Having lived as an expat for over a decade now, I’ve found the experience to be both rewarding and frustrating at times. While I’m generally not the type to suffer from homesickness, there is one time of the year when I do miss being back in Canada and that’s Christmas.
Most of my time has been spent between Thailand and Japan and while both countries do make an attempt at creating some type of Christmas cheer, it’s just not the same as back home. When it’s 36 degrees in mid-December, Bangkok doesn’t feel very Christmasy and in Japan Christmas usually consists of a Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner after you’ve put in a full day at the office.
I wasn’t planning on traveling again this year as I had already done a big trip to Africa to go on a safari tour in Tanzania, but browsing Expedia can be dangerous and when I saw a cheap flight to Stockholm with a stopover in Moscow, I knew I had to go.
On my first visit to Moscow the previous summer, I was completely amazed by how different the city was than what I had expected. Since I had enjoyed my time so much before I couldn’t wait to see what the city would look like all lit up for Christmas, and needless to say I wasn’t disappointed.