The thing I miss about travelling isn’t so much the places — it’s the people.
I miss the guy I met in Midtown after the Dees pumped the Hawks, the one I got on the Bloody Mary’s at 7am with, and ran around Manhattan alongside, chasing shots and pasta and pastrami sandwiches.
I miss that girl I met in line at the W. The one with the tips for an Aussie in Brooklyn.
I miss that mate I made from Moscow.
Those scriptwriters in The High Line Hotel lobby.
The Cambridge professor I met on the boat four hours off mainland Australia. The way our kids played together.
I miss the stoop hangs with strangers on sweltering nights in the Village. T
hat soldier on the train in Venice.
The bargirl at the Irish.
That muso at the Inn.
Those boys with the tugboats.
That woman in Italy with the big smile and bigger hugs.
I miss Mama Vi at the Harlem Choir.
Those chefs at the Adelaide Central Market.
That winemaker. And that winemaker. And that winemaker.
The guy with the jet, and the sprawling penthouse. The way the crease in his smile sparkled, like he knew he owned everything, including my stare.
I miss the jazz bar owner in New Orleans with the beret and cheeky wink.
Those girls at brunch in Switzerland.
I miss running through the underground tunnels during a layover at LAX to get forty-five more minutes with that gem I bar hopped Stone Street with.
That art dealer.
Her author friend.
Those college grads in San Francisco that I taught how to really dance.
The Wall Street bankers that I only just outdanced.
I like new places, old places, foreign places, familiar places — but what I really love is the people that make the places.
The chance encounters, the serendipitous meetings, the random run-ins, the way one thing connects you and then a million tiny moments fuse you together.
I miss the chase, being chased, the buzz, being the buzz, the turns around wrong corners, the stumbles into right arms, the bumping of shoulders in vestibules, the knocking of knees at barstools.
I miss the way he’d throw his head back when he laughed.
The way she sang.
The way he sauntered down West 10th.
Moment after moment.
Forever etched into my heart, my memory, my skin.