You may remember last year when Laura Ling and Euna Lee were captured in North Korea and held as prisoners for 4 1/2 months. They worked at Current TV and they were in China filming about North Koreans defecting into China and South Korea. I followed their story closely and was relieved and even brought to tears when they were released in August 2009. Laura and Euna both wrote books about their captivity and what it was like living in fear in a North Korean prison. Laura's book was published in April and Euna's in September. I read Laura's book and I'm currently reading Euna's. Euna was in town tonight speaking at the Academy of Art University. She's an alumni from the University and they offered free admission to anyone who wanted to hear her story. So of course, I went. I'm grateful that I was able to hear her story and grateful that she and Laura were released and also very thankful that our country came together and found a way to bring them back.
On my way to hear her speak, I had to walk though Union Square. They are getting ready for Christmas. I caught them decorating the tree. The official tree lighting ceremony is this Friday at 6pm. Everyone's invited!
Macy's is across the street from Union Square and I think their store is always the most festive. In the past, we didn't come into the city very often during the holidays so I've really only see the city at Christmas time a handful of times. This year, I'm really grateful to be able to experience Christmas in the city, enjoy all the beautiful window displays and watch all the people hustle around with their packages.
"The World is Bigger Now" is the title of Euna's book.