They say that NYC is the city that never sleeps. I can definitely attest to this after this summer. For that last two months I have tossed aside my usual tendency to sleep in past noon during the few precious months before the school year begins and instead have been waking up before the sun does to catch the 7:00 train to Grand Central for my internship. After working in the city for a few mere weeks, my whole perspective on it has been completely altered. For one thing, I am no longer able to say being on the train heading towards Hudson is one of my favorite places to be. Being wedged between the angry CEO mumbling gibberish into his phone and the damp guy clipping is fingernails every morning has caused my excitement felt over public transit to dwindle slightly. For the most part however, my love for New York has only increased. No longer am I intimidated by the strange constellation of markings on the subway map (although I still do sporadically manage to jump on the train headed in the completely wrong direction) and I’ve discovered that there are, in fact, other coffee shops in manhattan besides Starbucks. Exploring the city alone has also allowed me to find new spots to hide out in during my lunch break. My favorite is the Bethesda Fountain. After grabbing a Korean BBQ sandwich and some coconut water from Smilers, I’ll run up to the fountain and people watch for an hour. From young kids harassing the ducks to elderly couples waltzing to the slightly off beat hums of an accordion player, people from all walks of life seem to gather here. It’s a giant melting pot of crazy and I love it that way.
Now, sitting here after getting my tonsils removed and forced to stay in bed for a week, all I can think about is getting back to the hustle and bustle of the city. Hopefully I’ll be back on my feet soon and able to chow down on another Korean BBQ sandwich, but for now I’m stuck with jello and popsicles.