"It was like Santa threw up in there."

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Subways are fun! =)
We forced ourselves to wake up before 9:00am so that we could take advantage of our hostel's free breakfast.  Breakfast was just a bagel with some condiments and coffee or tea, but it was enough to sustain us until lunch, and certainly better than paying for breakfast elsewhere.  Most of the group of us, now including our driver's sister who was working in northern New York and came down to meet us, had never been to NYC before, so we were obligated to do a few of the touristy things.  Thankfully, they didn't want to see everything, so Shannon and I were spared the boredom. 

First off, we went to pay our respects at the World Trade Center.  We read about the new plans for the site and took a walk in the station below, where we could see the actual site a little better.
  Afterwards, we took a stroll towards Wall Street, which was appropriate since all of us were business students.  We even dared step into Tiffany's to pretend we could purchase something, although I don't think we fooled a single worker there. 

Then, to be even more appropriate, we made a necessary detour to the United Nations.  AIESEC, the world's largest student-run organization with chapters in over 100 countries, was, after all, the reason we were there.  AIESEC has close ties to the UN and was started at the same time, so with its international nature, we knew it would be the perfect place for us to go. 

Feeling reenergized, we took a stroll towards Central Park for none-other-than ice skating!  That was pretty much the only requirement on our list of things to do while in New York, so we were pretty determined.
  I was nervous because I'd ice skated only once in my life, but everyone else told me not to worry, as they assumed that since I was dancer it would come naturally to me.  Unfortunately for me, that was definitely not the case.  I was a mess on the ice, barely even able to stand without falling.  This of course made me even more nervous, and so I fell more, and so began the vicious cycle.  We'd paid for an hour, but 30 minutes in I was pretty much ready to give up.  Nevermind that less than a month before I had sprained my MCL in my knee so I was scared stiff that I would fall wrong and finish the job by tearing it (oh yes, my knee brace was incredibly fun for airport security, by the way).  Finally, my very wise friend looked down at my legs to try to figure out what was wrong with me and asked the ever important question, "Did you tie your skates right?"  To which I glanced down and replied, "Well, I mean, I tied them.
  I didn't know there was right way."  With a look, she pulled me off the ice and made me sit while she tied them for me, correctly.  A world of difference.  I was still shaky, but I was making full circles without falling now. After that, it was fun. =)

After ice skating, we did Times Square and Rockefeller center and tree.  Then, we headed back to the hostel to regroup.  Some other AIESECers had gotten into town so some of us went with them.  The rest of us stayed behing to wait for Shannon's friends from Princeton to get in so we could meet them for dinner.  They got in much later than expected, so we decided just to walk around the neighborhood for something to eat.  After dinner, we took a subway to Greenwich and walked around some more, not really having any aim.
 

Lo and behold, we came across the cutest, most festive little restaurant we'd ever seen.  It was, as my title implies, like Santa threw up in there (I know my way with words is amazing ;) ).  The bar, no bigger than a hallway, was completely covered in Christmas decorations.  I mean, a heater was not even necessary, for the heat emitting from the Christmas lights in the place was enough.  =) They weren't serving food, so we decided to be a little devious and illegally purchased a bottle of wine.   Feeling a little warm and toasty ;), we paid and made our way back to the hostel.
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Subways are fun! =)
Subways are fun! =)
World Trade Center site.
World Trade Center site.
Wall Street!
Wall Street!
Walking into Tiffanys!
Walking into Tiffany's!
United Nations.
United Nations.
AIESECers at the UN!
AIESECers at the UN!
I just liked the colors of this.
I just liked the colors of this.
Tie a knot on violence?  I think I…
Tie a knot on violence? I think …
One of my favorite pics.  Im the …
One of my favorite pics. I'm the…
Gosh, it was so pretty.
Gosh, it was so pretty.
Central Park Ice Skating.  I felt …
Central Park Ice Skating. I felt…
This was the first half of the ice…
This was the first half of the ic…
Radio City!  I used to really want…
Radio City! I used to really wan…
Rockefeller tree and me!
Rockefeller tree and me!
Central Park ice skating was cheap…
Central Park ice skating was chea…
A very blurry photo of the group i…
A very blurry photo of the group …
So this is the French Bavarian Bra…
So this is the French Bavarian Br…
Everyone. =)
Everyone. =)
Our contraband bottle. =)
Our contraband bottle. =)
Cheers to our getting away with ha…
Cheers to our getting away with h…
My friend said this reminded her o…
My friend said this reminded her …
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