I never thought that I would ever get the opportunity to reside in New York and live out my dreams. Together with my hubby in a beautiful apartment in one of the best areas in the city is truly a blessing. However, behind all the glitz and glam, living in one of the busiest cities in the world definitely has its downsides. In comparison to where I grew up in the Netherlands and where I live now in the state of New York, there is such a huge difference in culture that every time I fly back and forth I experience major culture shock. New York definitely has similarities to for example Amsterdam. Packed with tourists, shops, local restaurants and an extensive nightlife scene; you could say that in those aspects it’s very comparable.
One of the main things I miss in regards to living in the city is the outdoors and the nature… or lack thereof. I have such a hectic schedule and I’m always on the go, which is why I really appreciate my down time to relax and I wish I could spend it outside more. I could do the obvious thing and jog through central park, but it has actually become such a tourist spot that you never really have the sense that your alone. Back in my home country, I used to take walks outside all the time to pull my thoughts together. Even though the Netherlands is tiny and heavily overpopulated, there are enough beautiful nature dense areas that you can go to. So when I do visit home, I experience a whole new level of appreciation for the quiet and the calmness of the outdoors.
I also really miss having a yard where I would to sip my morning tea and enjoy a little me time before the jam-packed day starts. It’ll probably remain a dream as It’s really rare to see backyards in the middle of the city, since there’s just not enough space due to all the houses and buildings that are crowded together. During my trip in Morocco I had the amazing opportunity to go motorcycling through the desert; which honestly if you ever get the chance to do this you definitely should. I spent so much time outdoors during this trip surrounded by such surreal scenery that it really reminded me of how much I miss it back in New York. Unfortunately, we can’t have it all!