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Holiday Season

3:55 pm Wed, 12th December 2007

I can’t believe our trip to Germany is coming up so soon now. We leave REALLY early this Saturday morning – flight is at 6:30am, which means getting to the airport at 4:30am. And this will be right after my work christmas party which finishes at 2am! So.. I guess I’m not getting much sleep that night! But no matter coz this holiday is all about relaxing, de-stressing and pampering. On Saturday night (after a nice long nap upon check-in at the hotel), we’ve booked in a hot stone massage to kick off the week at the nearby Taunus Therme (huge sauna and thermal springs – our sole reason for staying in this hotel on the outskirts of Frankfurt). On Sunday we’re meeting with some friends for Frühstück (traditional german brunch on a Sunday – its amazing) and visiting the Christmas Markets around Frankfurt. On Monday we have a few necessary errands to do, like seeing a podiatrist for Kwai, our dermatologist, and some shopping.

Cologne christmas markets

Tuesday and Wednesday will again be all about relaxation – with massages booked in on both days. Firstly a two person synchronised massage (yes two people massaging you at the same time – I’ve had this before there and it is AWESOME), and secondly a honey oil massage (really nice and great for the skin too!) We’ll spend heaps of time in the thermal pools and saunas too (yep getting nekkid with the germans). I love it there.. it is so relaxing, de-stressing, peaceful and really re-energising. I always feel so much healthier afterwards.

On Thursday I’m gonna get my hair cut at my usual hairdresser in Frankfurt called Obscura – they’re great and sooooo much cheaper than London. And finally to finish off our holiday, the last two nights will be spent in Cologne, visiting the christmas markets, the huge dom (cathedral – image above) and beautiful Rhine river.. and of course Frühstück at the luxurious Hyatt Regency (image below) where we’ll be staying. :). Hopefully we’ll be able to meet up with AericWinter too as he’ll be at his home town which is nearby that weekend. Should be really nice.

Hyatt Regency Cologne Lobby

*sigh* I can’t wait! I totally don’t feel like working now… just counting the days.. hours.. minutes..

Whenever I start feeling too fed up, depressed, frustrated, stressed and downright annoyed with living in shitty London… it is these moments that I get to spend on the european continent that remind me why I’m here.

Christmas markets in Cologne

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  1. 3 Comments on “Holiday Season”

  2. princessa
    Dec 12, 2007

    Kazzart,I totally love your blog,But I have to say-as a life long Londoner -Stop (constantly) dissing my city.It isn’t that bad!There are many wonderful things about it.Sheesh.

  3. Kazzart
    Dec 14, 2007

    Lol. I think your three words “life long Londoner” says it all. I’ve found the same with a lot of people like you, who have also lived their whole life in London/UK.. what they lack is perspective. They have no idea what life is like elsewhere and hence are ignorant about how much London does actually sucks compared to other major cities in the world. I mean, its the most expensive city in the world to live. That’s a bad start right there. Oh, and the NHS? Enough said! I fly abroad to get medical treatment and avoid UK hospitals at all cost.

    I’ll admit, there are *some* good things about it (like cheap flights abroad lol.. ok ok there are other good things too – Marks & Spencers would be one.. and a thriving music community). Just because I haven’t posted much about these points doesn’t mean I don’t realise them. It just means I haven’t gotten around to writing about them.

    But still… the actual quality of life.. when you get down to what really makes people happy.. is sorely missing… and its sad that so many people here don’t even realise what they’re missing. They’re unhappy and don’t even know it – they just try to get as drunk as possible every weekend as a coping mechanism. (Notice how its only UK that has the binge drinking reputation.. none of the other EU countries have this problem).

    But anyway, what I write in my blog is just my opinion – if you have a different opinion that’s fine. But please remember that this blog is all about my thoughts, my observations and my perspective – so don’t take it so personally.

  4. Meo
    Dec 15, 2007

    woow have you never seen sardinian isle in italy? very nice! I living in this lend.

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