The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Monday, 10 September 2007

Rollerblading madness

We just rollerbladed the whole 5 mile (8km?) length of the Hudson River Park bike path. Crazy feat considering we are only beginners at this rollerblading thing, but dang are we proud of this achievement. Mind you, it was a rather nervous start tackling slopes and discontinuities in the pathway, but we persevered. We still have a long ways to go yet before rollerblading can become a feasible means of transport, but hey, by the end of the trip, I was going faster than the joggers!

Before our rollerblading trip, we went to Times Square Church at my older sister's recommendation. When she said we should go early for good seats, I chuckled because she made it sound like we were going to a theatre show - but she wasn't kidding. We arrived at 10am on the dot for their morning service, and the whole theatre was already completely full with people standing. We had to go to their annex building to watch the service through a big screen, and the seats were full with many people standing by the time the sermon began. It was huge! Being in Times Square, the church building is actually a huge theatre with gorgeous decorations. There was even a whole ochestra and a huge choir (all garbed in those choir uniforms) on stage. I think there was at least 3000 people present at the morning service (and I hear that there are more than 8000 people who attends this church every week). With all that said, it's not really my kinda church, more of some place to go to for the "wow" factor.

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