Holidays of Christmas Past

Hey guys!

As I’m sure you know by now, travelling is probably one of my favourite things to do, and I’m lucky enough to have a family who loves to travel on holidays. So I thought I would dedicate Blogmas Day 8 to the winter holidays we have spent aboard.

My family seems to love cold countries. I mean we live in England for a start. But last year, we decided to go to Helsinki, Finland for the holidays. It was great, and I really did enjoy it. I personally prefer cold weather, and it also snowed when we were in Helsinki, and I am a massive fan of snow so that was a perfect combination! We also spent one of the days in Estonia because we could get a ferry to the capital and to be honest, I think the day in Estonia was the highlight of the whole Finland trip (even though we went to a different country…)

A couple of years ago we went to Iceland, which was probably one of my favourite places to visit just because it’s so different. We went there for New Years, and there were fireworks going off around the Cathedral, and people brought their own fireworks with them and it was absolutely crazy, but it was amazing. Again, when we arrived it had snowed but by the time we left the snow had pretty much gone. If you ever get the chance to visit Iceland, I would so recommend it. We went to the Blue Lagoon (which is a very touristy area, and according to the locals, it is only tourists who go there) and we also went Quad Biking in the snow and it was so much fun, and we went in these caves… I would definitely go back if I could.

The third holiday I want to talk about is the one that is also known as “The One Where Everything Went Wrong”. But it was memorable all the same. We went on a trip to the Basque Country, which, for those of you who don’t know, is situated in the North of Spain/South of France area. We went on a road trip, so we took the car on the ferry, and drove around to all these different towns and cities, including Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona, and Biarritz. We were heading from Bilbao to San Sebastian on the morning of Christmas Eve, and luckily we went to the supermarket before we left and loaded up on chocolates and crisps. Little did we know that this would come in handy that evening…

We got to the hotel in San Sebastian, settled down, and when we were looking for somewhere to eat, there was literally no where open, and if they were open, they were fully booked. So after hours of walking around, we decided to come back to the hotel and eat all of the chocolates and sweets. That was our Christmas Meal.

The same thing happened again on New Year.

So many other things went wrong on that holiday, including the fact that we managed to damage the clutch in the car, and when we got to the next hotel it absolutely stank of burnt clutch. It wasn’t a great time… 

So those are some of my most memorable holidays over Christmas/New Year. What are some of yours?

-The Storyteller


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