Day 2 in New York – Part 2
In the afternoon of my second day in New York, Lain and I went to the High Line. It’s an old rail road line converted into green space to stroll through above the streets on the west side of Manhattan.
Before I went to New York, I knew how much more fast paced, loud, and crowded it is compared to what I’m used to where I live.
I have to laugh now when I look at the Minneapolis skyline or the people bustling on the sidewalks there. It’s all pretty miniscule and tame compared to the Big Apple.
But it really hit me when I was walking in New York or riding the subways just how different people are there. They mainly look down at the floor or street, read a book. or fiddle with their phones. Many people wear earbuds. If you do smile at someone or say “Hi,” more than likely they will look disgusted and move to another train at the next stop.
It seems very important to shut out the as much of the outside world as possible. I understand that given how stressful the surroundings there can be and that there are many people that you don’t want to encourage into conversing with you.
I understand it, but I didn’t like it, and was glad when I returned home to this.
And I had a new appreciation for all the people asking “What kind of dog is that?” or “Hi. How’s it going?” or simply stating with a beaming smile “What a beautiful day!”
Minnesota nice is often made fun of or ridiculed as fake, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s pretty nice.