We got back from ours on Jan 5 - just in time to see the Kings' Procession driving past our flat. The kids were SO pleased we made it back in time!
I've just been downloading our photos from the holiday and I wanted to share a couple with you and find out what you've been up to over the last couple of weeks. It seems like such a long time!
We stayed in Cádiz for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for the first time. And it was great. We had lunch with friends on the 25th and then we went to the ice-skating rink in Plaza San Antonio. Such a great idea (though I'm not so sure about the environmental impact). This is me and the kids hugging the rails at the side of the rink (none of us are expert skaters!)
We flew to the UK on Boxing Day (Dec 26). It had been REALLY cold in the few weeks leading up to Christmas. Friends and family had been telling us stories of temperatures of -12º in the middle of the day in West Wales! But luckily when we arrived it had started to get warmer. It was 0º when we landed in Leeds and there was still snow on the ground. Not much, but enough to look pretty. On our first day in snowed all morning, we had snowball fights and we walked through snowy woods to a pub on the other side of the valley. When we walked back it was dark - and just a little bit spooky.
We spent four days in Yorkshire and then we drove to my mother's house in Wales. She lives on the coast and we always go for a walk on the beach with my brother and his family. He told us stories of the snow covering the beach and the river at the end of his garden freezing over. I've only ever seen that once in my life, in 1981, when the harbour frooze and I watched the waves washing the snow away on the beach. There was no snow when we were there, but it was still very, very cold. Anna whispered sadly into my coat "I want to go home" "To your grandma's house?" I said. "No, to Cádiz!"
It was great to see everyone and we had a great time, but we were so pleased when we drove over the bridge back into Cádiz. On the morning of the 6th, after the kids had exicitedly unwrapped their presents from the Kings, we packed a picnic lunch and went down onto our beach, where the sun was shining on the silver waves. It was so good to be home :)
So, what did you get up to? I'd love to hear your holiday stories, or see your photos. Fernando, did you organise another zambombá? Paco, did you go surfing? Isabel, how's your new home in Cuidad Real? Mercedes, I know you've been blogging, but what else have you been up to? Montse, how's your new job? and the online masters course? Have you got time for it all?? Jaime, are you still following us? What's it like to be back? I'd love to hear more of your stories about Philadelphia.
Use the comments, or add a new post, whatever suits you best. I'll be back again next week with another class blog, and in the meantime I'll be keeping a close eye on my email inbox!
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Speak soon and a happy new year to all of you!