Feeling the City Through My Feet

by Ginger on May 24, 2011

in Random

New York is for walking

Oh, don’t get me wrong. I take cabs (when I’m on business) and the subway (when I’m paying myself). But given my druthers and time to kill, I hoof it above ground. Something about the city cries out to be seen on foot. Neighborhood character can change so quickly, and the best way to feel those changes, to see those differences is if you’re there in them.

I’ve walked all over this city. I’ve logged miles and miles and miles on my feet in New York. It is still my favorite way to reconnect with the aura of “NYC” that I do love and miss. Walking the avenues and the streets I feel that piece of my heart that is filled by the city–small though it may be–awakening. I think it’s attached by string to my feet. Through my feet, I can feel the pulse of the city. I can feel the heartbeat. I can feel the rhythm.

There aren’t a lot of things I miss about working in New York, really, but the ability to really know, to really connect with the city–to know it, in such a different way than I’ll ever know San Diego or..anywhere, probably–I do miss that.

Which is why, when I come back, I walk.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks May 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I couldn’t agree with you more! I don’t even walk around Chicago, where I live, as much as I walk around New York when I visit. You really do feel the energy of the city by walking the streets!

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