Most of my blogs are usually focused on the future and things I’ve learnt. This one’s not. The Christmas break was so long and enjoyable this year –such that I’ve not had for years and for the first time, I don’t feel that doing very little was a waste of time.
No stress, more life
Instead of a jam-packed 7-10 days, regimented to the minutest of details to ensure I met every relative, friend and appointment for their allotted time slot, still finding time for countless other activities envisioned in the previous months – I relaxed. And yet, a lot still got done. In fact, being under reduced time pressure over Christmas actually seemed to increase the activities that could be fit in.
The ‘schedule’ wasn’t rigid and I had time to ‘overrun’ activities. Nothing was missed and everything as much more enjoyable.
The first few days were spent winding down from the term. Mum gave me plenty of space and yet we still got into town to see an old friend and do all the other things we’d planned. I had lots of time to enjoy mum and Paul’s new hot tub(!) and managed to fit lots of sport in.
Christmas day was a dream. We tried the Red Lion pub for the first time on a Christmas day, meaning there was no washing up and everyone could chill. We had time to reflect on those we were missing too, but the fact we weren’t stressed too and that we were all together (seeing almost all of my family) made it easier. Finishing up in the tub with my neighbour, Ross, just topped off what couldn’t have been a better day.
They say everything has a price: well possibly. I’d somewhat heedlessly agreed to run with mum’s club on Boxing Day – a small 9 miles which turned into nearly 11! To say I didn’t enjoy running under those clear blue skies across the Lincoln Heaths though would be quite an untruth.
The best bits
The best bits of are hard to choose (the classic response to any, “how were your holidays?” question), but I really did enjoy seeing so many people over Christmas and New Year. Although I don’t remember much of New Year’s Eve after about 11:30pm, if the first part was anything to go by, I am sure it was amazing!
I even got a chance to visit friends in London. Edouard was kind enough to let me stay at his and we enjoyed a fantastic lunch out on te Saturday. I saw old friends and heard how well they were doing (felicitations encore, Kankou!) on Friday and caught up with so many others, who are also all well, happy and despite being busy, took the time to meet me.
Nothing seemed to go wrong and everything went right. Everything got done that needed to be done, but even though my targets were only reasonable, it was enough.
To say I wasn’t looking forward to coming back to campus would not be true and I am indeed glad to be back now. My first courses have been interesting and it’s been great to see everyone (nearly!) again.
Already the Golden Cage’s intensity is back, but in all the very best of ways. Irakli’s incredible Georgian food (thank you! Georgia is definitely on my list of countries I MUST visit) meant I had to break my sugar-free attempt for another day, and I’m already putting plans in place for activities in the weeks ahead. Nothing has changed and yet everything is better since we’ve been away: I’m looking forward to many a tea (thank you Rafael for the beautiful mug!) and probably a Soplicka, city trips and goodness-knows what else over the next 5 months.
Poland, whatever you have in store – I’m ready*!
*Except for perhaps the-10°C cold every day.