Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas at Stuytown

Hey everyone! A couple days ago, I wrote about the tree lighting at the Rockefeller center. I don't know what's in the Christmas things this year, but I'm loving them! That's why last week, my roommate and I joined some of our neighbors at Stuyvesant Town for the tree lighting ceremony.

I'm glad we moved to this area of the city. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, Stuytown is a neighborhood complex in the east village. There are so many apartments here that it feels like a community itself. That's why there's always going on around our parks. For more information you can check the website here: link.

We had seen people setting up Christmas lights around the trees in the park, so we figured out there would be "some" Christmas decorations. Then we received an email announcing the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. We were home for that evening, so we decided to go and check it out. It was in the Oval Park, which is quite a big one! We arrived there when Santa was already speaking to the crowd, and here's what happened. I recorded and uploaded a video to share it with you:

How awesome it looks! They lit up so many trees around the park. Whoever did that, I admire their patience! Hence the colors on the water fountain as well. It's such a pleasure to walk around now!

After the lighting, we all went to the ice rink. Yes, they have set up an ice rink in the park as well. I wasn't expecting this place to be that cool! The ice rink is a great alternative to Bryant Park, Rockefeller or Central Park rinks, because it's so much cheaper... even free sometimes!

That evening, ice skating was free for residents and refreshments were served too. However, my roommate and I didn't feel brave enough to go ice skating surrounded by dangerous children wearing super sharp blades on their feet. Didn't sound safe at all, but we will do it at some point!

Then we saw some people singing the typical Christmas carols I used to see in the American movies by this time of the year when I was still back home. That was one of those "click" sounds in my mind saying "José, it's Christmas!!" In fact, just two more weeks and I'll be back home. It's going so fast!

I hope you guys have a great week and start getting ready for the finals! See you soon!


  1. So cool! Thanks for sharing.:)
    By the way, I like the pictures you put in your posts. They are amazing! And I also wanted to say that I also like the background(!) pictures you choose for your blog. That way, besides providing the cheerful information, all pages have awesome atmosphere as well. Good job, Jose!

    P.S.: It's nice of you to share links to new blogs written by other students, I'm sure they have interesting stories to tell, but I want to confess I feel your blog is gonna stay my favorite anyways!!)))))

    the reader Inna:)

    P.S.#2:) Sometimes when it's really cold here, in Moscow, whenever something makes me feel sad, I read your blog and it always, I mean.. always! makes me smile. Genuinely thank you.

  2. Thanks a lot Inna! It always feels good to receive feedback like this, because I really enjoy writing this blog! Thanks for reading, and there's more coming up :)

  3. You're so welcome, José! Look forward to reading new pages :)

    By the way, if you enjoy writing that much (which is obvious and as a reader I really appreciate your attitude), who knows, may be someday you'll decide to put all experience with the exclusive tips for international students (and not only for them) in a book! Have you ever thought about it? You know, you could launch that kind of minor business besides your major one. :)

    As an example, did you hear about the blog, which then turned into the book "Awesome"?

    I bet you could also write a very successful book because you have a talent for expressing big emotions in an easy readable language.

    That's all I wanted to say in this comment:)

    P.S.: I believe you're able to accept all praise the right way, that's why I openly write you everything I feel reading your true stories. I just know how much it's important for creative people to receive that kind of feedback, so it's my pleasure to share my opinion here.

    Overall, José, I really wish my comments to bring you inspiration because your blog brings inspiration to me. :)