New York was like a helter-skelter mix of sights, smells, loud noises and people of all shapes and sizes, ethnicity, and social /economic background. The smell of gyros cooking from a street vendor, a tall, portly twenty-something heckling people to visit his comedy show. People, tons of them chatting or yelling or cussing at each other. My first impression of New York was navigating the massive crowds and bright lights of Times Square. As soon as I arrived , I learned a few rules.
1. Never say "Excuse Me"
Unless you are about to push through a frail, stooped-over 90 year old woman, always adhere to this rule. There are more than one reasons why. In New York you will constantly be making your way through a group of people. In Times Square we weren't walking. We were simply navigating through a constant crowd. If you say excuse me every time you move past someone, you will be out of breath faster than a New York minute (Ha, see what I did there?). And also if you say excuse me you will not be acknowledged at all because I'm guessing in New York, "AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAAT!"
2. If someone heckles you to buy anything, look at any thing, take a photo for anything, say no, fudge off, fudge no, heck no or any other variant and walk away... quickly. If you do not do this, you will have a sweaty man with halitosis trying to convince you buy something for fifteen minutes straight, not getting the hint you are not interested.
3. Do everything fast. Seriously. You might end up separated from your party if you spend a couple extra seconds getting your metro card to get on the subway because a couple of running Brooklynite girls will cut you off in the line.
|First Day Look: Sensible sneaks and comfy jeans for lots of walking|
Shirt: H&M, Vest: Urban Outfitters, Jeans: GAP, Trainers: Asics, Turquoise Bracelet: Mom's Closet, Gummy Necklace: Claire's
|Source: Mugshots R Us|