The festive season

I’m dreamin’ tonight of a place I love
Even more than I usually do
And although I know it’s a long road back
I promise you

I’ll be home for Christmas…

For once this is true. I’ll be in my homeland of New Zealand at least, where exactly I’m not entirely sure, but it will hopefully be with family, which matters most this year.

Auckland harbour - blue sky days in winter

Auckland harbour – blue sky days in winter

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, sun is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight.
Walking in a summer wonderland.

I’ve had 5 out of 6 of the last Christmas’s away from New Zealand, but they haven’t all been ‘Winter Wonderlands’ in the UK…

Christmas 2014: Argentina’s Lake District

View from Cerro Campanario

Cerro Campanario, Bariloche

This was the scene of last year’s Christmas, travelling solo around South America. I found a penthouse hostel that did a Christmas Eve dinner where everyone cooked a dish and you got to know plenty of other travellers. It was pretty scenic, somewhere between sunshine with cold air and a pretty nice spot to relax.

Christmas Eve Dinner

Christmas Eve Dinner – shared meal

Christmas 2013: Lake District of the UK

Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake

Back in 2014 I was pleased to celebrate Christmas with my visiting Aunt and a few other fellow Kiwi’s as I created my first ever Christmas meal that I hosted. Soon after, my Aunt and I headed off to the Lake District to check out what the UK had to offer and I got to revisit my much loved Scotland!

It was a bit of a wet one, but still lovely to have a bit of family around me to travel with!

Christmas Lights on Regent Street

Regent Street Christmas Lights, London

Christmas 2012: Visiting New Zealand

Anzac Bay, Bowentown

Anzac Bay, Bowentown, New Zealand

This was my much needed taste of home. Sunshine, beaches, family and friends.

My favourite spot: Mt. Maunganui

My favourite spot in NZ: Mt. Maunganui (you can walk around the base or up to the top)

Christmas 2011: Visiting Egypt

Egypt, 2011

Egypt, 2011

Yes I managed to visit Egypt between it’s bad/dangerous periods. It was soon after my first trip to East Africa so I’d organise my first ever resort stay. I did day trips and saw some really unique incredible parts of the country. Sadly being in a resort alone at Christmas was a bit lonely though!

Sunrise from Mt. Sinai

Sunrise from Mt. Sinai, Egypt

Christmas 2010: Think it was my first UK one… sadly minus the snow.

Apple Market Christmas Baubles in Covent Garden

Apple Market Christmas Baubles in Covent Garden

I’ve definitely had some great Christmases and some I used to try to forget it was Christmas by travelling. It’s a time of year I’ve really struggled with in the past, being an expat I could never shake the lonely feeling. This year has already had it’s fair share of stresses – even outside of Christmas, then comes the joy of trying to organise get togethers around everyone’s schedules. It can be tricky, but I’m hoping it will all be worthwhile in the end. All I want for Christmas is quality time with my family and friends in my homeland.

Warm wishes from (hopefully) sunny New Zealand to all my friends around the world.

I miss you all and you’ll be in my thoughts.

Monkey Creek, near Milford Sound, New Zealand

Monkey Creek, near Milford Sound, New Zealand

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