Thursday, December 29, 2011

They say only fools rush in...

And girls named Izy. Or maybe just me. I've realised it's how I roll. I rush in, feet first. But I'm twenty three, and that's what I want to do for now. I've been a bad blogger, I've let things slide a bit. It's funny that I managed to keep on top of things better when I was busy traveling every day. There's only a few days until the New Year and we can have a clean slate.

So, I had my first Czech Christmas and honestly - it may be my last. I'm a bit iffy about seafood at the best of times, and well, carp aren't really seafood. They're pond food and I use the word "food" loosely in this context. Christmas here is a bit different - people fast until dinner time. So, imagine my shock when I got up at 24th after 8 hours sleeping and lusting about breakfast time, only to be told that "we fast until dinner, but you're welcome to eat". Of course, I insisted on having a "real Czceh Christmas" and was intrigued by this mysterious Golden Pig that I might see if I refrain from eating. Well, I wonder if they fast in order to make the carp soup and carp steak more appealing? I'll never know. Dinner was simple - it could have been any other day if it wasn't the last minute cookies that appeared - thank you Sugar Gods.

We stayed up fairly late - until 1am playing card games in Czech (patting myself on the back for this one). It was a nice day, but it didn't really feel like Christmas. I'd dubbed the 25th as my Christmas and hoped that the snow would come - and it did, in little puffs. It was hardly the white Christmas I'd hoped for, but it was white and there was snow - so we can tick that one off the list.

Boxing day was a real treat - I caught up with a friend I hadn't seen for years. A NZ friend. She bought me the cutest (and most delicious) gingerbread for Christmas. It. Was. Delicious. Nyum Nyummmmm!

Anddddddd! I'm off to Budapest on Friday, for New Years. Randomly. It was supposed to be Amsterdam for New Years, but I have a feeling that Budapest is going to be just wonderful.

I'm so ready for 2012. This year's been incredible, but it has been the most heartbreaking and painful year of my life. When the clock ticks over I'll breathe a sigh of relief - I made it, and I did the absolute best I could for myself, and my family - and I don't think that's any small feat.


Celia said...

Last paragraph - very true. Proud of you x

ps; FINALLY an update. Been holding out.

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