I can hardly believe that it’s Christmas THIS WEEK! I’ve held out for long enough, so for the whole week, everything on Starry-Eyed Travels is going to be festive, merry and oh-so-Christmassy! To get us started, there are Christmas conversations with Starry-Eyed Travellers: today we’re hearing from the writers who have contributed this year; tomorrow it’s the turn of the regular readers, people who have unfailingly supported Starry-Eyed Travels. And, of course, you. Feel free to jump in and add your Christmas wishes, plans and thoughts anytime you like. So, get the carols playing, put on your Santa hat and enjoy the Christmas goodies we have in store!
Ruth:the expat Brit roaming across Asia from her South Korean base. She took us to Beijing in the calm before Chinese New Year
Becky: the sparkling, happy Welsh lass. She wrote about her adventures Down Under.
Jo: our Africa expert, currently living in Copenhagen. She related her memories of Mozambique.
Q: What was your best travel moment this year?
…Because they like to show off just what a well-travelled bunch they are!
Ruth: This year has been a very adventurous one for me, so picking one moment is extremely difficult. My entire summer travelling from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok was fantastic, but the stand out day for me was cycling around the temples of Angkor Wat. It was great to be on the bikes, slowly making my way around the different sites, taking in the ethereal beauty of Ta Prohm, finding places away from the other tourists and remembering how amazing the existence of those magnificent structures really is.
Becky: My best travel moment this year was in a traditional Irish pub in Dublin where the live music within made the tiles on the roof tops dance. The pub was a musical instrument shop and so couldn’t be deciphered as a pub from the outside. Inside, musicians from around the world (people who had never met before) were congregating and making the most beautiful and electrical music together; such raw and true talent I have never before experienced. I’ll never forget the energy of that night.
Q: Where do you hope to go next year?
Their plans are certainly diverse and ambitious!
Becky: We have a city trip to Edinburgh planned and lots more UK based camping trips. I can’t wait to get my walking boots on and delve into the mountains.
Ruth: I hope, one day soon to get to Tibet, and I would love to return home in the summer overland from Russia after taking the Trans-Siberian train. But I’ve actually got two trips planned already for next year; Thailand and Bali, so I’m concentrated on those trips at the moment.
Q: What simple pleasure are you looking forward to at Christmas?
Give our girls family, friends and the odd After Eight and they’re happy!
Ruth: This Christmas, abroad, I’m looking forward to spending the day with good friends, my make-shift family away from home. Making our own unique Christmas memories, and hearing about how they celebrate Christmas where my friends are from (South Africa, USA, Canada, Korea) sharing the things I miss and the anticipation of how special it will be when I am next able to do those simple Christmas things (decorate a tree, eat a mince pie, secretly open the box of After Eights my dad’s saving for Christmas day, see the lights of Oxford St)
Ruth:In Hannam City, just outside Seoul, South Korea.
So those in a cold climate want hot, and the one in the hot climate wants cold. The grass is always greener!
Anika: England, be nice to celebrate Christmas with my Grandma and Aunty, Uncle and Cousin
Christmas Quick-Fire Questions
Fine Dining or Home Cooking? Unanimous vote for: Home Cooking
Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? They’re all fans of: Christmas Day
Family or Friends? Anika and Ruth said Family, Rebecca and Jo can’t choose!
So that’s it from the writers, but pop back tomorrow to see what the fans of Starry-Eyed Travels have to say!
What about you? Where will you be this Christmas? Where would you like to be? And where do you hope to go on your travels next year?