If I’m honest, however, I think we could have done better.
It is easy to get caught up in the daily adjusting and living in a new host country and because the person is absent, they kind of get overlooked.
In our family, we made a concerted effort to ensure the Grandparents visited us in our host country so they could realistically imagine us in our day-to-day lives.
For weeks, streets have been adorned with banners, shop windows filled with gift suggestions and the TV has been littered with advertising.
You’d have to live under a rock to miss the fact that Mothers’ Day was on the way! As one who has lived far away from my Mum and Mother-in-Law for a number of years, this advertisement struck a chord – what about those people who be with their Mums on Mothers’ Day?
On the topic of Mothers’ Day, we maintained our passport country’s dates for celebrating Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day, partly so we wouldn’t forget (!
) and partly to ensure yet another connection with family was maintained.
Banana stem, banana blossom, gondhoraj lemon, moringa flowers, some ten types of grasses that I had never seen before (calling them grass, will be saag once we eat them), unknown tubers, pumpkin flowers and leaves, jicama, For some reason, the most bountiful haat in whole of Delhi is in a haat that is in such a back of beyond place.
I take a space shuttle to get home, wonder how all these veggies make it here and why here!
Still, self to blame, and I felt better by the time dinner was on the table. an experience I’ll never forget (more of this very soon) and my little kickboxing Death Wish Dude passed his grading and got his orange belt.
A rather over-exuberant Christmas eve, during which we stayed up singing, dancing and drinking until 2am made for a hideously hungover Christmas morning, in which I kept having to abandon my turkey duties to revisit my breakfast (thank goodness for my Mum). plenty of snapshots to add to my collection: January was the month I gave up booze and took up healthy eating. Finally in December I was back in Florida for the launch of Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland…
I got some lovely pressies: loads of scented candles, my favourite Redken shampoo and conditioner, books, DVDs, CDs (ONE DIRECTION, oh yes I did), and a pasta machine from my Mum. I’ve learned a lot this year too (proving that you’re never too old). I’ve continued to believe that you should really try not to judge other people.
Oh, there was stuff as well, there’s no doubt, but my year was full of amazing experiences.. In February, I got together with my wonderful friends for , something that’s changed my life forever.
Okay, I think I am getting into the food walk space. Yesterday, I wrote about the cupcakes and then we got these spices.