If some of you remember then last year I was traveling a lot in December so I got to see a lot of different Christmas trees around the world. I can say that this year hasn’t been so much different. I have traveled a bit less but I’ve seen a lot of different trees.
I’ll start with my favorite. It’s actually from my home town – Rakvere. Few years back they started having innovative Christmas trees. First year it was built from wooden planks, last year from glass boxes and this year from metal and with gears running around. Although locals have been making so much drama about the trees then I think it is wonderful to have such trees in my little home town.
I traveled in the end of November so I got to see some Christmas spirit in Zagreb, Croatia and Amsterdam, Netherlands. The tree in the main square of Zagreb is huge! They just started the big Christmas Market when I was there. As it was raining then I don’t have good pictures of it and it was also late so the best huts were already closed or at closing process. Also I really like the small tree in their airport! I just had to take a picture!
The Christmas celebration in Amsterdam started in early December so I didn’t get to see the amazing tree there. But instead of that at least they had some really nice lights already out and I just loved them!
Another tree is obviously my city – Tartu! It is always amazing! I just love it!
And for the end will be my humble tree that we have at my parent’s place. It is nothing special, it’s plastic and actually already 18 years old. So it is just so dear to us and it is the only Christmas feeling I know I can count on every year. As my Christmas spirit was choked by working in a public place which means having to be in the Christmas decorations every day plus in the end listen to Christmas music for 2 weeks straight. And to top it all up then there was no snow this year for Christmas so only decorating our Christmas tree was the little spirit I had for the whole holidays.
Can’t wait to see what tree I can collect the next holidays!
Oh wow.. I really didn’t have any motivation to continue my summer story but don’t worry, it will be finished! I am writing everything in advance to automatically post them after every few days.
So as I got to spend July 4th in America again then obviously I needed to celebrate it! A day before the actual big day we went shooting in the desert with some friends. Never forget ear plugs! We did and I am not used to so heavy sounds, so I got ringing in my ears even the next day.
So we were shooting some different shotguns and in the end regulars guns. Honestly, I have no idea about what kind of guns they actually are. It was just my second time shooting actual guns. But as it hurt my ears a lot then in the end I was just throwing clay targets.
As we had regular gun with us and we had some full water bottles left then we took turns to shoot them. I tried also and I hit half of the shots I had which I am really proud of. Same time our friends had a really hard time to hit anything. They are really shotgun people.
Also one of those free days we went to the Scenic Drive. The city is a lot different in the summer. The city is in the desert but it had quite a lot of artificial greenery. I just love driving around and seeing the city. Even more going on top of the mountain and seeing the whole city. Right now being away I really miss seeing mountains everywhere!
Christmas time was really calm. As I am used to my Christmas traditions on the 24th then it was weird to be somewhere else and not do the usual things. At least on Christmas Eve morning when it was already evening in Estonia I Skyped with my family. They even put me on big TV and before I had to go then we took a family photo, everybody around the TV. Funny but cool.
And then we went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Before this vacation I hadn’t seen any of the episodes, so before the new movie I watched 4-6 to be on track of the things. The evening we spent with his family and played board games. How I’ve missed playing board games… And on the next day we tried to make our own gingerbread cookies and hot wine. Just so I could get a bit of Christmas from home. But we didn’t drink the wine at all because Stephen got sick and that’s where the most of Christmas went.
When he got a bit better then we went to see the neighborhood that has a lot of Christmas lights out. It was my dream to see it. I’ve always seen it in the movies. As El Paso is not so huge and is more Mexican then it wasn’t so big as in the movies but still something you don’t usually see in Estonia. And it was perfect as it had snowed before and really made me feel like winter finally.
After that we thought to go and see the city in lights as I hadn’t seen it yet in full dark. But as it snowed a day before then the road up to the hill was closed for driving. We left the car and walked up there. It was freezing and windy, but the view is still amazing! I really like El Paso!
On the last day of 2015 while we were walking Sophie(one of the dogs) then we saw a beautiful sunset. And later in the evening went to church as his older brother was in the play they had. I’ve never been to any services and I am not religious, so it was interested to see how they are here. And it also turned out to be all in Spanish. Thank god I know a little bit of it now. If you ever have a chance then just for the experience I recommend to go and see. Services are different, so I describing mine wouldn’t be correct. It has to be experienced yourself.
For New Years we went to little park/viewpoint on the way to Scenic Drive. But as fireworks are banned in the city area then we only saw far away ones from Mexico. And it was incredibly windy. After first fast food meal we went to meet up our friend Jose who was also in Estonia in the spring semester. It was weird to see him there but good to remember all those great times we all had together.
Because of my traveling I get to see a lot of different places during holiday season. I am so glad to have this opportunity to travel so much right now and experience holidays all around the world. Especially to be in America for this time. It has always been my dream to see Christmas here and even though it is semi-american in El Paso then I just love those lights however over-exaggerated they are.