Saturday, 4 January 2020

Been enjoying the holidays with family and friends

For me, Christmas is a family holiday where the focus lay on the somewhat cliche of spending true quality time together. What I am thinking about when saying quality time is things like just spending a good amount of time together playing games, eating good food, watching a good movie, go out or just have a lot of fun together. With other words, maintaining the family dynamic and that is extremely important to me since I am a typical family guy. Days like these get extra important when you keep in mind that I do work a lot, usually between 12 and 14 hours day. So this Christmas it was important for me to spend as much time with my loved ones as possible and I do feel we kinda succeeded with this.

The sad part I would say is that I wasn't able to spend the entire 10 days of Christmas without logging into my work-related systems, its how it is when you are your own boss and the only provider in the household. I know that this kind took a semi-dark turn but just wanted to explain a few things before continuing on the main topic. Anyway, we had a great celebration and spend the most important parts of it with my in-laws at Pasamayo and staying there usually gets followed by some pretty fun parties at night. Yes, they are that type of people who knows to enjoy the lighter side of life in many ways. Christmas eve was like a calm event with the main focus on the kids and their enjoyment. Gifts, good food and a few drinks.

Sadly I didn't get to take many photos from this day or I did, but they are of the more personal character. It doesn't feel right to use them if you know what I mean. I would say the day was a success in so many ways and on top of it I got the honour of being part of a tradition where they give to those who are less fortunate in the community. For me, this is something that really put me in the mood of Christmas. Its usually some very light entertainment, some food, a warm drink and gifts for the kids. It's my mother-in-law that is the organizer behind this event, she always does things like this and its all year round. For dinner, we had a barbeque all you can eat and the evening ended with a light firework show by me.

The days between Christmas eve and New years ever were, for the most part, spent working, but for the first time since the first of August, I took a day off for the big event. This is something I have been needing for some time now and I loved every minute of it, from the moment I woke up to the very moment I stumbled semi-drunk into bed. Yes, I got a bit drunk as I usually do on this day, but never so bad that I am a problem or anything. Just in a good mood and happy, but kinda felt it when I woke up the very next morning tho. To be completely honest, I am not really used to the alcohol anymore. The main thing is that we all had a great time and we also spent this day at the in-law's place in Pasamayo. Didn't really have any choice.


Our day of celebrating the new year started with us going to Chancay, a town maybe 20 minutes away for some awesome seafood, or to be more precise some amazing ceviche and they make the best ceviche in Peru there. After eating a huge portion we went for a while to the beach, to enjoy the sunset and then returning to Huaral to do some pre-celebration shopping. We needed some yellow shirts, glasses and fireworks for the evening. I cant celebrate new years eve without at least some of the fun stuff. With all of this done, we went to our final destination for the day and that were as mentioned Pasamayo and my in-laws. Because of all our shopping, we came kinda late to the party, but what a party it was.

That's the good part about living here in Peru because whenever there is an event or celebration, a lot of people turn up to join in. Usually, they come from both near and far to be a part of it. The big welcome of the new decade wasn't any different for us and that makes things just that much more fun or interesting. At the same time, you always get introduced to new people as well. Anyway, the day was amazing in all aspects of it, from start to finish, the only regret is the fact that I woke up feeling a bit beaten up, but that's just to be expected I guess? The good part is that we got to spend some quality time together as a true family, a really big one at the end of the night. Then again, it took me a couple of days to get back on track.

Yes, it has taken me a couple of days to get back on tracks and that is also the main reason for this blog post to be as delayed as it is. I am really not used to party anymore. Anyway, looking back on the holiday, I have to say it was a fun and successful event. I have not eaten, had this much fun, had this much to drink or been this relaxed in ages. What's lucky for me is that events like this don't come around that often. The important part is that we as a family have been having fun and enjoying ourself and that is for sure something that will keep me energized for weeks or even months to come. Well, this has been my Christmas “holiday” and how did you guys celebrate yours? At least I hope you had a good time!

Anway, I hope you guys have enjoyed reading my first proper blog post and because of that decides to stick around, maybe even check me out on social media while you are looking around. I am currently active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, but I am also working on getting my Youtube channel up and running with frequent vlogs. When it comes to my channel, I am having a hard time finding editing software that I enjoy working on. Have had this problem since Microsoft took away their window movie maker. That one was so easy and convenient to use, for me at least. Not really important at this point in time, since my focus is at my blog and the channel only would have a supplemental role, if you know what I mean by that?
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