I’m back in the travel link up! I have taken a hiatus, not for any reason other than I’ve been a bit lazy! But I’m back and here to share how I celebrate Christmas. Having spent Christmas day in Thailand, Egypt, Tanzania, Jersey and Germany it’s safe to say I like to travel and be somewhere exotic for it. Being an expat around Christmas is always a bit odd, everyone is busy buying gifts for family, thinking of what their Christmas dinner is going to be and heading off to celebrate with their families. But I’ve never been much of a conformist so I like to spend my Christmas’s all over the world.
Christmas in Thailand
I first left home in Auckland in 2007 and spent a year abroad in Thailand teaching at a British school, this is where I experienced my first Christmas away and since then I haven’t really looked back. It was like no Christmas I’ve ever experienced and probably won’t ever again, I partied all night and well into the morning at a Full Moon Party! If you have never been to a full moon party I’ll sum it up in a few words and phrases
and one hell of a hangover in a hammock
Christmas in Egypt
Walking like an Egyptian on Christmas day in Luxor was such a fun experience, I feel so lucky to have travelled through Egypt before all the recent unrest as it is such a fantastic country filled with more history than you can imagine. How many people can say they visited Tutankhamen’s tomb on Christmas Day? Well I can and I’m pretty proud of that. I spent Christmas Day walking around the Valley of the Kings before laying by the pool at a hotel on the banks of the Nile and having a big old party in the evening.
Christmas in Tanzania
Going on safari is amazing but being able to wake up on Christmas Day, step out of your tent (and avoid the buffalo poo) and look out to the Ngorongoro Crater. Breakfast was a simple toast and baked beans, we watched the sunrise over the crater but what followed was a game drive through a UNESCO world heritage site where we spotted rhino, lions, elephants and hyenas. After our game drive we headed back to camp where we celebrated Christmas with a big spit roast.
Christmas in Jersey
Jersey is a beautiful island just off the coast of France and it is where I spent Christmas one year with family. There is a Christmas tradition on Jersey and that is you jump off the pier into the freezing cold water, I didn’t partake but I did watch all the crazies doing it. After the pier jumping it was straight to the hot tub to enjoy bubbles and in Dan’s case a cigar. Christmas was pretty traditional that year, a big old turkey, Christmas hats and lots of wine.
Christmas in Germany
Since moving to London I’ve always wanted to visit the German Christmas markets and they did not disappoint. I visited Cologne first before spending Christmas Day in Hamburg with friends. Christmas Day was spent very hungover but we still managed to get into the spirit by playing games, drinking, eating and exchanging gifts with the gift swap game. The Germans sure do know how to celebrate Christmas, the gluwein, sausages and silly music made it a memorable Christmas.
Christmas in New York
This year I get to spend Christmas in New York, how lucky can one girl be? We have been asked to house sit an apartment in Manhattan for two whole weeks and I literally cannot wait! Isn’t it every kids dream to go to New York at Christmas after seeing Home Alone 2? There are so many Christmas movies set in New York and I intend to visit every single Christmas related thing whilst I am there. Ice skating in Central Park, the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre, shopping, shopping and more shopping. If you have any New York Christmas related activities send them my way!
I’ll let you in on a little secret, next year I get to spend Christmas back home in New Zealand and I literally can’t wait to have a kiwi Christmas!
Where is the best place you have celebrated Christmas?
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