One Word Sunday: Urban

Debbie’s theme for her ‘One Word Sunday’ is Urban and what could be more urban than Manhattan? This photo was taken through the window our son’s office, high above the most densely populated and yet the smallest in land area of the five boroughs of New York City. Due to COVID-19, our son is still working from his home in the suburbs but will soon be required to return to the hustle and bustle of the city. We have planned a visit to see him and our grandchildren in July, and will most probably take a ride into the city for the first time in almost two years. The thought is both exciting and intimidating, as living here in Florida, we’re no longer used to being amongst crowds of people. We have decided to fly up, so it will be our first time in an airport and on a plane since the virus struck. It will certainly make for a change of environment.

Wishing you all a very good week.

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54 comments on “One Word Sunday: Urban

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  2. I remember the ‘good old days’ when traveling by air just meant boring time at the airport and on the plane. After the past year, I think we look at our fellow travelers differently since we don’t know who has been vaccinated and who hasn’t. That being said, visiting your son and grandchildren is certainly a draw that will help you make the effort. I hope each leg of the trip goes smoothly with zero issues. Have a great time.

    • Yes, I’m even old enough to remember when flying was a pleasure before not only COVID but before terrorist attacks on planes which now necessitate rigorous security checks and some formerly innocuous items being banned from hand luggage. These days it’s all too stressful, but needs must. πŸ˜…

  3. Thanks, Gerrie. I think it’s going take some getting used to, this being normal again. Thank goodness for effective vaccines though. I really empathise with your cousins. Hope that they get to visit family in SA before too much longer.

  4. Isn’t it amazing, how in a relatively short time we have become unused to crowds, airports, planes, traffic, how life has changed! I couldn’t believe how noisy Sydney was on our first trip after Lockdown, and now I hardly notice. Isn’t it wonderful that we can get vaccinated and now feel safe to travel…..albeit to some places. My cousins are desperate to visit family in South Africa, but not yet! Lovely that you can visit your family in New York, and I hope you take lots of photos for future stories. I love that photo of your son’s building, and perfect for the topic Urban.

  5. That is great that your son has window view! Although I am very afraid of height but love to look down from tall building. Good to have eye breaks from work once in a while and look out or down πŸ™‚

  6. The thought of flying and big city gives me the shivers, but wishing you happy and safe travels. Here’s to thoroughly enjoying your visit!

  7. I know exactly what you are feeling Sylvia. I want travel to come back as quickly as possible, but then think of the logistics. We have been practicing social distancing for over a year, so now we need to relearn what is it like to return to β€œregular distancing” which will be different than what it was before. There are still many unknowns. And yet, seeing your son and his family is a rich reward – well worth the angst. I will be celebrating with you when you step off the plane and greet your family. A wonderful reunion. Sending many hugs!!

    • Thank you, dear Rebecca. Our son and family were fine when they flew down here for Easter, so I’m sure we will also be safe. The thing is to be careful and not let our guard down, even though we are fully vaccinated. We were hoping to get to South Africa later this year, but their COVID numbers are still very high. We’ll just have to be patient a while longer.

  8. What a view, Sylvia, my favorite sort for a big city–from a distance and virtually. I like my canyon walls to be made of earth and rock rather than buildings. πŸ™‚ But there will be lots to enjoy while you’re there…and think how you’ll appreciate getting home.

  9. Oh, my goodness, Sylvia, that extra-tall building would give me nightmares! But I’m guessing your son thinks differently otherwise he wouldn’t be working there in the first place.

    I don’t even like going into Leeds city centre never mind somewhere on the tall dizzy scales of Manhattan!
    At the same time, I can appreciate that many people would hate to be where I am too.

    I hope you have a wonderful time visiting your family, you’ve been apart for too long. Enjoy πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Sue. We’ll see how I feel about being in close proximity to all the other hoards of ants, when I get there. πŸ˜… New York is one of a kind. We’ve been there dozens of times but obviously not during a pandemic. Those subways and packed trains are something else, but maybe we’ll drive in this time.

      • Coming from that gorgeous place where you live in Florida I can understand how nervous you might feel.

        Is Covid on the rise again over there? It seems to be the Delta variant over here. I have three grandchildren with it now and I’m expecting it to pass along the kids. So far the vaccinated adults have been okay.

        One household began after the eighteen-year-old went to London for the weekend. Mask wearing is all well and good but it’s what they touch too. Within the other family, the grandson thought he’d picked it up when playing football!

  10. Flying to New York to visit your son may have some challenging moments during your travels but the result will be so rewarding to spend wonderful time together.

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