Nostalgia for NYC
My time in Madrid has stirred nostalgia for living in New York City. The foremost similarity has been that both metropolises are walking cities. Madrid has individual neighborhoods that can be traversed and connected on foot. The fall air in Madrid may be playing a role as well. Fall signals us to slow down in preparation for the coming winter and I naturally take stock of the months (and years) that came before. Already in a reflective mood because of the season and weather I’m primed to associate Madrid with happy times spent in New York.
One great place to walk is the Retiro Park. Treasures await beyond paths, behind hedges, and around turns. Sculptures, an exquisite rose garden, fountains, and a pond-lake lay in wait to be enjoyed. Pleasantly familiar from another life spent walking through Central Park and Prospect Park.
Cultural institutions such as museums are available and densely, centrally packed. Extensive public transportation takes you where you want to go when your legs protest the distance. Restaurants, bars, and other public spaces all offer comfortable extensions of your home.
Madrid (and New York) offer up urban living on a human scale albeit amplified.