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Thoughts on the Holiday Season

It all made sense to me as a I walked home from Netball Olivia’s impromptu Christmas get-together. I understood what these cold, snowy Northern Hemisphere holidays mean to me. And why people in parts of the world who experience warm Christmas days exhibit a nostalgia for the movies, the songs about sitting in front of the fire, rugged up with those you love; about bundling up and making snowmen in the fresh powder in the backyard; about sipping mulled wine and eating heavy meals, even though it contradicts our experience. I get it. 

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Christmas in Chiang Mai Pt 2

Merry Christmas!

Here’s a little song the American wrote to celebrate the silly season. But beware: it’s catchy!

So, it’s Christmas Day here in Chiang Mai and it was a pretty low-key day. I wasn’t able to fall asleep until the sun rose. By the time I awoke, the UN Bakery was fresh out of baguettes and French loaves, but was bursting at the seams with mince pies. I returned with the last four bread rolls and chocolate croissants to enjoy with our powdered coffee for the celebratory breakfast at 2pm. We’ve been getting up in the PM since we arrived here, and have (so far) been unable to readjust our schedule.

As we had brekkie, I skyped with my family who were winding down after a busy day with the relatives in Sydney. It’s days such as these that I am lucky to be living in an age where we can connect instantly, visually, with those we love. Just seeing my family, sitting around the dining table, and chewing the fat about the day and plans for the holidays was so wonderful. I miss them enormously, and I am really starting to rethink this whole travelling for Christmas thing we’ve opted for…  I’m really looking forward to chatting with the North American contingent in an hour or so.

Christmas in Chiang Mai Pt 2

This evening, we took a stroll around Chiang Mai. On the way past Thapae Gate, we stopped to have a peek at the markets and food stalls and concerts celebrating the New Year. A young girl was performing traditional a Thai dance in an elaborate costume. The Thai Post Office had a stall and was selling postcards: a perfect opportunity for me to get all those postcards I have already written, mailed. We wandered around for a little, then continued on past the nightclubs and their ‘friendly ladies’, to the Night Markets.

As per tradition (one that started when we were in Germany last year when everything else was closed), we had Christmas Dinner at Pizza Hut. So American, right? And now, I can hardly move. All of that doughy goodness! It was a welcome change from the vege fried rice /pad thai combo we have each night.

Christmas in Chiang Mai

And I hope you had a great Christmas, or are in the process of having a good one.

Why hello, Seattle!

Why hello, Seattle!
And what do you have in store for our long-long-weekend now that the Annual Report is off at the printers?

Looks to be a true Pacific Northwest experience

Looks like we’re in for some true Pacific Northwest weather!

(And yes, I still operate in degrees celcius).

Any tips for places to eat, things to see?

Radvent 2010

 

Why don't you join me in Radvent 2010?

[Source: Princess Lasertron]

I’ve decided to join the Radvent 2010 movement, which was a concept created by one of my design heroes, Megan of Princess Lasertron.

It’s a blogging project leading up to Christmas and the New Year, serving as a discussion platform for various topics as well as for exploration and reflecting on my own growth up to this point.

I’m really looking forward to living up to the commitment to write more, and am curious to see where this adventure in blogging takes me.

The most magical time of the year

[Source: Princess Lasertron]

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Anyhoo, after months of planning, my plans for Christmas are confirmed: I will be returning home to visit my family and friends in Sydney.

Home.

So instead of curling up by our imaginary fire, and wearing jackets and scarves and gloves when we head out into the cool San Francisco environment, I’ll be out and about in the Australian sun, waterskiing and kicking back in my parent’s new holiday house.

I haven’t been home in 18 months and I’m really starting to miss everyone. Sadly (primarily due to outrageous cost of airline tickets), The American won’t be able to join me for Chrissie with the fam this year. But he will be loved from afar and forward in time, and will enjoy Christmas with his family here, and I’ll be doing the same with mine, only 8,000 miles away.

Christmas, Aussie style

Sunshine and warm weather!

I have not seen my friends in so long, and am thankful that most of them are still there. Time and distance can make really cause a great divide between people, but the few close friends I still have in Sydney are ones where I can just pick up where I left off… and for that, I am so thankful!

Hello, cool Christmas feasts!

I am looking forward to seeing what everyone’s up to and I am looking forward to my favourite things about home to recharge my batteries: sunshine, soaking up the beautiful colours of the environment you can’t get anywhere else, good times with friends and family, and Twisties!

What are you looking forward to?

xTRP