a few times to drive to other places. mostly, it's that grad school really takes it out of you. you get to the weekend and you're like "but...I'm sad...and I have homework..." and then you stay in and mope around and take a quick walk down to the water to console yourself.
well, and taking the train does cost some money, and grad school also takes that out of you, haha.
anyways, I made myself go, and it was super worth it. I know some people who aren't keen on nyc, and different strokes, of course, but...not me. I don't even have to be doing anything; I just want to powerwalk around peoplewatching and staring up at the buildings like an idiot.
I just can't get over the fact that nyc is so huge, and so old, and so talked-about. I hear songs on the radio or read books and people are just always mentioning it! and then I realize I live here. well, close enough to here.
I get a feeling about new york that I think is the old way that people felt coming over to the states for the first time. living here, living in the midwest or the bible belt, you get a definite sense of a certain kind of america. and it's nice, I won't lie. I can appreciate kansas and kentucky, for sure. but new york just has this sense of promise for me, this kind of vibe that says "this. is. america." like you can do anything.
and of course I know I won't (do anything), haha, but it's invigorating just to realize that I'm so close to so much history and so many creative scenes and so many things that people around the world just...mention so often. I think it'll take years of living in the area, if then, to lose that magical feeling.
now, I have learned that walking 30 minutes to campus in the cold is like, boring and ugh, but walking an hour in the cold through the magical nyc streets is like, whatever! but when the sun went down it turned real cold real quick. at that point I met up with my friend and we ended up going down fifth avenue to a bar called the reservoir which did very nicely, in my opinion. though there was lacrosse on tv for a bit there and look, if that's not the funniest sport, I don't know what is.
at any rate, it was a very nice evening. I'm going to be in the city a lot in the next month, as there's something I want to see next weekend, I think, and then to see a friend the next week, I think, and then my brother will visit and I want to take him to all of the places seriously, and then there's also a plan to visit the met and hamilton's house with another friend.
moral of the story: brace yourselves, there will probably be a lot of pictures of nyc in this portion of the internet.