“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” –Calvin Coolidge
This time of the year is the quiet sort of season in which life just “ticks over” which is why I haven’t written in a rather long time. It is hardly newsworthy to tell you that we got up, went about our day and then came back home and then did the same thing again the next day! Contrary to popular belief, expat life can get a bit tedious at times and it isn’t always about thrills and spills and adventures. Yup, as much as we’d like it to be, it just isn’t like that.
So, as we come to the end of another year and we reflect on the past 12 months, I must say it has been a very varied year. We have traveled a lot, visited Australia, Sri Lanka, UK, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi & Dubai) and fell in love with Oman after spending a few days in Muscat. It has been a tough year in some respects, Cathy had a major operation which took her several months to recover from, this was followed by me needing surgery too. Fortunately I recovered from mine considerably quicker. We then had Cathy’s weird health scare when we were in the UK in which the nerve in her eye stopped working therefore leaving her with double vision. The strange thing about that is that her eye started working again after a couple of weeks and corrected itself, leaving experts believing it must have been some sort of random virus.
Kati is thoroughly enjoying all the traveling and meeting new people, she’s such a sociable kid who just thrives on being around people (of all ages). Thanks to Cathy’s input and our hard work at home she loves reading and writing, quite often writing some amazing stories.
For a number of reasons we have decided to move on once Cathy’s 2 year contract is up. I will expand on this in a different post and not now. We are excited to be moving to a new country in a different part of the world. No, we have no idea where we will move to yet but it will (hopefully) all come together in about 6 weeks time (by the end of January). We are looking at a wide range of exciting countries and have a number of extremely exciting plans…..just watch this space!
All that remains to be said is that we wish you a Merry Christmas and all the very, very best for 2016.
Love from us all.
M, C & K