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Post Favorite World City: Another Vote
Created by John Eipper on 03/30/21 3:51 AM

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Favorite World City: Another Vote (Harry Papasotiriou, Greece, 03/30/21 3:51 am)

My favourite city is New York. It began as New Amsterdam, a company town of the Dutch East India Company, originally inhabited temporarily by rotating company employees. From those early days, it cultivated a commercially minded spirit of tolerance of all religions and nationalities. It is the most high-energy city I have ever been to.

In Manhattan, I can easily walk five hours in the morning and another five in the afternoon. Every time I go, I discover new places and sights. New York is simply inexhaustible. I could easily teach a semester-length course on its fascinating history.

JE comments:  It's revealing that our colleague in the cradle of civilization (Harry Papasotiriou in Athens) would opt for the epicenter of the bustling and modern.  New York is exciting, but I'm never able to find my "comfort zone" when visiting.  Too many choices?  Parking that costs more than a hotel room should?  Or am I simply a provincial boy at heart?

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