London, New York and a Flared Leg Jumpsuit
Growing up in New Zealand on a small farm in Darfield, I was rather overwhelmed when I first arrived in The Big Apple. I quickly realised, however, that I loved the fast-pace, craziness and hustle of a city lifestyle.
People always ask me what it is like to live in London in comparison to New York: it’s definitely much calmer! (I must be the only Kiwi to move here and say that).
When I first moved to London, the "calmness" actually bugged me: I was so used to exploring the city and feeling an intense love/ hate relationship with Manhattan, all it's crazy people and the Subway... but I soon appreciated the differences.
BRUNCH VS PUB LUNCH
Brunches in NYC are your most important weekend plan! Living in Manhattan, I would met up with the girls in East or West Village for a boozey breakfast, followed by a rooftop bar such as The Standard Hotel or Dream Downtown overlooking Manhattan. A typical New York brunch would consist of egg white omelettes, huevos rancheros or something like waffles and chicken.
Living in London, I have eaten many delicious roasts drenched in gravy and experienced my first Yorkshires- so good! Ale (or "flat beer" as I not-so-affectionately call it) is popular with pub meals.
SOCCER VS FOOTIE
Whatever you call it, both places love it. I started playing soccer on a casual basis with friends in NYC and more heavily here in London. I play left back or mid- field for the Ladies Football Academy on Clapham Common on Saturdays and get a lot of kudos from the British boys ;)
Obviously this varies between companies. There is definitely more hustle in NYC and London, whereas in NZ a work-life balance is more favoured. As I work in sales, there is perhaps a greater work-hard/ play-hard culture which generally does mean staying in the office later.
London is fantastic at after-work drinks: great for office collaboration and general good fun! Around London Bridge, Canary Wharf and Bank, even in the middle of winter you will always see colleagues drinking pints outside the pubs.
SUBWAY VS TUBE
Okay, okay, the Subway is definitely NOT something I miss about Manhattan. In fact, I would walk miles to avoid it/ taxi everywhere. Not only did the Subway smell funky, but you were never in the know as to why you were waiting 20 minutes for it to come, or why it had stopped randomly. It makes me laugh when people run for the Tube when the next one is a minute away - live in NYC and you will have a whole new appreciation.
THE EAST RIVER VS THE THAMES
Running, walking and cycling down the rivers is perhaps something I love most about New York and London. In NYC, I use to regularly cross the Williamsburg Bridge which connects Lower East Side, Manhattan, to Williamsburg in Brooklyn or hire bikes from Frank's Bike Shop and bike around the outside the circumference of Manhattan.
London has amazing charity park runs so I have been doing less river runs here - every weekend there is one on! I did the Richmond Park 10k race recently which was so much fun.
Something that instantly stood out for me was that men in London all wear navy suits whereas New Yorkers prefer black. Yankees, in general, wear a lot of black clothes. I've also noticed (not in a creepy way!) that shorter skirts are worn in London offices. Longchamp bags are also extremely popular in London as they are a durable handbag to carry your heels in too and from work.
It was a crazy year of work, study, skyscraper bars, bodega bagels and brunches in The Big Apple. I LOVE London, but can't help but miss the craziness of NYC!
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