Hello my lovelies!
I do hope you are well. Today I am going to be talking about something that I have gained a new perspective on over the past few years. And that is, suburbia. I grew up in a small beach city on the east coast of Australia. And while Newcastle (my hometown) is considered a city because it has a cathedral, it’s not exactly what I would consider to be a “bustling city”. In fact, Newcastle is way more suburban than it has ever been urban. And so, with this in mind, you can probably imagine just how much my perspective on cities changed once I moved to NYC.
There are so many things I instantly appreciated in assimilating into a “city lifestyle”. However, there were also plenty of things that I began to miss/appreciate way more about a suburban lifestyle. So today, I am going to share my top 5 picks of things that city kids (like myself), appreciate about suburbia.
1. Drive thru everything!
As you can probably imagine, drive thru’s basically do not exist in Manhattan. There is one McDonald’s drive thru in Harlem but that is literally it. Everything else requires you to walk in and get your food the old fashioned way. Now while this doesn’t feel like a massive chore when you’re doing it, it’s when you leave the city, and experience the ease of getting food from the comfort of your car, that you realize just how much of a luxury it is. I’m not kidding when I say that I got so excited when I saw a drive thru Starbucks, I literally screamed. Yup. I’m not sure my parents enjoyed hearing my excited squeals as we drove past, but nonetheless, the excitement was very much present.
2. Grocery shopping with a cart.
Living in Manhattan, the weekly food shop looks a little different to how it would be anywhere else in the world. Instead of being able to load up the shopping cart with the supplies for the week, and then afterwards load it all into the car and drive home, New Yorkers tend to get food as they need it. Unless opting for a delivery service (in which case, go crazy), New Yorkers only buy what they can carry. With this in mind, having the luxury of a car and huge supermarket is definitely something that suburban kids don’t think twice about, but is truly a novelty for people like myself. It is so refreshing to buy food and not have to worry if you’ll be able to carry it home.
3. Backyard activities.
Those who know New York, know how limited space is. Therefore, no one has huge backyards like they do in the suburbs. Don’t get me wrong, the parks and public areas in NYC are amazing, and I am so thankful to always be so close to them. However, there are some things that you can really only do in a backyard. One example of this, is S’mores. As an Australian-New Yorker, my experience with S’mores had only ever been over the stove top– so I was craving the real experience. So, this Summer, when we finally had access to a fire pit, making S’mores was one of the first things we did. And man oh man– it did not disappoint!
4. Quiet streets.
OK, now while living in Manhattan is a whole lot of fun, it certainly isn’t quiet. I mean, I guess it is ‘the city that never sleeps’, but when it’s 2am, the sounds of people outside or the faint ringing of sirens can seem obnoxiously loud. That is why, coming out to the quiet streets of the suburbs where you can walk around without the constant fear of being run-over, can be so refreshing. Now I’ll admit, it took me a little while to get used to things winding down a whole lot earlier. I was in Ocean Grove, NJ with a few friends a couple of weeks ago, and at about 10pm, we found ourselves having to walk around so quietly, because everyone had already gone to bed. This definitely does not happen in Manhattan, but it’s certainly nice to hear the sounds of crickets late at night again.
5. Being able to see the stars.
I love to look at the stars. I don’t know what it is, but there is something that I find so comforting in star-gazing. Being in NYC for most of the year however, does not allow me to have any view of stars too often, as they are masked by thick layers of light pollution. This reality is one that was frustrating at first, but ultimately led me to even more appreciate the opportunities I was given to see the stars. I think it goes without saying that I have simply adored having a clear view of the sky this Summer.
Well, there you have it! My top 5 things city kids appreciate about suburbia. While it has been fun to venture out of the city a little, my heart is still, and always will be in NYC. If you’re a city kid, and have any other things that you appreciate about suburbia, let me know! I would love to hear from you. Additionally, let me know if you would like to see a post on my favorite things about living in NYC, I would be more than happy to share!
I hope you all have a great day! Talk to you soon.