L and I were traveling to the Dominican Republic on Christmas Day. We had a 23 hour layover in New York, which, because of the snow storm, turned into a 96 hour layover.
Much of our 96 hours were spent trying to get seats on any flight to Santo Domingo, and we had daily trips to Newark airport from B and J's house in River Edge, New Jersey. There was a lot of standing in line, eating Combos and drinking Dr. Peppers, and eavesdropping on other people's complaints.
In between standing in line and constant flight status monitoring on L's laptop, we managed to do a shopping trip to that mecca of shopping, Woodberry Commons. After a few years in Europe and many many years in Asia, I do have to admit that nothing beats shopping in America, especially after Christmas Day!
We also got to meet up with RR. The meeting place was the new Blue Ribbon Sushi and Grill in the Upper West. We used to go to the old one down in Soho and this new one did not disappoint. We had the Sushi Deluxe, Ise Ebi Sashimi, Fried Chicken "Blue Ribbon Style" and Oxtail Fried Rice:
After so much movement and anxiety, it was very comfortable hanging out with B and J and cute nephew LL, all of one month old but already hanging out with the grownups everywhere we went:
Four days and four pounds later, we finally found ourselves on a plane to Santo Domingo.