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American Dream: 

The ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.

“He could achieve the American dream only by hard work”

I miss New York. I spent a few days over there, and loved it. Nobody commented on my French accent, and it felt, well, refreshing. Not to mention that I ran every day to train for the 100k in September (you can read all about it here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Muriel-Demarcus). I saw the city in a new light. I especially liked the Hudson river at 6 am. The light was amazing, right?

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I felt right at home. The food was great. As usual, I was struggling with the size of the portions (they were huge!!!), and I have to be more mindful of what I am eating now, but hey, life is to be enjoyed, right?

Something was happening at every corner of every street. Apparently, New York was clearly the place to be as my daughter even managed to visit some of her friends who also happened to be in New York. And they all understood my heavily accented English.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not naive. When I was running on Broadway at 5.30am, I was amazed to see hundreds of homeless people sleeping on benches, chairs, and building entrances. There are a few homeless persons in London, but not like this. Clearly the system wasn’t working for everybody. This is not something you see during the day in Manhattan.

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I ran from Harlem to Battery Park, from the West side to the East side, and it felt amazing. I had never been to Harlem before, and loved it.

I don’t know if I am suffering from post-hols blues or if the training for the 100k is starting to take its toll, but I am shattered. I can’t wait for the children to start school again in order to spend less time trying to organise everything for them (does it make me a bad mum? I wonder…)

What about you, how are you coping with the end of the holidays?

  • Alana Mautone

    I’m sorry to say you only saw the tip of the iceberg – New York City may have the most homeless (I grew up in NYC, by the way) but several cities in California actually have a greater problem. One of my coworkers visited San Francisco a couple of years ago and was horrified at what she saw. The United States has much greatness, but this is not one of the things we ever want to be #1 in.

    • I love the US! That said, I wasn’t expecting to see so many homeless at the wee hours of the morning. You are not the first one to tell me that it problem is even worse on the West Coast.
      I hope that solutions will be found for them. What happens during winter, when it gets cold?

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    Marcus Garvey famous Jamaican – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Garvey who also lived in New York for a while….