Before moving to New York City, I had never lived in a city before. I grew up in a suburban area outside San Francisco, surrounded by rolling hills of undeveloped land. My college years were spent in Ithaca, New York, another non-city environment. It wasn’t until eight years ago that I experienced city life for the first time.
I currently live in Brooklyn, which really does feel like home after all these years. My work is here, I met my husband here, my 20’s happened here. I don’t discount that could feel such pride and comfort in any other city, but NYC has become a benchmark against which I compare all others that I visit. No matter what part of the world a city is in, or what cultures permeates its streets, or what issues plague its people, every city has features that make it unique. Every city has something that makes it stand out. Both good and bad.
Although there are so many more we both want to experience, out of the places we have been, the below international cities are memorable for various reasons.
City we most wished we saw more of: Bangkok, Thailand
City that surprised us the most: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
(We expected it to be stark, but the culture of Dubai runs deeper than the foundations of the skyscrapers)