Big Apple Dreaming

"New York Is The Only Real City" – Truman Capote

“England & America Are Two Countries Separated By The Same Language” – George Bernard Shaw

First up, full disclosure: I am not from the United States, I am from the United Kingdom – yes, the land of tea, crumpets and the Queen.

The Queen
People know about the ‘special relationship’ between the United States of America and the United Kingdom. However, since moving here, I am starting to think this is a far cry from reality. Sure, America might count on British support at a G8 summit here or there, but this is where it seems to end. Out here I am almost a novelty, people never stop chuckling at the way I talk and I have been asked many times if I have high tea with HRH the Queen of England herself.

Proving yourself as a Brit abroad certainly isn’t the easiest.  I have been questioned at job interviews about my residency status (fair enough), the potential for sponsorship requirements (obviously) but also whether I am homesick and really do love tea (huh?).

After having great internships where people don’t really mind why you’re here due to their transient nature, the difficulty is crossing over into full time work. If anyone tells you that your accent will work a treat at getting you that job you want, they are fibbing. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears – quite literally if you’re trying to be in the PR industry…

“One Belongs To New York Instantly, One Belongs To It As Much In 5 Minutes As In 5 Years”

A quote from Tom Wolfe that seems to display the unique and capturing nature of New York. I moved here a little over a year ago now, roughly 14 months but specifics seem unimportant. I think I have learnt more about myself in the last year than I did in my developing years of High School or the 3 life-altering, binge drinking years of university.

It may well seem a little odd to read the above statement and think that it could even possibly be true, but it is. I spent my first 5 minutes in New York City in a mix of panic and excitement and that hasn’t changed down the line. Each and every day is challenging, but that feeling of excitement now seems to overrule the one of panic…

This blog is my way of mapping out what I have achieved, why I came here and to some extent, why I still want to be here. Hopefully you can laugh along with me at the sublime and the ridiculous but yet come to understand what I mean when I say it is not always easy. I am not a pretentious person, I won’t try to preach at you that you should move here in an instant, but I will share with you why I perhaps now, do belong to New York.

NYC