However, while recently surfing the net, I had found an ad on Craigslist for this 1969 Raleigh Sports women's bike with a Brooks saddle and a front basket in top shape. I took the opportunity as I was enchanted but unsettled. When I had made the journey to South Brooklyn, I learned that this seller in particular had been selling used bikes by word of mouth making a decent living by up-cycling bikes, repairing and selling them. He then tried using Craigslist, selling 40 bikes out of his garage within the first month. A major success.
I was able to to test the bike, to get a feel of what it would feel like on the road. It was as if I was riding WendyBird again however different with the chill and sun, yet still liberating. I took it right away, carrying it with me all the way home to plan the rest of my life in NYC. I decided to name my English Raleigh Elizabeth Bennet, the Jane Austen character that I have been referencing my life to in the past 2 years. Although I have taken my time to find the right bike, it took time to find the right pace for my life here, and yet that day was the first time I could say that "New York is starting to feel like home now."