18 August 2011

Home for the holidays

The tickets are booked! This December we will be jetting off (yes, I get the window seat) to South Africa for my FIRST trip back home after living in New York for 3 years. Add that onto the 3 and a half years I lived in the UK, tack on a 6 month stint in Maine, USA and that equals a whole 7 Christmas's celebrated away from my family. SEVEN!

Both my sister and I were married in the last 12 months so I am naming this Christmas the "Year of the Son-in-laws!" and with the added seats at the dinner table, it will definitely be a memorable one. 
This is Mike's first trip to South Africa and I am just so excited to show him the family home that I grew up in (even my old bedroom which is still stuck in its awkward teenage phase), my teeny tiny hometown, the Indian Ocean, African Wildlife, and for him to experience my culture for a change. 

I will be counting down everyone of the 120 days until its time for us to make that 16hr flight (HELLO jet lag!) And will probably start packing my bags way to early in anticipation.
I can't wait to see my family and I have a feeling that this is going to be The best Christmas Ever.


  1. aw, that is so exciting! 7 christmases? that is soooo very many.. this one will definitely be 7x as awesome than :)

    that is a crazy long flight. if i ever make it to sa i think i'll have to get there in 3 or 4 flights.. take some breaks somewhere haha

  2. Wow, I'm sure you'll both have a great time! My boyfriend's family lives in South Africa. I've never been there myself, but I hope to visit one day :) The flight doesn't sound awesome, though.

  3. How wonderful! This will be a great Christmas for you!


  4. i have friends who just came back from SA- they are in the peace core and its like a 23 hours flight from my time zone.. :) so far!

  5. yay for holiday vacations!! i love having things to look forward too :)

  6. Exciting!! I love the name of your tree, ha!

  7. YAY - how exciting that you will be coming back after so long away from your family!! So much will have changed ;)