Just got here this morning
This Travel Throwback takes us WAAAY back to 2005. Yup. I could not even find these photos on a hard drive or cd! I instead took a few ghetto snaps out of my scrapbook from my phone, and then dug through Facebook archives. Regardless, this was an important Christmas for me. In 2005 I spent my very first holiday away from home. I was 19 years old and doing my first show at an Equity house on Long Island. It was also my very first time in the Big Apple. My how 9 years have changed my life!
We did have a few days off for Christmas, and a friend and I stayed in our cast manager’s apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. We splurged on cheap tickets to Beauty and the Beast on Broadway that we bought off a street salesman. We didn’t even think they were legit until we got into the theater and were escorted to our seats, 2 rows away from the orchestra!
On Christmas Eve we attended midnight mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We chatted with our families and tried to be strong…we were living the dream! Both of us felt lonely, but we enjoyed the time we did have off. Christmas day we found the one Chinese restaurant open on the block and broke into a bottle of champagne. Good times.
Can you find me on the end? Last one on the right:)
I spent that Christmas roaming the streets of the city, seeing sights and pursuing my dream to dance, dance, dance. Now looking back, I have always been a strong woman, but cheers to that past me~ she was pretty darn tough too. Made for adventuring and wanderlust;)
My Christmas in New York City shall be one I will always remember, as were those insane days of dance. I’m the Santa baby blonde in the back row.
Merry Christmas 19 year old me, I like where we have turned up to be;)