New Yorkers pride themselves on getting places in one smooth walk, without ever having to break their stride. At first, being the New Yorker that I am, I found it difficult to get used to the fact that for many people here, a don’t walk sign means don’t walk. Berliners take it very seriously, often waiting steadfastly for the walk sign even when the roads are deserted. And if there are children about, one should most certainly observe the signs or risk being scolded by the parents of said children, or by the children themselves!
Despite that, like many people our age here, I mostly still walk when there are no cars coming and no children are in plain sight. But I’ve discovered that occasionally I like to stand and wait for the walk sign, finding that it makes for a nice little forced break from the constant rushing around. How about it, New Yorkers, willing to give it a try?