Monday, 30 December 2013
Thursday, 26 December 2013
So I hope you have all recovered from your respective food comas after all the festivities! As I said in an earlier post, we celebrated on the 24th with a little party at a friend's house and then unwrapped our gifts in the evening. So on actual Christmas Day we joined some British friends for picnic on the beach. We brought seasonal veggies and grilled some chicken and beef, out friends brought left over turkey and THE best homemade mince pies that I have EVER eaten.
The weather in Oman has been surprisingly chilly! Nothing to compare with the UK/US of course but it was another excuse for my to bring our my Home Alone Christmas jumper and tartan scarf out in the evening. Once the sun set we all sat around eating traditional arabic sweets, drinking wine and gin. It was all lovely and relaxed and very low key. I get the feeling that Christmases in Europe seem hectic and stressful sometimes. I think I'm just spoilt here.
How did you guys celebrate Christmas? I hope you had a great time!
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Friday, 20 December 2013
To my great shame since I arrived here on Sunday morning I've only really left the house on three occasions. The amount of work I have to do for my MSc is pretty intense so my Christmas break isn't really a break after all. Saying this today, armed with some questionable literature, suncream and my ancient iPod I hit the beach. It was all about leaving the work at home and just having an afternoon of snoozing under the Arabian sun and enjoying the warmth.
I've been going to this beach since I was five years old, it's got a very special place in my heart. I've said it before but coming back to Oman fills me with peace and calm. I spent some of the happiest years of my life here and have such great memories. This is in all likelihood my last time in Oman. I won't be able to come back in April because of my university work load and my parents are moving. I'm trying not to think of it as goodbye, and just enjoy the time I have left here and remember how blessed I am to have spent 15 years of my life living here.
I hope you have all been keeping warm in your respective countries, in Oman what we lack in festive decorations and christmas lights we make up in sun. Not sure if I'm complaining.