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I.E. vs. NYC

Two weeks ago I traveled to New York City with my family for
my 28 th birthday. The moment I landed in Newark, New Jersey I
immediately felt the difference between the west and east coast.

The Flat Iron Building, pictured behind subjects, was built in 1902. 

During much of my educational studies at California State
University, San Bernardino I learned about communication between various
cultures and differences in communication styles.

Now, back to the story…I was finally out of the airport in
New Jersey, en route by car to our hotel in Times Square.

We get to the hotel and I realize that we were not greeted.
This also happened at many restaurants we dined in. I’m so used to walking into
a restaurant and having an employee say, “Hi, how can I help you?” But no, this
rarely happened to us in New York. I found myself walking up to a customer
service counter only to be looked at by an employee, waiting for me to say what
I want.

Customer service does not seem to be regulated to as high of
a standard as it is over here, maybe it’s due to the fact that it’s such a
monumental city, that people will continue to visit, regardless.

The first day of our five-day stay was much of a culture
shock. At the end of the first day I realized that these people were likely not
intending to be rude…their communication style was simply part of their
culture; it’s not wrong, it’s just different.

Once I looked past the cultural differences, I allowed
myself to truly enjoy the trip. I initially had a difficult time adjusting to
the fast paced New York City lifestyle because it was something I hadn’t
experienced before.

Long story short…visiting New York City was an experience.
It was an experience I was happy to be able to treat my Mom to and have my
cousin Ashley, my Godparents, and aunt and uncle from Ventura come along as

I had the opportunity to visit the Empire State Building
Observatory Deck (which is over 80 stories high), the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the
Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the U.S. Natural History Museum and the
Rockefeller Center Observatory; oh, and I ate an amazing pastrami sandwich that
made my face puffy immediately after stuffing it down my face.

All in all…NYC was an amazing time and an experience I will
always cherish.

My biggest take away from it though, is how different the
people in NYC are from here in the Inland Empire and Southern California. I
know we come across difficult people here in the IE every now and then, but I
am so grateful to be surrounded by people who are mostly caring and kind.

…..regardless, I can’t wait to go back to NYC.
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