It’s official.. I am a Grinch

I still remember my very first christmas here in Mexico, it was pretty significant as it was my first christmas away from home and away from my family and I have to admit that it didn’t really bother me. I spent the entire day on the beach lapping up the free cocktails and soaking up every ray of sunshine that I could… Those were the days…

I have to admit though that as the years have gone by (this year will be my 8th christmas away from home) Christmas has started to feel less and less festive. Maybe because I grew up celebrating christmas with the huge tree and the ENORMOUS pile of presents all delicately wrapped and placed under the tree while I was sleeping, maybe because I am used to spending Christmas day in my (almost always new) pijamas, crashed out in from of the TV stuffing my face with all the Christmas chocolates that my grandmother insisted on buying or maybe it’s just because I can’t get my head around celebrating away from my family.

When you tell people you will be spending Christmas in the Caribbean you always lots of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and the oh-so-common ‘you’re so lucky’ but I am really lucky? Would you honestly give up spending the festive period with your family and loved ones for a few rays of sunshine?

I have to admit that last year my boyfriend did attempt to snap me out of my full on grinch mode by making me put up a tree, cue lots of complaining on my behalf about how it was a waste of time and that the dogs were going to eat it BUT it was there and it did add a certain amount of festivity to the house and made for very pretty christmas photos; well it did until the dogs made it come crashing down on Christmas day!

My tree in all it's glory!

My tree in all it’s glory!

The custom Xmas photo

So as we approach the festive month of the year, I’ll be putting on that HUGE festive smile that I have to wear at work and wishing everyone Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas on the beach whilst secretly wishing that I was on a plane flying home to the arctic temperatures of London to spend Christmas with my family!

V is for Vacation

va·ca·tion –

noun
1. a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest,
recreation, or travel;recess or holiday
One of the most common questions I receive from people that are here in Mexico on vacation is Where do I go on vacation? Living in a vacation paradise I understand their point as they travel hundreds or even thousands of miles to where I live in order to pass their vacations.
Whenever I get a decent amount of vacation time off from work, and when I say decent I mean at least a few weeks, the only place that I ever go is home. Home being London, England.
It’s kind of ironic that I live by the beach in a tropical caribbean country and choose to spend my only vacations in a cold country BUT that is home to me and it’s is actually a nice break from the heat. It also means I get the time to see my family and friends, who I miss so much all the time when I am here. I love being at home when I am there but it still makes me realize that I made the right decision in coming to live in Mexico.

K is for Keeping in Touch

When I left the UK, it was a huge deal. Of course I had a huge going away party with all my bestest and closest friends. We spent the whole night promising to keep in touch, swearing that the thousands of miles between us wouldn’t change anything!

Of course things don’t always go as planned. I mean these days it is much easier to keep in touch thanks to Facebook and Smartphones but when you take in to account the time differences and generally being on different sides of the world it just really isn’t as easy as it seems

I think it is safe to say that out of my entire group of friends there is really only one that I have kept in constant touch with throughout the years and regardless of how much time passes without speaking to her or seeing her, we can talk as if nothing. This is the same girl that I’ve known since we were in nursery school together, the girl that was my sworn enemy throughout my childhood and ended up being my best friend throughout my teenage years and into adulthood. Things of course are very different now, we have completely different priorities.. I live in Mexico by the beach with 7 dogs, she’s a married English teacher with an 18 month old son but when we get together we are the same two girls we always have been.

Keeping in touch is hard but it isn’t impossible and it is safe to say that as time goes on it really shows you the people that are meant to stay in your life!

The Nursery Years

Just us!

Her Wedding Day 2010