Ah, New York City at Christmas time. I have always wanted to experience it and last weekend we packed a bag, caught the ‘El’ to the airport in the snow at 2 am, and flew to the Big Apple to spend the weekend with friends. Here are a few highlights:
- Watching our beloved Huskies take on Duke at Madison Square Garden. The men in purple and gold fell short but did give a valiant comeback in the last few minutes that got the blood pumping and made us proud.
- Walking through Central Park. The contrast between the huge, undeveloped green space and the rest of the city is so cool.
- Of course, the week-old REI Manhattan.
- Seeing small gangs of progressively more intoxicated Santas all over the city for Santa Con. According to their website, Santa Con is a “non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason.” Anyway, it was entertaining.
- Sharing a two bedroom apartment above the Manhattan Sikh Center with 5 other good friends, laughing, catching up, sharing bathrooms.
- Rockefeller Center and the Christmas tree (imported from Pennsyvania, but we have no idea how they get it there in one piece?) was good to see, but wow, was it crowded. There were times when we couldn’t even walk down the sidewalk. Between the basketball game and the tree we saw two proposals in the span on two hours!
- Two very different but epic dinners: one huge family-style Italian feast where we celebrated Lisa’s 29th birthday, and one Japanese bonanza with our waiter leading Sake-bomb chants.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. So many Picassos and Van Goughs and Monets. You could spend a week in there and not see half of the amazing art. After seeing many of these artists’ works here in Chicago, we felt so cultured when we recognized their style from across the room in a different museum.
Flying back in to Chicago on Sunday night our city felt strangely small. We had so much fun in New York and are excited to see where the Huskies will take us next year…