Christmas in New York #NYCLife14
No more school for two weeks felt pretty good. No early morning and more of the big city. However we spent our first free day, Saturday, in Tarrytown. We really wanted to get our nails done for christmas, since it is kind of a typical and cheep thing to do here. When we walked in, we felt out of place. Literally everybody was looking at us and we had no idea what to do with ourselves. Which ultimately led to us just standing there awkwardly in the middle of the shop. After some time we got some directions by pointing fingers from the Chinese staff at the chairs where we were supposed to take a seat. They had run a warm foot bath for us and from there it was a lovely relaxing experience. I got red on my toes and dark green on my hands, very christmassy if I say so myself.
We got lunch at a local cafe called Mint. Renee and I shared the mozzarella pesto pannini and a fruit platter, both very enjoyable.
On Sunday we went to Manhattan. It was a cold Christmas day without snow, and we soon found out that most stores where closed. We didn't know what to do with ourselves, but luckily our brunch place was open. I got the avocado toast as well as Renee and we walked trough Greenwich Village, it was delightful. It soon got dark and as we approached Rockefeller Center all the Christmas lights made my eyes twinkel. There were masses of tourists and is was hard to get trough all of them to find a good spot from were we could enjoy the spectacular light show. Worth it, it was but the real Holiday spirit was still missing. Family is important, I know, but especially being so far from home during this time of year you realize how much you love and miss them. I always looked forward to the christmas dinners with my family. On the 25th, first day of christmas I would have a big Christmas dinner with my fathers side of the family. On the 26th, second day I would spent with my mothers side. Everybody would be there and it is usually more fun than other family gatherings, I don't know why but it just is. It was hard being away from all that but it made me all the more grateful to have spent it with a friend like Renee, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
From all that walking we were pretty tired the next day, but that was actually perfect because we had had a movie day planned. The first one we saw was Passengers which I really liked but the ending kind of sucked. The second film we saw was La La Land. It was a weird movie, but in a beautiful way. A movie were you still have to think about afterwards to realize what was actually going on. We still felt tired and fell asleep as soon as we found ourself back in our beds.