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Friday, 28 December 2018

I have now celebrated my third Christmas here in Peru:

From my sons Christmas celebration at his school.
Hello, again my friends here on the intraweb. I have to say wow, is it really Friday again? This time around it is the very last Friday of 2018. It is both scary and amazing how time flies. To be honest, it does not feel like a year has passed since we welcomed the new year of 2018, but the calendar to tell me something else. Anyway, since it is Friday it means that it is time for another post here on Beyond the Horizon. Today I want to focus on a more personal topic for today's post. Because today I want to share with you guys my very own Christmas experience for this year. Just to have it said, this years celebration went over all expectations and in a different league than last year. So I have so much to be grateful for.

Yes, my friends, you are reading correctly. This year's celebration has been a success in so many ways. To be completely honest with you, then I have to say that I can not remember a year with a better celebration. I am not even going to compare it with the 2017 version of it, because they are many leagues apart. So what have I been up to this Christmas? Well for me it started on Friday the 21st when we left for my in-law's house that is in Pasamayo or Chacra Y Mar as it also known as. Yes, you read correctly, I have been spending the holidays with my girlfriends family and it has been a success in my book. I had a really great time, especially on the evening itself. I am the type of guy that likes the big family happenings.
The kids at the beach in Chacra Y Mar.
So what have I done so far this Christmas? Well, as mentioned it all started on the 21st when we headed towards Pasamayo. On the day after it was time for my niece's end of school party and I had the honour of being her “date” for the day. If I am not mistaken its called something like prom in the United States, but without having a proper date with a boy from the school. Instead of either the father or godfather gets the great honour of following her through all the different ceremonies of the night, from the giving of a candle. Where the student gives the family member the candle. To dance with her or him for that matter to honour her special day. To be honest, I stink when it comes to dancing and naturally, I spent most of the Saturday being overly nervous. Didn't want to mess things up on her big day.

On Sunday we (my girlfriend, our son and me) went to Huaral for a family day trip. This one was my idea and wish for the holidays. I haven't been back to Huaral since very early January and have wanted to go back for some time now. We even went back to visit our old landlord and while being there we kinda decided that we should move back. We will be moving back to the same building, but not the same apartment. The apartment that we got is smaller than the old one but way bigger than the one we currently are living in. Not to forget way cheaper in every way possible, if you ignore things like water and light that is. Because things like that have more or less the same price no matter where you live.
At my nieces end of the school party.
The “apartment” that we live in right now is pretty much one room, but the one that we are moving into on the new year has 4 rooms in total. So it won't come as a big surprise that I am looking forward to getting some more elbow space, even more, space for my office. The only negative aspects of the new place are that there is no warm water, but that is something one can get used to. Because it's not like I am showering in super hot water now anyway. It's not like I dislike living here in Lima and that's the reason for us moving back, its just the financial side and that I miss my beloved Huaral. I just can't explain my love affair with Huaral. So after visiting the old landlord, we went for a tasty lunch, we had grilled chicken with fries and all of that good stuff.

On Monday the 24th or the big day itself, yes we celebrate the 24th. I know that especially in the U.S the 25th is the big day, but not here and it's not what I am used to from Norway either. On the big day, it was all about family time, good food and gifts for the kids in the house, plus something extra good to drink for all us grown-ups. No, I did not get drunk, far from it actually. My mother-in-law prepared an amazing meal for us containing roasted pork, roasted chicken and roasted turkey with salad and rice. To be completely honest, it was the best meal I have had in a very long time. After this amazing dinner, the kids were allowed to open their gifts and us adults could start enjoying our drinks. On top of it, we had some fireworks to put the final touches on the celebration.
Lets call this a family moment.
Sometimes early morning on Christmas day we went to bed and a few hours later it was time to wake up to a more relaxing day. For me, it meant trying to get some work done, both here on my blog and on my “day” job. Thanks to unstable internet that became a lot harder than I had expected, but despite that, The weird part is that I wasn't drunk when I went to bed, but I actually woke up hung over. I didn't really have that much to drink either, but maybe it is because I am not used to alcohol anymore? While I did my very best to get some work done, the rest of the house went to the beach. The same beach that you see in the top photo of this post and yes the beach is that close to the house. This is one of the reasons why I love staying in Pasamayo as much as I actually do. It's so peaceful and close to the ocean.

On the second day of Christmas, it was time for us to return home to Lima and halfway back I got the regret of even thinking about going on this trip to Pasamayo because we got stuck in some really horrible traffic. When I say bad, I really do mean it. I have gotten used to traffic jams and stuff like that, but this time it was really crazy. Do not think I am wrong if I say that we spent 2 hours in one long “rush hour” from the outskirt of the city and to the bus terminal. In the end, I was hungry, thirsty and close to dying for a quick cigarette. I know that I might come off as extremely negative right now, but that bus ride back home was horrible in so many ways and all I really wanted was to get back to my babies (my two cats) that had been home alone for a few days. Yes, I was worried about them.
The view from my "office" in Chacra Y Mar.
It's not like I left my babies home all alone, but there was a person that was supposed to be checking in on them and this seems to not have happened at all. I got this feeling much earlier, but I couldn't go home. So on my way back to Lima, I was in a hurry to get back to my babies. Trust me, I didn't like the sight that met me. Gompina and Gompen were good, but wow what a mess they had made. Both of them went crazy when they saw me, especially Gompen. He has had problems with leaving my side ever since. Yes, Gompen has returned to our little family, but this is something that I will get back to in a later post. Just not gotten around to write an update on the cat situation in this family.

Now that I am back home I have the pleasure of looking back on what I will call a successful celebration, as mentioned it has been the best in years. First of all, I had my own family around me, we had some amazing food, the kids got some really nice gifts and us adults got our needed party. None of us got drunk or anything, but it was nice to sit back, relax and enjoy the moment. When it comes to a holiday like this I do not demand much, the most important ingredients for me are good food, something good to drink and my family around me. This year I got all these ingredients for my own celebration and that makes me both feel happy and good because isn't this what Christmas really is about?
A family selfie, sorry for the bad quality
When it comes to how I am going to celebrate New Year's Eve, I am not sure yet. I have not made any plans as of writing this post. As I see it I have to options. 1. I can stay home in San Miguel working or catching up on lost hours while I was away for Christmas. 2. I can go to Pasamayo and welcome 2019 while partying like a crazy man. To be honest, right now option 1 feels more natural since we are moving in the new year, from Lima and back to Huaral, something that costs a nice sum of money. Both options are very tempting, but since the first option will give me more peace of mind it will be the most likely candidate. Do not misunderstand me, I would love to go to Pasamayo and have fun, but as mentioned I have not made up my mind just yet.

Well, my friends, this post got a lot longer than planned. Originally the plan was just to update you guys on how my Christmas has been and nothing more. Instead, you have gotten a pretty detailed story from me this time. I hope it isn't too personal and if you enjoyed it, maybe this is something I can do more often? Anyway, thank you for stopping by and giving my blog some love. I also hope you enjoyed what you find and that you will come back for a later post. So while you are here, why not check me out on Twitter (Beyond the Horizon), on Facebook (Beyond the Horizon) on Youtube (Beyond the Horizon 2.0). When it comes to my Youtube channel, this is something that I am working on, so there is no content there right now, but I do hope to see you there as well.