Austria Christmas

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Christmas at home just is special. The whole family together, catching up, relaxing, having fun.

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This year was wonderful, I loved being at home and really loved seeing my family. Unfortunately 3/4 of us became ill over Christmas, one of those horrible illnesses that drag on, mine lasted for most of my stay. But you realise quickly that none of it really matters that much as long as you are together.

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I can honestly say that despite the coughing and sniffling I absolutely loved my Christmas. I miss my family already. Roll on Easter!

Edinburgh Christmas

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It seems ages ago now, but in December Fraser and I had our traditional pre-Christmas celebration. As with every year so far we spent actual Christmas day apart and with our respective families. This being from two different countries thing can be complicated to work out at times, but we have found a solution that works for us. And this way we get to have two Christmasses, and who wouldn’t want that?

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We had decorated our flat earlier in December, I love having all that Christmassy stuff around. It makes you feel nostalgic and cosy on cold December nights.

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Our whole day was lovely, we unwrapped presents, watched Christmas films, had a lovely meal and went to the cinema. An absolutely perfect day.

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Being away from blogging

It’s a funny old thing, blogging. You are profoundly aware of the fact that what you are really doing is documenting things for yourself. Or I am at least. That was why I originally started this blog. I wanted to have a place where I would document the every day things, appreciating the little things in life, encouraging myself to take photographs and hold on to memories of just normal life.

It has been something I have immensely enjoyed and has been incredibly rewarding. I have already enjoyed looking back at slightly older posts and remembering fun times. As such, I realise there is no real need to explain why I have been away from the blog for over a month. I am not sure anyone cares, and that is of course understandable. I know people read this blog and I love getting comments, but I am under no illusion that there is anyone who really misses my blogging when it’s not around.

To put it simply, blogging is very time consuming. That is not an excuse just an explanation. I have been and will continue to be incredibly busy, but I have really missed blogging over this last month. Some lovely things have happened: Christmas with Fraser, Christmas at home with the family, coming back to Edinburgh, getting on with my coursework. So I feel I don’t need to feel guilty about having been away from blogging. It was right for a while so that I could really enjoy everything that was happening around me.

But as I have missed it, I have stayed up late tonight and finally sorted through a few photographs. What it has made me realise is that I really want to continue this blog. Not because I think this blog necessarily means anything to anyone else. But because I know that I will be grateful for it when I one day am able to look back at this time and at who I was at 25, what my life was like and what I did.

I am also aware that things are about to get even more busy as my Masters course heats up. So there may be more absences from blogging on the horizon. But sometimes distance gives us clarity. And that is what this time away from blogging has done for me. It has made me realise that even if I sometimes fail in my immediate goals, and don’t document all the many things I would like to, I should at least try. And so that is what I will do: continue to try and blog as often as my schedule allows. Because I know that in the future I will be so happy that I made the time for it.

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I am preparing and will be publishing this week my long overdue Christmas posts and then hopefully be getting back to regular blogging. If there is anyone out there reading this, I love reading any comments and hearing people’s thoughts. Aside from everything else, I feel blogs are good place to share.

Visit to the Christmas Market

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Well it’s that wonderful time of year again and last Monday Fraser and I made our way down to the Christmas Market on Princes Street. It is bigger and better than ever this year. It is not quite as cold as it has been in previous years so it was quite pleasant wandering around all the colourful little stalls.

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There was a beautiful carousel in the centre and so much to see.

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The main event for us is getting food there every year, we got some delicious sausages, Fraser got an Austrian one and I (sacrilege!) got a German one. They were yummy.

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Then we walked around and looked at all the Christmassy stuff.

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The ferris wheel really provides a lovely backdrop to the Christmas Market.

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The market did its job and put me in a sufficiently Christmassy mood.

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Last few days at home

Here is the last group of pictures from the final lovely, relaxing days at home. I couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas at home with my family. We had some beautiful frosty mornings, displaying the very best of the winter season, including the little birds pecking away at the food in the garden. All in all it was wonderful to be able to spend a few weeks together.

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The Carousel

This year my mum bought a Christmas present for the whole family for us to enjoy for years to come. A beautiful, hand crafted, traditional, miniature carousel. It really is amazing and contains so much detail and has been very nicely made. It was a lovely new addition to our Christmas.

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There are people dressed in traditional clothing dotted all around the carousel, there is so much life and character in it.

You can turn it on and the lights come on, it spins around and plays music. There are two settings, either a mixture of traditional songs, or a setting for Christmas songs. We enjoyed both!

It will be with us for many many years to come, our lovely carousel.

Merry Christmas

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Christmas at home is one of the best things in the year. This time it began with baking. LOTS of baking.

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Then of course decorating and preparing the house for Christmas.

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Then, naturally, on Christmas day there were presents and AMAZING food.

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The last few days have been wonderful. Valuable time spent with family, relaxing, eating good food, gazing out at foggy days whilst being warm and cozy indoors.

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We have had a great Christmas holiday and the most important thing was that we got to spend it together. I probably shouldn’t say this (it might sound a bit odd), but I am already looking forward to next Christmas.

Pre-celebrations

So far Fraser and I have always spent Christmas day apart. It can be very difficult but it is important to both of us to see our families at Christmas. But we have always made sure that we have our own Christmas day (or pre-Christmas) before I fly off home. And this year was no exception, we had a wonderful day together and did so many amaznig things that it felt just like the real thing.

It started the night before with presents under the tree.

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Then continued the next day with present giving, pancakes for breakfast and old Christms cartoons.

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Followed by a wintry walk and a trip to the cinema.

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Then Christmas dinner in the evening with crackers and obligatory punny jokes.

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The evening was capped off by some sparkler fun which provided us with seemingly endless entertainment.

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A perfect pre-celebration of Christmas, we really did get everything we wanted.

The Christmas Market

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On a cold, crisp December day we made our way down to the Christmas market to sample some food and delight in the festive joys. Here are some photographs of this little excursion.

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We made our way from the flat, across the Royal Mile towards the Christmas market.

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Crossing over to Newtown we were presented with some lovely views of wintry Edinburgh.

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Including the ferris wheel by the Scott Monument. IMG_5583 IMG_5585 IMG_5587

At this point we could already see the Christmas market from afar, bustling with people and with interesting stands dotted around the relatively small space.

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We stopped to buy some coffee (Choco-Vanilla) and admire some of the decorations being sold.

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Then we could not resist any longer and it was time for some truly delicious and thankfully warm food.

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After another quick wander round we were pretty much frozen and decided to stop off for some coffee and dessert to warm up a bit. Much to my delight my coffee came with a Christmas tree pattern, and Fraser’s gingerbread muffin came with a tiny gingerbread man on top.

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Then it was time to go home to the light of a beautiful sunset reflecting off the Crags.

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In summary, a great day at a truly lovely Christmas market.

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