Nostalgia – The term nostalgia describes a sentimental longing for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
Well that is how I currently feel when someone mentions Europe. Beautiful architecture, a relaxed lifestyle, smoking your cigarette and drinking espresso, macchiato, or cappuccino in your favorite coffee shop, being able to walk everywhere, or at least use efficient public transportation or drink wine while discussing politics, Britney Spears’s new haircut, or who has the worst promotional strategy for this year’s local elections. I have to say, I do miss it. I guess it is in human’s nature to always seek for more, but at the same time wish things were still somehow the same…at least some of them.
Well, if you ever fell nostalgic, and fell like going home don’t do it. Go to New York City. Trust me. Last week, thanks to Atlas Corps team, around 20 fellows had a chance to go to New York and attend the Nexus Global Youth Summit on Philanthropy (http://www.nexusyouthsummit.org/) at the New York University. While the day was dedicated mostly to the different panels, workshops and networking, New York City was a story for itself. First glimpse from the sky prepares you for a “crazy ride”. When they say New York is a jungle, they are not kidding. But somehow in that chaos everything functions perfectly. Tons of people on the streets, cars, different cultures, fashion styles, artists, street performers, and just random people, like you and me, trying to get somewhere. While somewhere else this chaos would never work, here, somehow, it all fits together, and after first few steps you have a feeling like you have already been go this city before. Weird to say, but the feeling is very homey. The City is very welcoming, and that is something you will notice right away. Somewhere I heard this: “Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard”.
Well, I know where I will be going back. Very soon.