New York Is Like a Playground

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I moved to New York City.

Before that I lived in Russia for 5 years.

The reason for moving here was to experience the spirit of freedom.

If I were to describe my current city in one word, that would be “playground”. People here are like children, always smiling and feeling happy.

The first thing a new expat needs to know when moving here is to be prepared for anything. Sometimes your expectations do not meet the reality.

The language issue: I speak the language, with an accent of course. I was studying it at school, but then it took me a year of practicing before I could have a normal conversation with somebody.

Since I moved here I stopped thinking I’m old 🙂

Since I moved here the new thing I started doing is running through the Central Park, I have never done this before.

You will see a lot of squirrels & raccoons in NYC (especially in Central Park)

You will see a lot of squirrels & raccoons in NYC (especially in Central Park)

My biggest lesson learnt was that everything is permanently changing. People I called my friends 5 years ago have changed, up to the point that we have nothing in common.

Some weird habits at the locals: throw out the old furniture and leave it in the street.

My biggest cultural shock was seeing the gay parade on the street.

My funniest & weirdest experience: Once I was getting back home with a friend of mine and found a woman laying down on the street. She wasn’t moving, so we called 911. But instead, 5-7 minutes later a fire truck got to the place. Together with 2 of the fire-fighters we found out that the woman was so drunk, that she couldn’t walk. And the story gets better! For some reason, she considered that I look like one of her relatives, so she started talking to me and finally got up. In the end, the 4 of us helped her to get home safely. That incident showed me what I’d like to see more in Russia: people helping others and actively participate in their community.

What I miss the most from home is my family and old friends.

Whenever I get home sick I call them via Skype.

Gay Parade in NYC - fun & music

Gay Parade in NYC – fun & music

I go home as often as I can.

I keep in contact with my friends and family via Skype, Email, Vkontakte, Viber and WhatsApp .

My favorite dish/local food is Chinese food, like Beijing duck.

My First Thanksgiving

My First Thanksgiving

My favorite places in town are Central Park, Hudson River Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library.

I get around the city on foot, sometimes by metro.

Street fashion: Great places to observe fashion at its best and to do a lot of shopping are: 5th Avenue, 7th Avenue and Broadway.

My view on people: I like that here you can meet people of every nation, so you can see a subway note written in few languages (English, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, French).

Being an expat I feel sometimes that I don’t know some local rules. For example moving from one apartment to another, for which you have to order a driver 1 month ahead. Also, tips here are no less than 20%! And some museums have suspected price tickets which means, you don’t have to pay full price etc.

In 5 years, I see myself living somewhere in the USA . I want to visit as many cities as I can.

Everybody knows that the portions in the US are huge

Everybody knows that the portions in the US are huge

Everybody knows that the portions in the US are huge

Everybody knows that the portions in the US are huge

Gay Parade in NYC - fun & music

Gay Parade in NYC – fun & music

You will see a lot of squirrels and raccoons in NYC (especially in Central Park)

You will see a lot of squirrels and raccoons in NYC (especially in Central Park)

Metroplitan Museum

Metroplitan Museum



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