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Could be Anywhere…

October 18th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Tonight I’m hosting a friend from China who’s surfing my couch. We played cards, drank wine and listened to music. It’s been over a year since we last said goodbye in the Far East so we’ve been catching up on everything from what’s happened in Beijing since the Olympics to what other board games we like (I definitely kicked butt in Scrabble earlier 356 to 256 ;). But what struck me is that we could be anywhere in the world doing this same thing. Literally anywhere. It’s a little surreal. As cliché as it sounds, sometimes it’s nice to have the gentle reminder that it’s not actually the place that you’re at that’s important, but the people that you surround yourself with. While I’m still getting my bearings in the Big Apple, I’m comforted by knowing that loved ones, both family and friends, are close by. Moreso, I like that being in NYC makes it easier to connect with people, whether it’s due to the fact that there are two international airports at my backdoor or that Boston, Philly and DC are a cheap train or bus ride away. In Tennessee and Cincinnati I didn’t get to connect with as many people as I have in Boston and New York. After a month and a half, one of the first things I’ve discovered about New York City is that I like this.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Beijing Bostonian » Blog Archive » You Can’t Go Home Again… Until You Know Where the Hell Home is // Oct 21, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    […] in NYC on my way home, I had a great moment with my buddy Helen that turned into a blog post by her. Then I had another great moment when I switched into “professional editor” mode […]

  • 2 heidi // Oct 25, 2009 at 12:50 am

    I agree, the people are more important then places.

  • 3 Erica // Oct 27, 2009 at 11:35 am

    “…it’s not actually the place that you’re at that’s important, but the people that you surround yourself with.” Very well said!

    And yes, it’s easier to connect with people in a big city like New York. I found that to be true when visiting myself a few years ago.

  • 4 sarah // Oct 31, 2009 at 8:42 am

    This is a lovely piece and very well said. I love New York I would love to live there someday I hope that you get you bearings soon.

  • 5 Helen Todd // Nov 2, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Thanks Sarah! There is definitely something magnetic about NYC! Thanks for reading my post!

  • 6 Helen Todd // Nov 2, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Erica! So good to hear from you! Do you have any NYC trips planned in the near future? One of these days we’re going to have to meet in person! :)

  • 7 Erica // Nov 11, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Hi Helen! Not any planned trips… yet, but I’d love to visit during the winter. Have only experienced NYC in the summer so far. But whenever I have some plans, I’ll get in touch! :)

  • 8 maria // Nov 19, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    OK I gte the general concept of couch surfing but do the surfers give you money? Do you feed them?

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