We hope you had some nice holiday time with sweet family moments and lots of sweets in December. If not, we hope that this new year will bring you more cheerful moments.
Our December was unusually calm. We haven’t travelled to different Christmas markets this year, only visited the one in Budapest. Should we blame it on our newborn son? Well, we could. He’s too small to protest against anything in the first place. 😛 But the truth is we could have packed everything and drove to at least some of the nearby towns. Only that it would have required time and energy that we lacked in the past months.
So we didn’t feel enthusiastic about travelling anywhere this December. We decided to do only short walks with Tomi, and visit the local Christmas markets with him. And go to my dear friend’s 30th birthday party – that Tomi miraculously slept through in that noisy pub. Then we travelled to Szeged to be with our families at Christmas. It doesn’t seem to be much as we recite the events of the past month, but it felt like a lot. Wherever you are, life is always busy and exciting if you have a kid – that’s our wisdom for the new year that we start as parents.
Our first Christmas with Tomi. It was different. And still, it was the same – cheerful and heartwarming. Tomi slept as we did the vacuum cleaning. (Actually, he slept because we did the vacuum cleaning. He likes that sound. Just like the hair drier.) We decorated the Christmas tree together – with Tomi in his carrier on Csaba’s back. We didn’t eat Christmas dinner together though. While one of us ate, the other had a crying baby in their hands. But there were lots of smiles, too. And there were two exhausted parents at the end of the day.
Walking in the Budapest Christmas Markets. We do it each year, we enjoy it each year. The Christmas tree in front of the Parliament looked quite mysterious in the fog. Chimney cakes were still delicious.
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Coming up in January
As for travel plans, we’d like to get an id card for Tomi in January so that he can travel within the EU. Then we’d like to plan several trips for next year. We have dreams, and January is usually the time to work out the details and make reservations. This year is no different. We can’t wait to share more about those upcoming trips – as well as actually doing them!
Otherwise we plan to explore some lesser known areas in Budapest this January. Because Tomi likes to be taken for long walks. And because this is the off season for tourists, anyway.
How about you? How was your December? What are your plans for the next month?
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