When I was little I dreamed of being a figure skater (also a sprint runner, judge, doctor and writer, etc.). As a teen I was convinced that had I been given lessons I would have been an Olympian. Ah, big dreams. With the temps cooling I am already planning how to stay active during the winter. I suffered from SAD big time last winter and I am determined to not have it affect me as much this year.
Now here I am dreaming of taking turns spinning around at the various ice skating rinks around town, like Somerset House and Tower Hill. But I hadn’t realized there was an ice skating rink within walking distance to us at Alexandra Palace.
I lived in Muswell Hill ten years ago and never ventured to Ally Pally. I didn’t know how beautiful and impressive the exhibition center was. A couple of weeks ago I finally visited and I knew I would drag G back to see the grounds, check out the architecture and try out their ice skating rink. The rink is massive! Well, that’s the impression I got from standing outside. Ice skating courses are offered on site, a plus if you can’t ice skate but want to get in on all the fun on the ice.
But of course I am already looking forward to warmer temps so we can enjoy the Ally Pally grounds and yes…picnic (I want to become a picnicking fool next year). Until then this winter I will be satisfied with, once again, dreaming of being a figure skater, spinning round round in Ally Pally.
And look at that view.