Month eight, or really, December was really special. Not only was it Christmas but my mom and stepdad came for a week long visit! Having someone from home visit after eight months, was beyond comforting and amazing! This also happened to be my busiest month yet, which means most of it was quite the blur.
As you already know from my Christmas in London post, there were many Christmas themed events this year. These events occupied most of my December, including building a ginerbread house with my flatmate, (which also included making eggnong from scratch so she could experience its amazingness :P) and attending my first ballet with Michelle! The ballet was Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, and it was incredible. I want to see more ballets after realizing how much I enjoyed this one. In the midst of the month, Michelle and I joined a few others and went on a short getaway to Brugge, which you will hear about in a later post.
Work was also filled with some Christmas cheer. Like attending a very fancy Christmas party in Guildhall in early December, or a wonderful and memorable gift exchange lunch before the holidays.
Then I had a week holiday that I spent with mom and Pat, showing them my life here in London while we also had some adventures of our own. We explored Windsor Castle, Christmas shopped on Oxford Street, took a walking tour of all the sights (guided by me :P), saw Mamma Mia! and Phantom of the Opera, pub hopped around York (and eating the biggest Yorkshire pudding I have ever seen), celebrated Christmas Eve in Winter Wonderland by going on scary rides, listening to live music by a fire, and enjoying a drink or two on a carousal bar. We incorporated as many at home Christmas traditions as we could in the hotel, had a delicious Christmas lunch at The Punch Tavern, then finally took a spin on the London Eye and saw the fishes at Sea Life!
All in all it was a busy busy week, with never a dull moment. But it so so much fun, and I am glad I was able to share my life over here with them. From riding the tube, eating ALL the food, experiencing the culture and fighting through the crowds. They now understand my love and hate relationship with this beautiful disaster of a city.
Then the month ended with a chill New Years Eve with some friends, snacks, bubbly and watching the epic fireworks on a big tv screen and comfy couch!
My eighth month here was a whirlwind. It was such a wonderful month though, one that I will not forget! However, because it was so busy, I have been taking the past few days to recuperate from it. Now I feel ready to take on Month Nine!
Now it is already a new year. I can hardly believe how quickly 2015 went by, and what a year that was. I already know that 2016 is going to be an incredible year with so many something more than planned moments, and I intend to embrace every one of them. Happy New Year everyone!
– xoxo Veronica