Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Adventure in Vermont Concludes -- Reasons Why I Still Want to Live in NYC

After reading all of these posts about how lovely Burlington and its surrounding areas are, you might be worrying that I'm about to pack up and move my little family to Vermont, leaving my poor Manhattan-centric blog to wither and die a lonely death.

I assure you, however, that this is not the case. Although I adored Burlington and would jump at the chance to spend a few weeks there again (this time, with husband in tow!), there's nothing to worry about. I'm still a New Yorker at heart :)

I thought I'd put together a little post with just a couple of the reasons why I couldn't live in Vermont as a permanent kind of thing. For one, the culture and energy in New York is impossible to beat. Everything happens here, and I love that. For instance, there are whole rooms here in libraries filled with works by New York authors. Here's what I found in a giant bookstore in Burlington:

12 whole books by Vermont natives. That's right.

Also, although I'm surely generalizing, New York tends to be just a tad more liberal-minded:

Yes, that does read, "Satan's ploys are no match for Christ's power" in the window of the laundromat. I mean, I'm all for exercising your religion, but at the laundromat? I really just want to wash my clothes, thanks.

And although we were fabulously lucky because August was the perfect time to be in Burlington and this was about the worst weather we saw:

Vermont looks a whole lot more like this for many, many months out of every year:

And let me tell ya, New York is about as cold a place as I EVER want to live!

But most of all, in coming home to the city, I was just so thrilled to be back with this:

The people that I love, of course. I so so so missed my family and friends while I was away, and am very happy to be home!

Have you ever been away from home for many weeks or months at a time? Did it make you consider moving? Why or why not?


  1. I can't imagine being away from home and loved ones for the time that you were away from NYC. I bet you're glad to be back! There's a reason that place is home. :)

  2. I like getting away from the city every once in awhile - I have a horse and would love NOT to have to sit in traffic for two hours to get to see her - but it's things like that sign in the Laundromat that made me move to Chicago in the first place! That, and the fact that we have vegan cupcakes available late at night. You just can't get those in the suburbs.

  3. @anniaglissman: There are so many reasons to love living in the big city. Being able to satisfy any craving you might possibly have at 2 AM is definitely one of them ;)