I am spending the Christmas holidays in Europe with my 20-year-old son, Jordan.
In order to make this trip more youth friendly for Jordan, I decided to book youth hostels for our stay. This was my first experience in a youth hostel, and although the bed was comfortable, I felt like I had to “obey the house rules,” like breakfast ends at 10 a.m. I showed up at 9:59 for a cup of coffee, and was told, “It’s too late. Sorry.”
Little did I know how cramped the rooms would be, despite being “upgraded” to a larger room.
I had forgotten how “magical” the Christmas season can be in Europe. California has beautiful weather, but I am bombarded with the commercial side of Christmas in the U.S.
What I miss is the Christmas spirit I feel in London. For example the warm, cosy pubs, where friends gather to chat and have a drink. The tasteful Christmas decorations on Oxford Street and Picadilly Circus. The shops, and the Christmas carolers and live music on the streets.
Next stop is Stowmarket, Suffolk where I’m staying with Sallyann, my friend from boarding school days.