On the 23rd of December we headed off on the long dreaded drive to Queeche, Vermont. Here was our home for the holidays, days prior to the trip it had been snowing which left an incredible view outside of the condo. Unfortunately I was unable to participate in the outdoor winter activities because I had a boot on my foot, although I couldn't do much, I made the best of the situation and had a great time overall.
We travelled to small local towns, including Woodstock and Dartmouth. I also had the opportunity to travel not so far into Boston, this was definitely the highlight of my trip. We went on a tour around the city, stopped off at the public library, Fenway Park, north side and much more. The tour was great because I was able to learn about the history of the city as well as look at the beautiful scenery. We stayed the whole day and ending the evening in Cambridge, the home to Harvard University. I'm not going to lie, I felt really smart walking inside of the University. That day is one to truly remember.
Christmas in the snow, COMPLETELY different to the 40 degree heat in Australia that I'm used to. Was a dream come true, to be able to open the window on Christmas morning and see snow falling from the sky, I felt like I was living in a winter wonderland. American traditions for Christmas are quite similar, but there are minor differences including the types of food they eat, because Australia is in my heart all the time, I had to make pavlovas for Christmas dinner. They were a huge hit! Everyone loved them.
New Years, coming into the New Year made me reflect deeply on where I would be without the support of everyone around me, I am very greatful for all of the things everyone has done for me.
On New Years Eve, we celebrated surrounded closely by family and friends, it was a great start to the year to be surrounded by all the love, laughter and joy we brought each other. My family doesn't do resolutions for the New Year because we are firm believers that you should set goals all year round, so one of my many goals for the duration of my exchange year is to yes to everything and take opportunity to do everything I can.
The holiday season was awesome and I wouldn't have changed it for anything. In February we are headed back to Vermont, so I can learn to ski, and experience more of an American winter.
Here's to the New Year, for new memories, new friends, and new starts.
Hope you all had a great Holiday season.