Photos from upper left and going clockwise: (1) huge Christmas tree and iconic SF heart in Union Square, San Francisco, (2) Winter Wonderland decorations at the Harry Potter Yule Ball at Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles, (3) me at a friends Winter Wonderland holiday party, and lastly (4) castle display at Global Winter Wonderland at Great America, Santa Clara.
The block of Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year Day holidays is one of the my favorite time of the year! I love seeing holiday decorations all over, and even more so, I love to go to holiday parties! It's so nice to get to dress up, eat amazing food, reunite with friends and family, and take pictures.
Anyway, I just wanted to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays (cue NSYNC song :P)! Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends, and happiness! :)
It really does happen. This thing we call Reverse Culture Shock - the strange feelings associated with returning to one's home culture after being overseas for a substantial period of time. This past year (September 2011-October 2012), I was living oversees in the UK, in school working towards my Master's degree at the University of Sussex. It was an amazing year, in more way than I can even describe.
I recently took a trip to San Francisco (I'm about 45 minutes away by car/public transportation) and since it was my first time going to the City since I had gotten back, I started reflecting on a number of things. Stepping out of my suburban life, going to SF felt like I was finally returning to a city that actually had a downtown and public transportation and things to do!
Reflections on symptoms of my Reverse Culture Shock:
I'm back! I've finally come up with a name, so getting close to being able to release this to the public. I've been back at home in California, but dreaming of my next destination. Itching to travel again SOON! My graduation is at the end of January in Brighton (UK), so for now, hoping I can go back for that and hopefully add on some traveling to that. So many places in the world to see...