I’ve been back in my beloved city for almost a week now. Here is a list of some of the differences that I’m noticing between New York City and Abu Dhabi.
There’s real beer here. The first night here we went to get pizza and beer. I had an IPA. And I stared at the glas for like an hour after that first sip because I was so amazed at how awesome beer can taste.
There is pork everywhere. I jokingly made it my mission to eat pork every day that I’m back in the States because I could. And I kept doing it! Every restaurant had something on the menu that would fulfill my pork requirements. I had no pork yesterday, but it was by choice, not because I couldn’t have had it if I wanted it.
Clothes are cheaper and there’s more variety. I went shopping for the first three days here just because I could. I also know where to buy cheap things here, so I’ve found some great buys. In Abu Dhabi, there are probably cheaper places, but they all seem overcrowded and overwhelming.
NYC is way dirtier. I cannot imagine ever seeing dog crap on the corner of a street in Abu Dhabi, but I have seen it every single day of my trip so far . I also come home and there is dirt under my nails even though I wasn’t gardening. I just feel dirty in general all the time and I don’t want to touch anything.
The streets are so uneven. There’s constant construction in Abu Dhabi, and yet I’ve never tripped there. I trip almost daily in NYC because the pavings are all just a mess. I skinned my knees something awful the first night out because I wasn’t yet used to watching my step so carefully.
It takes forever to get places. I have to walk for like half an hour from my friend’s place to the subway. As a result, we tend to stay in the area. I always judged people for never leaving their neighborhoods, but I really do understand why, now that I’m not used to it.