Leaving New York City on Tuesday, June 14th 2011 was much harder than I thought it was going to be. When I left for the airport, the new tenant for my apartment was outside, waiting to go in and take measurements of the place. Gulp. When I arrived at JFK with three bags to check and two-carry ons, checked in and headed for the gate, it suddenly washed over me that I was leaving the only real place I’d known as home as an adult. I came to New York in September 2004, right after graduating college in Boston. I rented my first ever apartment with my own financial info (albeit with two roommates and a converted wall) and somehow survived those first couple of years. NYC and I have had our ups and downs to say the least, but it’s a fascinating city that I hold in my heart. I feel like I became an adult there and it was very hard to say goodbye to the life I created and the friends I made.
But now, after nearly seven years in New York, I’m starting a new adventure in a new city. London is truly an incredible place. I’m already loving the mild climate, even though it’s currently thunderstorming outside the window of my rental flat. 🙂 The people are so friendly, even though they keep making sarcastic comments about this city. “Why did you move to London?” a man asked me yesterday. “I love it here!” I said. He replied, “You can keep it.”
There’s an incredible history and culture here and I’m so excited to discover this city. I know my friends will come visit me and that makes me prepared to fend off the loneliness that I’m sure will come at times. And, I live in Europe, for crying out loud! There will be so many cities and countries to visit from here, and I look forward to sharing them and my recommendations with you. All you have to do is subscribe to GoodTravelerKarma to keep up with me!
Thanks, NYC, for everything – I’ll miss you. Hello London!
© Jennifer Konopasek and GoodTravelerKarma, 2011.