And 2 weeks until Vietnam
09.12.2006 5 °C
Well its December 9th, so of course, Xmas party season has begun. Our first will be in about 2 hours, when we are going round to Nicky's to decorate her tree and have mulled wine before going to the foreigner's pub quiz. I am already listening to Xmas music and I have put up my tree. You know me - I love xmas and I have to put up my decorations as soon as I can afford to in December.
It is a bit strange though, knowing that I won't be home for xmas. I have spent xmas away from my family before, but that was when I was when I was in a relationship and staying with my partner's family. So it was still a family xmas. But I have never spent xmas on the other side of the world before. I think everyone's feeling quite homesick, thinking about their families and a traditional xmas. This is the main reason why so many of us have arranged to go on holiday for the week, so we can distract ourselves and kind of pretend xmas isn't really happening. I will be in Ho Chi Minh, where I plan a day of drinking and decadence in 30 degree heat.
Anyway, because we're away for xmas, we're planning lots of xmassy things to do for the next 2 weeks. We're having a xmas party, with the closest thing we can manage to a xmas dinner, and probably some secret santa gifts. We're also having a work xmas night out, where we're all going bowling and doing another secret santa. Unfortunately, work nights out can never be spontaneous in anyway, and we have already been allocated bowling partners, foreign staff with korean staff. So instead of being on a team with my friends, I am on a team with a male member of the Korean staff, that I do not really get on with, and who has a fairly low level of english. I'm not particularly looking forward to that part of the night now. At least I was lucky in who i got in the secret santa. If I had got one of the the Korean men for that, I wouldn't have a clue what to get them.
I'm listening to 'White Christmas' and I cannot wait for it to snow here. But I keep hearing conflicting stories about whether it snows properly here or not. It certainly gets cold enough, but I've been told that it doesn't settle for long in the city. I'll probably have to go to one of the national parks to see proper snow.