While I really enjoy writing and have loved keeping this travel blog, I have realised that something has to inspire you to write. Here in NY, the city that never sleeps, it has taken days to get me writing. Today, we hired bikes and rode around Central Park for three hours. The sun was shining, riding was fun and exploring this park was excellent. This beautiful park amidst this concrete urban jungle provides some level of equilibrium to the city and its people. This is what I realised today! For four days I have struggled to make sense of this place. Everyone raves about NY and indeed, it was No.1 city on our list of places to visit, yet since arriving I have been overwhelmed by its frenetic pace, the crowds of people everywhere, the mix of good and bad smells, the excessive consumerism and waste, the neon lights and amazing sights, its extreme wealth contrasted with people in poverty. Central park (2.5 miles x 0.5 miles) is an oasis that allows every single person the luxury of visiting beautiful gardens to enjoy walking around lakes, ice skating in winter, boating in summer, playgrounds for children, a zoo, garden conservatories and so much more. Here you can slow down and get away from the hectic pace of daily life. I’m really glad Central Park exists. I realised this afternoon that I do like NY and that Central Park is so important to this city! Equilibrium is important!