“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he comes to see.” -Gilbert K. Chesterson
I love to travel and to learn about different parts of the world but what I have noticed lately is that I haven’t actually taken any time to see what’s in my own back yard. I was born and raised in New Jersey and traveled to New York often but never really took the time to visit places that others not from my area would call main attractions.
I remember seeing the Liberty Science Center, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island when I was maybe in middle school but that was over 20 years ago. It shames me to say I haven’t even been to any of the 911 memorial sites I just spent the last year and a half my life living in NY.
Today I decided to be a tourist. I didn’t check out those sites but I did take a day to just go enjoy NYC. My brother Ray and I (Adopted brother from China, not literally) spent the day together hanging around NYC and Brooklyn. We didn’t do too much but we did just enough.
We ate at a Taiwanese restaurant for lunch, had Chinese ice cream and Korean bubble tea. We walked the Brooklyn Bridge and went to the park. Waited in line over an hour for a ferry back to the city that we never got one and finished with dinner at a diner that has been featured in many movies. It was a great day!
While traveling all around the world is amazing don’t forget to enjoy the best parts of your own home, you’d be amazed at what you find.