"How's New York treating you?" It is a normal question here, people wonder what your opinion is about the big apple. Everybody has a different story, but some elements are the same.
You never have to be bored if you are in the mood for a day out in the town. The city lives and breathes 24/7, but in the evenings the bars and restaurants really take over. Choice enough, you might even say too much choice.
For me as a western European I notice a lot of other differences, a lot have to do with the default attitude of the people here; you take care of yourself. That brings its own mentality, especially here in the big city. It really is a mixture of the up-and-coming, the now, old news and the forgotten...
Most people are friendly, but I get the feeling that attitude is something you have to earn and work hard for. Being introduced by friends gives you that privilege, but you can really feel that is not the default.
Today I recovered from the flight to the states and I probably need tomorrow as well. It is humid as h*ll here and the temperature makes it tropical. I walked around the neighbour to see where I have to be next week and it POURED. I almost got soaked with an umbrella. So I went back and read up on university stuff, read my book and chilled with some music.
People know I do not like big and crowded cities and NY is no exception; for now, I'll take Stockholm any day of the week. But hey, I still have 9 more days to adjust that attitude.