Christmastime in the UK

Hi all,

I hope this post finds you in good holiday spirits. If not… grab a cuppa (tea) and cheer up.

I’m not going to lie, it’s been awfully hard to focus on my classes when there’s so many winter activities to do in so little time. I’m used to going ice skating and Christmas shopping in Toronto, but London takes it to a whole new level.

For starters, there are lights everywhere! Some streets have more than others, especially Oxford and Regent, but no area is left untouched. This helps me cope with it being dark at 4 pm. There are also Christmas markets all over the city – I think I visited three in the span of a week and a half. Christmas markets originated in Germany, so they always smell of delicious bratwurst and mulled wine. So tempting when you’re walking in the cold! If you don’t know what a Christmas market is, don’t worry, neither did I… Basically, there are a bunch of stalls outside, all lit up, with handmade goods, food, or drinks. If you’re lucky, you’ll come across a stall with samples (and naturally, eat everything and run). I can never bring myself to walk past a Christmas market without stopping by for what I think will be “a few minutes.” If that sounds like something you’d like to see, check out the Christmas market at the Distillery District in Toronto.

I also managed to get away from the city for a weekend to see a few of my friends who are studying at Cardiff University. Cardiff is located in Wales, which is a whole other country. The city itself isn’t much different from cities in England, minus the Welsh signs. Seriously, it’s impossible to read them if you don’t speak Welsh. For example, Cardiff is Caerdydd, and city is ddinas. How does one even pronounce that?!

Anyways, I’ve been to Cardiff a few times before, and it’s always a fun time. It’s a city populated by university students, so it can get quite crazy sometimes, especially on nights out. I managed to stay out of trouble and have a good weekend. I think my highlight was going to a Christmas fair with rides and reindeer. If it wasn’t clear already, I’m obsessed with the holiday season.

We also had a delicious Sunday roast at a pub, which is perhaps one of my favourite things about the UK. Every Sunday, families and pubs prepare a carvery, containing all the foods you would have on Thanksgiving and more. I’m definitely going to miss that in Canada.

Well, I should probably start on my final essays…

Until next time,

Veronika

 

 

 

 

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