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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.

That’s Lain to the lower right and some pretty cool buildings in the background.

Here’s Lain again trying to imitate the little guy in the walkway only he had the wrong hand in his pocket.
And here’s me.
People have a sense of humor along the High Line.
Even when they’re depressed.
The shades and shapes of the city are as varied as flowers in a garden.
I noticed that several buildings had water towers on their roofs. 
And, well, there were some flowers.

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 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.

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7 Comments

  1. I am not a city girl and try to stay away from it as much as possible. I don’t like crowds or rude people, and like you, prefer my home town with the friendliest people and my pets! I think some of our friends think we are a little strange for wanting to stay home but this place we call home is like a permanent vacation for us!!
    It does look pretty in NY though (for a city anyways!)

  2. I visit to NYC is great, but it is always wonderful to be home. I could never live in a city. However I do love to look at art, and unfortunately that is where the best museums are. Fun for a while. The picture of Lain is great and I also love the picture of you. You look very relaxed.

  3. I’m soooo not a city slicker and like I said, I haven’t visited New York since I was young but were told back then not to engage eye contact with others.

    Not my style…I’m a hugger!

    Ya sure have some great picture of the city though. Looks like you both have a sense of humor and had allot of fun!

    God bless ya sweetie and have yourself one fine day! :o)

  4. Id like to invite everyone to a post I’ve just published honoring the TV show “Big Valley”, and also actor Peter Breck. Included with this post are 2 personal recipes that was sent to me by Peters wife Diane, so please stop by and say hello and share your memories of this classic TV show. Richard

  5. You saw a very cool side of NY, but, in the end, I feel the same way about big cities as you do. I’ll take the smaller friendlier towns!

  6. Love this post..especially and in light of my heading to NYC to visit my son tomorrow!!! The excitement of the big city is always well and good..until it gets overwhelming!

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