AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Christmas on the road.


Posted on Dec 24, 2013

Whilst planning for the trip one big decision was where to spend Christmas. Now it has got to the big day it really doesn’t feel like Christmas. For a start there has been no continual playing of Slade or The Pogues. Nor has there been the BBC’s advert showing doom and gloom in the Square. Despite missing out on the fantastic Christmas adverts from the major supermarkets we do know it is Christmas. The tourist areas are full of lights. The hotels have trees full of lights and decorations and yet it does not feel like Christmas. It is hot for one thing. Typically films and TV shows have snow and we associate this time of year with Santa, his sleigh and lots of snow. The reality in the UK is somewhat different. Christmas is about cold and dark days and long nights. Secondly, Christmas is about cheesy music. We have heard a few Christmas songs but it doesn’t get you in the Festive Spirit when it is hot. Thirdly, it’s all about the food. Some more exclusive hotels offer Christmas dinner but we are going to be at the temples. This means that for the first time ever or at least since I can remember we won’t be having Christmas lunch and gorging ourselves. Instead it will be a sandwich and some water sat in the shade. Finally, it is all about family and been with them. When my family moved to New Zealand it was very strange going to my Gran’s and it just been the three of us. I think this time of the year is about being with lots of people and family and friends. Now with just the two of us it doesn’t feel quite right. In conclusion, Christmas on the road doesn’t really exist. It is a another day. It may have been different if we were in a Christian country as places would be closed but in a Buddhist nation the 25th December is just another day. However, in years to come I will be able to say that I spent Christmas at Angkor. Not many people can say that. Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014! Posted from Siem Reap, Siem Reap,...

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