By Kelsi Smith
My stance is a controversial one, and it's not like I hate New York, I just don't love it, I'd like to, I just don't. This week I'll be visiting New York City for the fifth time. I am extremely privileged to visit New York once a year as part of my job. We fly on a jet, we stay in the Four Seasons and we have the run of the city, I am very lucky. But despite this, I cannot fall in love with it.
I think it has a lot to do with being European, I grew up outside of London and moved there after graduating. I unabashedly love London. It's spirit literally runs through my veins, I miss it, a lot. I spent my summers visiting European cities, Rome, Milan, Paris, Barcelona, Copenhagen, just to name a mere few. I'd live in any of these cities over New York.
To me New York does not hold a candle to these cities, in terms of culture, vibrancy and fun. Why? Well that's the question I cannot answer. It checks all the boxes, which is why I don't hate it, but at the end of the day it's a big city with history. Well I grew up with them, and I prefer the ones I grew up with, and that's what it really comes down to. Shocking isn't it?
Now to add insult to controversy…. I love L.A, as much as London. I couldn't choose between the two. When I moved here over four years ago I had the choice to live in New York or live in L.A. At this point I hadn't even visited NY and had only ever spent a half day in L.A. Yet L.A won. Why? Now this is a question I can answer. I love L.A because it's different. It's like no other city I have ever visited. Within it's sprawl lies some of the best stores, best restaurants and best experiences I have ever had. It's unique and perfect.
Now, if I turn this into a love letter to L.A I'll lose the point and we'll be here all day. The point being, I don't want to dislike New York. I don't see liking it enough to ever live there, but I would like to embrace it more. So, if you're a New Yorker… or even New York fan…tell me what to do! Make me fall in love with your city!
Adult activities (like clubbing!) are out of bounds due to my work whilst I'm there but anything else I'm open to. I feel like we've done most of the touristy things but maybe I missed something!? I want to know your favourite places to eat, shop and play! Let me know in the comments, email me or even tweet at me.
And I will have Sunday May 16th off work…a free day in the city, so I'm thinking a fairly impromptu bloggers meet-up might be in order! Send me an email/tweet if you're up for it!
I will report back upon my return to let you know if my mind has been changed!