It’s been nearly four weeks since I landed in NYC and it sure has been a crazy time. We’ve settled into the vibrant neighbourhood of Fort Greene (which at times can be a little too vibrant - especially at 2am) and we’ve spent lots of time exploring and putting down some roots. During these first few weeks I’ve come to learn some pretty important NYC Newbie lessons:
- Earplugs are your biggest lifesaver.
- Believe your friend when they tell you that NYC summers are tough. They are.
- You want Ethiopian food at 3am? Easily found.
- The subway in summer is pretty much the definition of hell. Try not to faint, the ground doesn't look very appetising.
- You will need to perfect your dead eye stare pretty quickly - it’ll be your saving grace (see No. 10).
- Stop being so polite. Nobody has time for it.
- Lobster rolls. Lobster rolls. Lobster rolls. So many lobster rolls to eat, so little time!
- You'll start to charge at empty subway seats with absolutely no shame. (Sorry Mum).
- You can never have enough bagels.
- The amount of sexual harassment on the street will surpass anything you've experienced (This gives you a good idea and this woman — she is everything.)
- Ordering in will save you from unnecessary heat stroke. Oh - and AIR CONDITIONING! God bless air conditioning.
- Remember all those summer days you spent swimming in Australia? Not in NYC lady, not in NYC.
- Free yoga classes, art exhibitions and movies in the park? NYC you freaking rock.
- Crossing the road will cause you to pause each time while you wildly try to retrain your brain. Look left, look left. LOOK LEFT!
Right now I'm looking forward to some much cooler weather (but not too cold ok?) so we can get out and explore some more. That's coming soon - right? Right?