First of all I have to make it clear that I absolutely love where I live. At the present time I can’t even imagine living anywhere other than Charlotte, NC.
I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel to so many different places, in and outside of the country. I’ve had the privilege of meeting the people who reside in these places and I can honestly say that it’s been a very good experience being able to see all of this.
However, if I had to choose a favorite place to visit, I would have to say that my choice would be New York City. I just made a recent trip there, stayed in Times Square and spent most of my time in the Manhattan area. I absolutely love Times Square; the lights, the amazing billboards and the great food.
New York is the place that I wake up to sometimes by way of “Good Morning America” with Robin, George, Sam and Juju Chang. Also, when I’m around in the mornings and need a good laugh, I can watch “Live with Regis & Kelly” which is also broadcast from New York.
I’ve seen the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, attended games at Madison Square Garden, watched baseball in both the new and old Yankee Stadium and have learned how to ride the subway like a true New Yorker.
However, what keeps bringing me back to New York is something that’s far greater than the amazing landscape, the lights, the Broadway shows and the awesome sports teams.
It’s the people. Funny thing is that before my very first visit, I had always heard that New Yorkers were some of the meanest people in the world. However, I find that to be very untrue because I’ve met some of the nicest people in all of my travels right there in the “Big Apple”.
I believe that New York City is the one city that represents America better than any other city. I say that because of the diversity. I can meet people who look like me or some of my white friends but they speak a totally different language than we do. The diversity of NY is so amazing.
I’ve learned that New Yorkers love where they live, they’re very passionate and supportive of their sports teams and they love helping people who are visiting for whatever reason brings them there. Ask any New Yorker which subway to catch when trying to reach a destination and watch their faces light up as they give you directions.
Yes, truly my favorite place to visit. New York City, the “Salad Bowl” of America. I choose the term “Salad Bowl” over “melting pot” because a “Salad Bowl” describes it better. A melting pot will melt everything in it until it all looks the same. However, in a salad bowl, everything can keep its own identity.
That’s the beauty of New York, you have people from all over the world, they have diverse backgrounds, different beliefs, practices and cultures but they’re still… all American.