City at Night

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I remember when I was young and we have to travel far for the first time to transfer to another place, I sat by the window of the train. It was the first time I ever traveled far and on a train. As it was a 10 hour journey, I have seen many beautiful types of scenery – the green mountains, the tall coconut trees, the vast ocean and the rivers, they all fascinated me. However, after seeing for the first time the city lights from far away, I thought they are beautiful, as if the lights are dancing in the moonlight, like there are many candle lighted from far away or it’s as if the bright stars are just there, so near and in my grasps.

As I grow old, and since I am fond of watching movies, I observed that there are many romantic scenes where lovers are near at the edge of a mountain and were looking at the city at night. I guess because it adds that aura, that feeling that the lovers were all alone but they knew that there were people at the city and it gave them excitement or thrill.Β  Another scene would be where a man or a woman was just standing or sitting near the edge and was looking at the city at night. Here, it was used usually to depict the sadness, loneliness that they are feeling or that they are contemplating things like changes in their life or hard decisions they had to face or they may even think of ending their life.

When I worked in the city and traveled by bus looking out the window, the city at night then had a different effect on me. I can see many people in a rush; they are like a hodgepodge of walking dolls with blank faces. I wondered if I am one of those people, does someone who was also on a bus looked out from its window have seen me. Does this person have thought about these people that were in a hurry? Then as I looked up at the buildings, especially condominiums or apartment buildings, I thought about those people inside that house. How does their house look like? What are they doing? What are they thinking? What are their problems? Are they alone or with someone? Are they single or married? Are they happy or sad? Are they listening to music? Are they reading a book? These things just conjured up in my mind, maybe because at that time I am sad and somewhat philosophical in my views. However, these things still lingers in my mind especially if I travel and saw the city at night.

How about you dear readers, what are your thoughts when you are travelling and see the city at night?

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86 thoughts on “City at Night

  1. Beautiful article. Reminds me of my childhood when I used to travel with train and bus overnight, looking out of the window and had my mind traveling far. My favourite was to see people’s houses and imagined how it would be like to live in it. Every house offers different story. Thank you for reminding me of this πŸ™‚

    Hugs

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  2. I share you love for the city lights at night time. In my city, Pittsburgh, when you enter from the west you go through these tunnels and when you exit the view of the city is spectacular! I’ve lived here most of my live and though I can no longer see the view as I did before my vision loss I can enjoy seeing it in pictures and it’s still quite vivid in my mind.

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  3. I love to travel by train especially at night. It is like the world is revealed to me in bight size pieces – each set of street lights or house lights deliver a new scene and something new to roll around in my mind – lovely post, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  4. I love night travel. I remember many years ago, I was sat on a coach travelling into New York at Christmas, and all I saw was incredibly beautiful holiday decoration decorating high-rises….a truly magical sight.
    Thank you for visiting my page. Travel safe.

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  5. I remember as a small child visiting a large city and being amazed at all the lights. Now as an adult and living in that city for 26 years, I am ready to go outside of the city so I can view the stars at night. Living in a city of lights takes away the stars. Good post, I enjoyed reading it! πŸ™‚

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  6. Hello, thanks for stopping by my post, Lets see, the biggest city I have ever lived in was 50 thou, even then I am living out in the country…no lights to be seen…only the big beautiful moon….however the really big cities I have been in, I love the city at dark from behind closed doors and opened windows…I have been in Seattle, and it is a very beautiful city after dark, London is ok, but its so bright it doen’t glisten like the it should, maybe because of where we were staying..??? Paris on the other hand,,,I would never get tired of the lights of Paris…Oh my….the Notre Dam, the Eiffel Tower, the lights of the Seine…can you tell that city has me by the heart string…LOL one of the most pretty night sights I have seen was sitting up on a dock in Craig, Alaska, on Prince of Wales Island…a little fishing village, watching the trawlers come back into the harbor, it was so dark out, and the water was so still…all you saw was the boats and there reflections on the water as the streamed by one after the other….cell phones didn’t exist back then, and I never carried a camera….thanks for bringing back some beautiful memories to my mind….it will make the day even better….look forward to your blog…kathy

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    • That’s an awesome travel Kathy! You really had a great time in those places πŸ™‚ I’m glad my post evoked some beautiful memories for you. I look forward to reading more of your post. You have a so many things to share regarding your travel, now I must say you must write about that! I’ve never been to another country and may never will but I loved reading or watching about different places. It helps to know different cultures and perspective. Thanks for visiting!

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      • youi must try to get to another country…so interesting…pick one close and give it a try….If I had gone to Paris as a young women, I would of never come back..LOL Now I am married to a German and he doesn’t have any desire to visit France, let alone Paris..LOL but he doesn’t deny my traveling there…you really must try….its worth the money and time….

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      • they are both worth every penny….there lots of cheap places to stay…hostels, and some of the hotels aren’t to bad….not sure where you live but I am betting there are some pretty areas right by you….I would of never seen the USA if it wasn’t for my husband, he is from Germany and love to travel, we bought an RV and are in the process of seeing the USA one state at a time…LOL

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      • I live in the Philippines, really can’t travel…I have a 3 yr old so he is my priority for now πŸ™‚ Glad to know you are enjoying your travel throughout USA πŸ™‚ I’ve seen your email add in one of your post, is ok if I write you, just to know you better πŸ™‚

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      • Thank you, yes, it is beautiful same as your country. πŸ™‚ I guess each country has its own beauty and unique quality to offer. Now, as you are RVing you are able to check all the beautiful things your country has to offer πŸ™‚ God bless!

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      • yes, I didn’t realize how much beauty we do have…I am blessed to be able to do this….and I love it….rving is like being home, you have all the comforts anyway…I couldn’t so a tent and sleep on the ground anymore….

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  7. Night travel…depending on which means of transportation. If i am travelling by air… i watch movies and in between take a peep at the kind of movie my neighbor in front or beside me is watching. Their movie choice tells me something about such a person. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Hahaha I may probably watch a movie too or may take a peek at the movie someone beside me is watching if I am on an airplane but probably because I just want to know if I like to watch that movie also or not. Now that you say that I may think about what that person’s personality is. Thanks for visiting! πŸ™‚

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  8. Oh Shine, I loved this. You grabbed my attention and I hung on.
    I am a country girl and would hate living in a city of any size. Having neighbors close by would be weird for me now. Yet, I love to visit the city, especially at night with someone familiar with the area.
    The lights at night are awesome. Where in the daytime things might look a little dingy at night they look magical.
    They is alway so much to see during the day and at night. People watching for one. The huge building and skyscrapers fascinate me.
    I imagine the people who worked on them. I want to see the offices. How stylish they are
    When I see houses I want to knew who lives there and for how long? How many kids do they have? Animals.
    I imagine having to live there.
    It wouldn’t all be bad.
    OH THE FOOD. I could order in 24/7.

    Even here, in the area I am from, I find myself wondering who lives in the houses as we drive by. I find myself wishing it was our home.
    Or I see the beautiful yard. The garden.
    Yes, I look at everything. Every time I get Out.
    Love and Hugs Sarah

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    • Thank you very much I’m very glad you liked it. We really have so many things in common my dear Sarah πŸ™‚ We have such curious and inquisitive mind I think lol πŸ˜› Love and hugs to you! I hope you feel much better now πŸ™‚

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  9. What a great post! Whenever I visit a new city I always want to go around during the day and also at night. It looks so different during these two times and you described the feelings so well when seeing a city at night time. My favorite city to see day and night is New York City. πŸ™‚

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  10. I love this post. Great descriptions. I’ve always found it fascinating to catch glimpses through windows at night as I drive by. I guess that makes me a Peeping Tom.

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  11. Beautiful post! I can relate to a lot of things since I have similar thoughts when I’m traveling especially at night. I always wonder who must be staying in the building/ houses..what they must be eating or how they must have decorated their houses lol.

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  12. Nice.. I am sure most people have felt it in some way or the other. You triggered off my own memories.. and somehow, looking at a city in the middle of the night always made me sad.. especially when I was passing by – train or bus journey.. and I would always wonder.. could I possibly get off here and get to know the people living here? or will I make new friends here? and then when it passed by I would be gloomy that I never met a single person who came from that place.. ok, silly me πŸ˜€ But your words reminded me.. thanks so much..

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      • Haha.. cities are impersonal, they do not have life really.. just little pockets of humanity living like islands. I cannot relate to them very much. In fact, I live in a village because of that.. and I seldom go to the city, if at all..
        I like the feeling my village gives me.. at least I know the faces of the people I see, if not know them personally.. and they all know me.. most of it is familiar.. and even if there are lousy people here too, it does not matter. At least we know that they are lousy πŸ˜€

        In a city, there is nothing like that. Even the hatred is mindless, impersonal and detached. It scares me, in fact.. the callousness, the lack of empathy and the mad rush to go someplace, when nothing really important awaits them either..

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      • I agree with you, that is why in my last full time job in the city, I had to go home even if it means traveling far. I don’t want to rent or stay there, I feel like I am suffocating, and the pollution, I feel like it is killing me slowly.

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