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Take me back to Manhattan

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“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” goes the famous song about New York City. Is there a place — a city, a school, a company — about which you think (or thought) the same? Tell us why, and if you ever tried to prove that claim.

“Take me back to Manhattan,
take me back to New York.
I’m just longing to see once more,
my little home on the hundredth floor!
Can you wonder I’m gloomy?
Can you smile when I frown?
I miss the East side, the West side ,
the North side, and the South side.
So take me back to Manhattan,
That dear old dirty town!”

When I’m down, I use to sing this song from the musical “Anything goes”. It reminds me when I left everything here in Spain, and went to New York, to the unknown, and I survived against all odds.

I stayed six months in the Big Apple before going to San Francisco to work there as a stringer for a news agency.

I rented an apartment and found a temporal job. I learned some English. I met wonderful people who helped me a lot. When I was depressed, I could always get lost where nobody knew me. I laughed, cried…, never got bored. I felt free. I was glad to live the city life, not as a tourist, but as a newcomer citizen.

Since then I’m longing to come back. But I’m afraid to ruin the magic of those six months with a tourist visit.


Make It Anywhere.

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Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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