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merry xmas (from the annoying tourist)

i am the girl who thinks that just because i could get away with wearing a cardigan and jeans yesterday, today will be the same. i am the person complaining about not being able to find a good espresso. i am the person sitting outside a closed starbucks to hijack their free wifi connection.

i am the annoying tourist, and i am wishing you all a very merry xmas (eve).

since i last posted, the fella and i have seen wicked on broadway (totally amazing!), taken a helichopter ride over new york city, and explored some more of manhattan's many and diverse boroughs. i have eaten the iconic new york pizza (the best i have found is ray's cheese pizza... incredible!), downed many paper cups of hot chocolate, and devoured far too many pork spare ribs at a place called hill country bbq.

it is -1ºc outside and the breeze running down the streets and avenues makes it far colder. i need a good coat, scarf, beanie, gloves (conductive, so i can still use my iphone to navigate the subway!), and furry ear muffs.

new york just does xmas right. there are dressed trees and fake presents in every hotel lobby and store, and the converse store even has a tree made from silver-sprayed shoes (to match it's shoe-wreath!). with every purchase, i am wished a "happy holidays" from a shop assistant who would rather be iceskating in rockefeller centre or trimming their own trees. in fact, few staff in these stores can wait to get their feet out on the cold pavement to head home to their own xmas plans.

oh, and i officially love the shopping here. i could never live here: i'd spend every last penny at urban outfitters! though i think i'd miss fresh food and home cooking far too much to stay here longer than a couple of weeks at a stretch.

so have yourselves a merry little xmas, and happy holidays from the cold part of the world! i hope you are all having a special time of year and appreciating the time with your friends and family.

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