“I love the feeling of being anonymous in a city I’ve never been before” – Anonymous traveller.
One of the reasons a lot of people dislike cities. One of the reasons I love them.
Only a few days before I discovered this quote I was discussing this very idea with a local artist who was sharing a few suitcase stories of his own. Discovering a new city is like an adventure in miniature. Everything’s new and unknown and different. You could meet anyone; you could be anyone.
Maybe this mindset stems from the rose-tinted glasses of the girl who grew up in the country, but I’m not so easily persuaded. Strolling the Shanghai Bund on a Sunday morning, navigating the crowds of Kowloon in the early evening, making my way almost anywhere in Manhattan – I’ve felt that buzz in the air. It’s catching. A bit like the travel bug, I suppose.
Do you like being on your own in a city, or do you hate it? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear what you think!