Thursday, December 23, 2010

no place like home for the holidays

For the first time in a few years, we're not spending Christmas in multiple cities. Two years ago, we flew to San Francisco on Christmas day and spent a week there while Jordan had a job interview and some networking to do.
We loved San Francisco. We loved walking around, we loved the food, we loved the fact that we were doing all of the walking without worrying about is still a trip we think about and talk about. It was also our first Christmas away from our families. It was a little bit weird, but it almost seemed like the perfect place to be away for the first time.
Last year, we were able to spend Christmas with our families, but had to rush off to the airport on Boxing Day (that's December 26th for the Americans out there) so that we could unpack and repack so that we could get up and drive to Philadelphia on the 27th. Again, Jordan had job interviews and networking to do.
Again, it was fun. Visiting other cities while they are all "gussied up" for the holidays is cool. I feel like you get to see the city while it is trying to look its best and while everyone is on their best behaviour. I liked the fact that we always had the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" theme song running through our heads, that when we asked the doorman at the hotel where we should go running, he sent us to the Rocky steps, and we found out what scrapple tastes like. Plus, we got to eat at Morimoto and I had the best soup I've ever tasted.
 This year we get to stay in one place (well, now that we've travelled to Calgary anyway). No rushing off to multiple cities and trying to cram in as much as we possibly can. We get to spend Christmas with family and friends and try our best to just relax. So far we've already fit in lunches, Christmas shopping, and two different family events- not bad for two days. While I will miss getting to explore a new city this Christmas season, and I really do love looking at our pictures from both San Francisco and Philadelphia, I'm looking forward to starting the new year a little less exhausted.

I hope you're all able to spend time with friends, with family, and that you get some "you" time as well! 


Heather said...

You should come back perhaps.

k said...

Or perhaps you should come here for a visit? There's a real bed this time...