I've always said I think London has an undeservedly bad rep for its weather. True, it's often grey, and the cold is damp as opposed to dry, but it rarely rains. It rains a lot more in Scandinavia than in London (nb this is completely anecdotal), and from my short NYC stint, it's safe to say New York is pretty wet too.
I really like New York though, even if it isn't with the same passion I felt when I first visited Paris, or, indeed, London. That might be part of growing up, and being fairly well-travelled. Things seem less new now, because they are - particularly when travelling to other metropolitan cities in Western countries. I went to Budapest two years ago, and that was something else for sure (and I'd recommend everyone to go!). Anyway - New York, New York. I could see myself living here for a while, and over the past few weeks I've tinkered with the thought of perhaps moving over for a month or so. My best friend lives here, and my addiction to lobster rolls is developing rapidly.
I do feel like New York is more exciting than London. I know, shock horror. I'm pretty good at branching out in London (I mean I've even given it its own IG hashtag because that's how much of a millenial I am, vom vom) but last night we stumbled over a burlesque show in a tiny little venue in LES, and that's never happened once in the 8 years I've spent in London. And the night before we ended up in the most amazing Indian restaurant I've ever been to - it was covered in christmas fairly lights (love a good fairy light), and the food was cheaper than chips. It was a thoroughly bizarre and wondrous experience, and London's Brick Lane literally pales in comparison.
I've been lucky to get the full NYC experience. It's been a glorious mix of work, shopping, food, drinks and cuddles with my bmfl. We've visited museums and speakeasies, swanky bars and gritty bookshops, posh boutiques and extraordinary food markets. And tomorrow evening we're going to a house party in Williamsburg, which feels like it'll be all the lols. So yeah, NYC has been very good indeed. And there's more to come - the bf and I will come back to NYC over Easter, in less than a month(!).
Ps if you need something to put a smile on your face today, read Jeremy Corbyn's OOO. It's a brilliant piece of literature (as expected).