Tug of Two Cities

“I come from Colombia, home to some of the world’s most beautiful women and good coffee. I always wanted to live in big cities, so after Bogota, I set sail overseas to Sydney, where I would meet my future wife. At first I was only there to study English. But then after falling in love with both Australia and my wife (who was my girlfriend then), I decided to stick around and finish my degree in finance. I went on to become an analyst at a major global company and eventually got an offer from my employers to relocate to Tokyo. Having spent seven years in my adopted home country, I thought it was the right time for a change; not to mention the perfect chance for my wife to return to her roots in Japan.”Andres04Home away

“But being away from home can take its toll on you. I’ve been living abroad for 10 years now and I’m starting to realize how little time I have left with my family. My parents are already over 60 so I’m torn between my fascination with the world and my yearning to spend more quality time with loved ones. Maybe New York City—with closer proximity and overlapping time zones—is a good compromise. That said, I absolutely love Tokyo. It’s a vibrant urban sprawl that’s rich in both tradition and amenities of modern living. There’s gourmet food, minimalist parks, and watering holes everywhere (with enough attractions to keep you entertained for a lifetime). After a long day at work, I go home to my very local neighborhood, which helps me unwind. It’s my little slice of heaven.”

Perched atop Rigoletto Bar & Restaurant’s balcony, overlooking Tokyo Station

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