|This pachyderm ended the year |
being crowned Miss Elephant International
Chitwan National Park (Nepal), Dec. 29.
How did you spend Christmas this year?
[Australian based in London]: This year was my first Christmas visiting my family in Melbourne since 2005. I arrived here early Christmas morning and walked out of passport control wearing a big bow. Hahaha... For the last six years, I've fervently wished for a white Christmas in the UK. It actually came true this season — and I missed it! C'est la vie...
[Frenchwoman based in Chicago]: We stayed put in the United States. As I've written recently on my blog, I'm not a fan of returning to one's home country during the holidays.
[American based in Tokyo]: Christmas is not a holiday in Japan, so my wife and I usually work. But since December 25 was on a Saturday this year, we both had it off. In that sense, it was an unusual Christmas.
Have you tweaked your holiday celebrations at all since living abroad?
special Christmas menu from KFC, and we only rarely buy a Christmas cake.
Have you had any new insights on your adoptive land since your interview appeared on this blog?
Last but not least, have you made any news year's resolutions related to blogging and travel?
Expat Forever; and on behalf of personal writing projects. My Resolution #2 is to run, run and run — with the goal of doing the Chicago Marathon in 2011. And my Resolution #3 is to travel to Hawaii in 2011. Hmmm... I wish my husband will read this one!
Gidday From The UK will continue to chart my expatriate life no matter where it takes me.
Japan without the sugar goes: I never run out of things to complain — I mean blog — about. The most interesting trend at present is Japan's apparent moves in changing its defense posture towards China, and its move to become more involved with South Korea and the US alliance toward the DPRK. As far as travel plans, I hope to get back to the US for a visit next fall around Thanksgiving. I have been saying that for the last four years and haven't made it yet.
If you missed the interviews with these three expats, here are the links:
- "French Expat: Chicago, My Kind of Town," Questions for Véronique Martin-Place
- "Melbourne Girl Gives London a Burl, Comes up a Doozey," Questions for Kym Hamer
- "Seen the Elephant — It's Not All Sweetness and Light," Questions for David Hufford
- Jamie Stokes: "If the Shoe Fits... An Englishman's Curious Devotion to a Curious Country"
- Beth Lang: "Babar to Burkina: All for the Love of La Langue Française"
I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to New Year's Eve celebrations that include one or two pink elephants, preferably with painted toenails (see photo above). And with that thought in mind, à votre santé, cheers, kampai!