24.12.2009 - 25.12.2009 -5 °C
After a hectic and busy week last week, I was able to get an extra day off of work this week. It felt like a real vacation having 4 days off in a row! Mike and I didn't do much. A little shopping at Ikea, a little shopping at Joy City (one of the biggest malls in Beijing), a little bit of Chinese with Ying and a little bit of sight-seeing around lake Houhai (unfortunately, I didn't think to bring the camera!).
It certainly feels strange not spending Christmas with my family though! Yesterday and today felt like regular days. I wonder if I'll be itching for Christmas in two months time... I did feel a bit sad yesterday because we hadn't planned to do anything special. I regretted not buying a Christmas tree ( since the lobby in my hotel was decorated with garlands and lights galore, I figured I really didn't need to decorate my studio. And besides, where would I put the stuff once the season ended?!) Still, for a moment there yesterday I felt sad that I hadn't tried to make it a special occasion and that I hadn't gotten my act together to buy Mike a gift in time (especially since he had gotten me something). That being said, today made up for yesterday's bust. We had a lovely time with my colleagues, enjoying Dylan's Brazilian wife's food and talking to my colleagues!