From London we headed to NYC to reunite with Tana. It was colder than London, and we were even more freezing, but the weather was not so gloomy. Plus the Christmas decorations added a bit of warmth.
Oddly enough, although both Glenn and Tana had grown up about 150 miles from NYC neither of us had really ever been there before, so it was all new to us. We did our best to eat and (unfortunately for some) shop our way through Manhatten. It was interesting to walk by and actually see all those places we had heard about and seen so often through our lives - Times Square, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Macy's, the Empire State Building, and so many more.
Aside from shopping, we managed some other touristy-type activities. Tana and Zane got in some Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center, we visited Battery Park to catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, but did not venture out on the harbor as it was so cold and windy we feared the boat would be struck by icebergs. We did however meet a wild turkey in the park - how many wild turkeys live in Manhatten anyway?
On our walk from Battery Park to Little Italy for lunch we passed through the financial district where Glenn stopped to give the Wall St. Bull a friendly rub for good luck. We were hoping to see some grief-stricken investment bankers jumping from the tall buildings, but no luck.
We also managed to catch a performance of "The Lion King" on Broadway, which was quite enjoyable and reminded us of the warm weather in Africa and many animals we had seen before.