When they see the city, they see the cinemas, the shops, the restaurants. They see the bars, the cafés, the theaters and museums. They see new people, possibilities, opportunities. They see life and movement.

When you see the city, you see the drab grey buildings and garbage in the streets. You see suspicious looks in the eyes of passers-by. You see graffiti and stressed people hurrying  to work in suits.

When I see the city, I see the wrought iron balconies and decorative windows. I see imaginary lives behind glass; I hear stories on the metro. When I see the city I see the safety of anonymity. I see the strangest of people shield me from curious eyes. I see myself lost and sheltered in a crowd of strangers.