Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas from Kosovo!

Charlie and I are spending Christmas in Kosovo. We will be thinking of all our family and friends as we toast you on Christmas Day. Health and Happiness to you all! You make our lives so special

We began getting into the Christmas spirit in Vienna and continued it onto Prague. Then I spent last week in Dublin with Maggie, Robin and Lyla making Christmas cookies, shopping, enjoying all the decorations and being immersed in the Christmas tide.

On Christmas Day we are having some fellow Americans (and one really great German guy) over for dinner. We are having ham! Unbelievable in this Muslim country! One of our friends got it from the US Embassy so we are set.

It is always fun to try to replicate US holiday feasts here. I was looking for cream of tartar for cookies and two really nice men at the grocery store kept bringing me various packaged mixes to make pudding (cream?). It may be a challenge to get things here but the people are always so nice and try so hard to help you.

We have five more weeks here. I have LOTS of packing to do. How did we accumulate so much stuff! And I do have several adventures to post for you readers. We are going to Italy for New Years so, hopefully, I'll get those posts written in 2012 before we leave for home.

May your Christmas be fun and happy and your New Year healthy and full of happy surprises!

1 comment:

  1. Good morning how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this I would ask you one small favour:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Kosovo? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Kosovo in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and a original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog, where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely