Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Santy-town?

During SSCs recent visit to NYC, and so we took the opportunity to join the crowds of (annoying) tourists in engaging in holiday fare. We began with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, followed by an authentic NYC diner breakfast and ice skating at Central Park's Wollman Rink. From there we dropped in at Tiffany before wandering down 5th Avenue to Rockefeller Center to see the famous tree, which towered majestically over us, doing that 'tree thing' that it does so well...which pretty much consists of the aforementioned towering majestically over us.

Though we were exhausted by this point, we made one last foray down 6th Avenue with the intent of stopping to see The Pond at Bryant Park before going on to the Macy's holiday window displays.

Upon our arrival at the park, SSC collapsed into the first available seat she spied, while I looked around in shock to find that some sort of shantytown had been erected, forcing would-be ice-skaters to wind their way through the makeshift dwellings while the squatters hawked their rudimentary wares which ranged from prints of the Irish countryside, to bath and body products, to toys, and jewelry. Others had apparently foraged through the park for food which used to prepare snacks like hot apple cider and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

SSC and I were even lucky enough to find a large tent near the rink in which the industrious soul had scavenged the makings of martinis, wine, and chocolate and cheese fondue! Wanting to do our part to help the less fortunate, we took a seat at this pseudo rinkside cafe, ordered some drinks and a few types of fondue, and watched the skaters.

So in summary, if I disappear again it's probably because I'm living a bohemian lifestyle in a tent in Bryant Park.