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In this audio essay, the narrator builds relationships with new cities by listening closely. He finds comfort in recurring sounds, connects with people through music, and meditates on homemaking through the practice of paying attention.



Illustration by Dora Guo.


Jonathan Jalbert is a staff reporter for the Yale Daily News Magazine and a sound engineer for the YDN Podcast Desk. A native of Houston, he is a junior in Trumbull College studying Education Studies.