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.
Shirley Hershey Showalter says
What fun, Sonia! I feel like I’m there with you. I’ve never been to London at this season of the year. I’ll see it through your eyes.
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Sonia Marsh says
Yes, there is something so special about Christmas in Europe. Perhaps because it reminds me of my youth when I lived there. I also think the east coast of the US has a special “feel” that I cannot seem to get in southern California, even after 30 years there.
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Flora Morris Brown says
What a wonderful time you’re having! You’re right about Christmas being special in the “old countries.” Continue to have fun and make note of impressions you can share in your writing when you return.
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Penelope James says
You’re making me homesick! You’re right about the Christmas spirit vs. here in US where it’s all about marketing and profits. Or maybe that’s just California and New York is very different. Also, I hate to say this, but what did you expect in a hostel? That room is probably as good as it gets – or better – than anywhere in Europe.