Festive fun in NYC

Trip Start Aug 17, 2009
Trip End Jun 30, 2010

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas is a pretty special time to be in New York, if you're gonna be away from home there are few better places we could have chosen to be.  We had made arrangements with our dearest chum Emily to come out and join us from Boxing Day until 30th December, and we had rented a studio apartment in Brooklyn to house us for the week, for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Kristina nad I would have to entertain ourseleves!

Once we had familiarised ourselves with our neighbourhood we got back on the subway and mad our way back to Manhattan for some shopping & sightseeingdowntown.  We wandered around Rockerfella Plaza, and watched the people ice skating beneath the giant Norweigian spruce, we saw Rock City Hall, Times Square and wandered through the sprawling department stores. 

We also managed to get ourselves a fairly impressive stock of goods for our Christmas dinner the next day, we loaded up on sprouts, stuffing, gravy and bought the mother of all hams for a very reasonable price.  A new festive favourite for us was egg nog & brandy, wow that stuff is good!  Certainly made me very merry indeed, and that creamy goodness is adicctive!

We woke late on Christmas Day, got ourselves wrapped up warm to go out and find a phone booth to call home.  It was great to talk to Mum, Dad and my big bro but made it all too obvious that Christmas is the time you really want to be with all your friends and family.  Anyhow, we cheered ourselves with copious ammounts of food and booze!

Boxing Day came around fast and we were finally joined by Emily, who managed to avoid serious delay even though the underpant bomber had made travelling to the US a slightly more difficult affair.  Seeming remarkably unaffected by the jetlag we headed out to a local bar, a german bar in the neighbourhood of Clinton Hill.  It was great to catch up and hear the news from back home.

With Emily being a frequent visitor to NYC we had our own personal guide about town, together we wandered about Manhattan together especially Greenwich Village, here we gorged on amazing pizza at Two Boots (I recommend the a slice of the Dude!), and ate cupcakes from the Magnolia Bakery.  We then shot back on the subway to Williamsburg where we found cool bars and good food, everbody in the part of town we were in seemed to be trying very hard to be trendy, I think I fitted in exceptionally well here!!

The next morning we took the Staten Island Ferry, from here we got a good view of the Statue of Liberty and got a far off glimpse of Ellis Island.  It would have been good to have gone to each site idividually but the queues for the tourist ferry was simply ridiculas, as were the lines to go up the Empire State Building!  So we moved on and took a look at the Chrysler Building and drifted through Grand Central Station before stopping for lunch.  The afternoon was spent in Central Park for Kristina & I, while Emily battled the crowds at the Musueum of Modern Art.  That night the ladies went off to meet Emily's old school friend Thim (a NYC resident) for some drinks, whilst I cried off and took an early night and left it to them to paint the town red.

A slow start to the day picked up pace as we all got the spending bug, with Christmas monies kindly sent from family (cheers Mum, Dad & Nan!!) we all went a little crazy in the sales, we must be the two best dressed travellers ever now.  In the evening we all went back over to Manhatan for diner with Thim at a Japanese restaurant.  Sadly none of us tried the deep fried bulls penis, instead taking the safer more delicous options on the menu.  Thim was great company with many stories to tell, and all done with enthusiasm and laughter that was infectious.  After beers at a nearby bar we made the hazy subway journey back to our rented apartment for bed.

After a late breakfast together it was the sad moment of saying goodbye to Emily again, it was great having her with us, just a shame it was for such a short amount of time.  We were back on the Greyhound that night, and heading for Boston.
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