Goodbye for Now Beirut
I’m in NYC for two months for the summer holidays. I’ve only been here a day and a half now but it feels like Utopia. Really. The first things that struck me were wide sidewalks that are actually used for walking (not parking or driving), trash being thrown in actual trash bins (or even *recycling* bins!) and public transportation. I think this is some form of reverse culture shock where everything seems perfect and wonderful (though I don’t think that’s really how “reverse culture shock” usually works). Certainly living in NYC has its share of challenges but for now it couldn’t seem more perfect. All I can think about right now are the contrasts between NYC and Beirut. Eventually I’m sure I’ll remember all of the more challenging aspects of big city living, but for the time being I’m going to enjoy all that I’ve been missing. Not least of which is a city that is blissfully smoke-free.