January 6, 2009

The World's Largest Ice Rink

... is in my town. Since it is only open for 3 more days, I decided to skate on it yesterday.

I dragged my skates with me on an 8-stop, 2-transfers metro ride and found a line that was up and down and wound around an entire city block. Because they claim 4 million people will skate over the three-and-a-half-week run, I should not have been surprised by the line. When you do the math, that's about 16,000 skaters a day! What was I thinking?

Ice Charades does not like to wait too long in lines and considering I've done a bit of skating in my day, I wimped out and didn't wait. What I need is for Susan at Lifeskate to visit next year and do a report so I can tag along (and not have to wait).

I did get up close to the ice, as you can see here, and considering the weather is 80 degrees and sunny every afternoon, the ice was in good shape.

At least my daughter didn't have to wait in line for the sledding attraction. She went down three times and had a ball. I was amazed there was no line, but it makes me happy to know the top attraction was ice skating.


Aaron said...

Pray tell...

Just how big is the world's biggest rink?

Ice Charades said...

32,000 square meters according to this site ...


But I think there could be another world record for waiting-to-skate time.