By now I've done it in a number of cities on five different continents, in one case (Dubai, site of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world), going as high as I could possibly go, and in another (New York City, where I spent years working on the 31st and 35th floors of the Time & Life Building), turning ascension into a daily ritual. And then there have been all of the stunning views in between.
Here's a pictorial travelogue of some of my holiday highs from the last seven years, since I left New York City on September 15, 2006 (minus Machu Picchu in Peru, whose photos were lost forever when the camera containing them was stolen shortly after my 2008 visit). Astonishingly enough, the Teen People offices on the Time & Life Building's 35th floor were as high as I ever got in Manhattan, never having climbed to the top of either the Empire State Building or the World Trade Center's Twin Towers, back when they were still with us.
Which expat view do you like best?
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
New York City