A Christmas in Wales
How have you been? Hopefully you’ve had a week or two off this Christmas and you’re spending time with family and loved ones right now, away from any screen or social media.
I have had the most restful week in a long time. I didn’t fly home to France this Christmas because Fall whisked by and when I finally sat down to browse Eurostar tickets in early November, they flirted with the £300 mark already. But in a way, this has turned out to be a really nice opportunity to do something different. Rob’s family was quick to snatch me up and welcomed us both to Wales for the long break. I had only visited once before and did not expect we would get so much snow in these parts, it’s colder than in London too, but I have plenty of wooly jumpers and thick socks to borrow. It’s really lovely here, there’s nothing much to do but laze around and take it slow.
Days usually start with brewing some tea, stretching my body with yoga practice (which by the way, feels so good when you do it everyday), reading books I grabbed this year but never had the time to start, tucking into delicious comforting food, giving the playful neighbour’s cat a fuss, playing cards or board games, taking long walks, catching up on films I missed this year, listening to records old and new that Rob’s brother has collected, discovering the history of the region and its haunted buildings, and sinking into an armchair by the roaring fire in the evening to chat into the night with a glass of bourbon in hand.
In some ways, this makes me realise that there is life outside of London, and a nice one too. I guess I never thought of myself as a country bumpkin but maybe it’s something that I’m slowly coming around to. There’s something to be said for the quietness and the space. With how well connected we are today, I don’t reckon it feels isolating at all to live a little remotely. What do you think, is living in the countryside something you’ve considered or experienced? I’d love to know.
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