I am so happy to be writing this post from my dear home country of Canada. It has been 1 year and 7 months since I was last home. I have never been away for this long! Since we have no idea when we will make it back to Canada, my mom got a little anxious and bought me a cheap ticket on a whim to come home. So you can imagine my surprise when I opened my email at work and found an eticket to Canada waiting for me. Unfortunately, my husband has no vacation time since he started his new job a few months ago, but he knew how much I missed my family and told me I should go...god bless him. So here I am, having the time of my life with friends and family.
I arrived on the 24th, the perfect day to be stuck in airports, but luckily, I had no major delays. The only problem was that my luggage was lost...and I still haven't gotten it back 5 days later. This sucks because I had all my christmas presents and favorite outfits in there. There goes my entire winter wardrobe! However, I am not too upset about this since I am just so freaking happy to be back. Words cannot describe how happy I was to see my dad waiting for me as I walked out of the baggage claim with a bouquet of flowers in his hands and a big smile on his face. Of course I teared up right away. We hugged and started talking non stop. After leaving the airport, the first stop was Starbucks of course, for the road, and next, Safeway. I absolutely LOVE the sandwhiches they prepare there. Waaayy better than Subway. It's amazing how much one can miss such little details about their previous life.
The drive to my home town, which is just outside of Vancouver, was breathtaking and I was reminded once again of why I want to end up back here. There was a low mist hanging over the mountains and the air was crisp and cool, my kind of weather. The sun was strategically poking out from behind the clouds in places that amplified the beauty of the forests and mountains we were passing. It was a glorious ride home and I felt as if Canada was welcoming home. As tired as I was, I just could not force myself to sleep because I was just too damn excited to be back. My dad and I talked the whole ride home. I arrived to my house to find it illuminated with Christmas lights, covered in snow, and I could see the big pine Christmas tree shining brightly in the front window. Ahhh...it's good to see Christmas again. In Chile I have never felt like I have had Christmas there. They really don't celebrate much.
My mom and my sister greeted me with huge hugs and we started talking a mile a minute. It was as if I had never left. Everyone shooed me to the dinner table right away and we had a nice Christmas Eve dinner where we talked and laughed non stop. After we went to the Christmas service at our church where I got to see a few good family friends. Once we arrived home, my family and I huddled around the Christmas tree in the living room with tea and continued to talk and catch up about our lives over some hot tea. I know, picture perfect Christmas. It was just what I needed.
The next day, my family and I spent all day lounging around in our pjs and opening and enjoying our Christmas presents. The day after that, my family threw me a big welcome home party and everyone I knew in this city came. Our family is famous in town for having pretty amazing parties because my dad is a musician and a great entertainer and always breaks out the guitar at some point in the evening. Therefore, our parties always end in singing and dancing and that night was no different.
The rest of the week flew by in a blur. I can't believe that as I write this it's Saturday. In a week I'll be back in Chile. This week was full of visiting old friends and family. I met with my old highschool friends for dinner one night, I met with my university friends one night where we had a full night of partying, and I am spending every spare second I can with my mom, dad, and sister. Tonight is New Years night and I'm going up to a friends cabin in the mountains on a lake which is about 40 minutes out of town. A bunch of my good university friends are all going up there and we're planning on going skating and having a bon fire, a great way to finish off 2011.
So I'm going to end this post now. I know this is kind of random, especially since I haven't posted in a while, but I promise I will do a post soon to update everyone on my life. For now, I'm just enjoying life at home with my lovely family and taking in everything I've missed for so long. I don't want to think about my Chilean life just yet, I barely have any time left here, just one more week!
I hope you all (whoever is reading this) has a wonderful and safe New Years Eve celebration tonight and a great year to come!
Happy New Year!!!