No great bloggable insights descended upon me as I stepped onto American pavement for the first time in a couple of years.
Manhattan is fantastic, spectacular, dazzling, overwhelming, turbocharged — but you already knew that. The movies can’t do it justice. Americans generally don’t have as much fashion sense as Western Europeans — but you already knew that too. Even in New York, even among the non-tourists, the attire is pretty ordinary. But collectively the people of Manhattan are extremely colorful: it’s a world city in every respect. And here’s something you might not know: Manhattan isn’t just an aggressive place; it’s also friendly. Manhattan is in your face constantly with such an adrenal outpouring of positive energy that it’s almost too much to bear.
So far everything else about America is just like I remembered it.