With Christmas around the corner, I thought I’d make a list of some fun gift ideas for travellers. One of my favourite things about December is Christmas shopping for friends and family (I’ve been told that I’m great with picking out gifts) and in between all the crazy amounts of essays and presentations I have this semester, this year is no exception. If you guys are looking for some last-minute gift ideas, here’s some ideas that will fit budgets both small and large!
I can’t believe it’s already December! The beginning of December makes me happy at the moment because it means: the Christmas markets are here, there’s only two more months left of my last semester of my master’s (aside from the thesis I still have to write) and of course, Christmas is coming! (I already have my advent calendar ready)
While I’m not sure of my plans for NYE yet, I’ve booked my flights already for the first week of January…Venice and Rome, here I come!
But back to the Christmas markets! Originally me and Yann wanted to check out the Pink Christmas market in Munich (apparently there are 24 Christmas markets in Munich so there’s a lot to choose from), but somehow we couldn’t find it so we ended up at the Tollwood one to satisfy our craving for some Glùhwein (hot mulled wine).
I spent last weekend in Berlin with Yann and Miriam. We thought of it as a fun trip since I’ve been going to Berlin at least once every year now for the past 3 years or so, and it’s Miriam’s first time going. What we didn’t realize until we got there was that it was also the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which made it an added bonus (although when people ask me afterwards if I went for that reason, of course I nodded fervently because I’m very up to date with German news).
Going to Berlin was a bit of a nightmare because we had already bought train tickets and there just happened to be a train strike that weekend, but nonetheless, once we spent 10 hours getting to Berlin, we had a great time there.
As me and Miriam both went to art school, we spent a significant amount of time in Kreuzberg, this time exploring many hipster shops that seem to only sell things that are either: sequinned, bedazzled or come with a moustache, and hanging out at cafes that sell flat white.
Want to fit in in Kreuzberg? I’ve got you guys covered!
[ ] Owning a bike is a must. The older the better. Don’t you know that cars are bad for the environment?
[ ] Alternative hairstyles are the way to go. Take your pick between dreadlocks, or hair dyed in any Kool-aid shade of your liking
[ ] You also only have two options for pants – will it be skinny or harem?
[ ] Be prepared to take up an artistic hobby (being talented in said hobby isn’t a requirement)
[ ] An ironic accessory is a must, such as an empty baby stroller or something large and furry
It’s been a while since my summer back home in Canada, and looking through my phone, I’ve noticed that there’s a ton of photos that I haven’t posted yet! There was so much going on, especially with my parents’ home renovations, and Yann coming to Canada for the first time.
From delicious dim sum to scenic Niagara Falls and everything in between, here are some of my favourites! (Warning, there’s going to be quite a few photos of food!)