I flew to New York from Jamaica, and stayed there for 4 days with Meghan and her friends on Long Island. Some people in America go crazy when it comes to Christmas decorations for their houses and gardens. One house had caused the street to become gridlocked from so many people trying to see the house and garden. The entire garden was filled with illuminated ornaments, while the entire garage was converted into a luminous nativity scene. Besides seeing some crazy Christmas decorations in New York, I also saw the most breathtaking view thus far: the entire New York City skyline from I-278 in Brooklyn. 

Explosions in the SkyThe reason I was in NYC was to see Explosions in the Sky. I saw them on two of their three dates at the Bowery Ballroom. We managed to get close to the front on both nights and had perfect views. The first show was incredible. I read afterwards that their record label thought it was one of the best shows they’ve ever done. They were amazingly tight and went insane during the intense parts. I felt like I was on drugs (I wasn’t!) and I’m so glad I have seen them now, at last. The venue was the size of upstairs Zodiac, but with the bar downstairs, so the crowd was perfectly silent during the quiet parts of their set. They said it’d be their last tour playing small venues because they had to play three nights at that venue to satisfy demand, and their next tour will have to unfortunately be at larger venues. Shame.