Home for Christmas
Happy new year! I hope you all had a great holiday filled with nice food and good company.
For today's blog entry, I want to tell you all about what I did during this holiday period!
As you may be aware, I spent my Christmas and New Year in the UK! I was only there for ten days, but I managed to pack a lot of activities into this short time.
When I got back to Manchester, my hometown, I was really happy to see my family again - including my dog Nedd who I'd missed the most out of everyone! I was worried that Nedd wouldn't remember me because I'd been away for over a year. But it turned out that he remembered me well! He was very excited when I came through the door, and he gave me lots of cuddles.
My first few days in Manchester were filled with Christmas parties and Christmas food! Because my family is big, I have multiple Christmas dinners with different family members. I ate Christmas dinner continuously for three days, and was able to meet all of my grandparents and most of my aunts, uncles, and cousins. I really enjoyed being able to eat traditional British Christmas food like mince pies, Christmas pudding, and roasted vegetables while listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas TV.
After my three days of Christmas dinners, it was time to meet my friends! I had brunch and went sales shopping with a few of my old choir friends in Manchester on the 28th. It was important for me to eat brunch (a cross between breakfast and lunch) because in Japan I've never found a café which sells good brunch food. After that, on the 29th, I visited my university friends in London, where I stayed overnight. It was great to see London during the festive period, because the Christmas decorations make it especially beautiful. I went to various locations in the city centre, including Kings Cross, Southbank, Soho, and Covent Garden/Seven Dials. My decorations highlight was definitely in Soho, where there were Queen (the band) themed lights. I had a great dinner with my friends, and did some shopping. Then, the morning after, I had brunch again!
After my trip to London, I realised that time had flown by and it was already December 31st. For new years eve (which is typically celebrated more than new years day in the UK) I went out with my friends in Manchester again. At around 9pm we went to an interesting bar/club in the city centre which is inside an old Synagogue. There I met some acquaintances and was able to chat, drink, and have fun with my friends until the clock struck twelve.
On new years day, my final day in the UK, I relaxed with my family, went on a nice walk with my dog, and had dinner with my grandparents. It was a calm end to my time in the UK.
I'd love to hear about what you did over the holiday period too, so please let me know when we meet next! From now on, I'm going to have to eat healthily, because unlike Japanese Osechi British Christmas dinner is not very healthy, and I ate a lot!
All the best for the year to come,