I feel at a loss of what to do, given there is little time between now and when I take my lunch, so I might as well fill it with the “winter holidays” blog post.
The events described here transpired between the 24th December 2013 and 1st of January 2014. If you don’t wish to know about my personal life, then stop reading and don’t complain in that annoying “people putting their lives on the internet even though no-one cares” way. I tried to stop you reading it.
Really early getting up for the plane flight. Although in a way that’s good. You can get to the airport easily, and through it easily, and onto the plane easily. I had a curry Panini for breakfast. Another good thing about getting up early is that you can arrive early too. An entire day of… well. It’s just good that my Granddad had a laptop he could let me use.
Night meal was a “Chinese Fondue”. Not sure where that name came from, because there’s no melting involved. It is quite lovely though. Dipping meats into boiling broth of some kind.
25 ░ – Across the Street [||]
Christmas day was spent across the street. I wanted to bring my book, but my mum said no. Apparently it’s rude to read a book when you’re in company at a party. Well, to that I respond: Is it any better to mope around not really talking to anybody (Guess what I did a lot of)? I busied myself with taking photos and video of family and the far reaching relations of mine. This helped avoid awkward anti-socialness.
Insane amounts of smoked salmon were consumed this holiday. It started today. The problem of course was the lemon. Our kind host decided it would be better to have them sliced. Have you ever tried to get juice out of a sliced lemon? According to @sandidee25, it’s “decorative”. Hmm. Anyway, After this were some roasted meats of the feathery avian kind. Capon and Turkey. that was nice.
After people started mingling I somehow got roped into handling some mathematical problems (of course). It wasn’t maths, it was logic. I know they’re similar, but you don’t call a problem maths when it is clearly logic. I don’t know what that kid’s teacher was telling them. I forget what the puzzle was about. Something to do with 50p coins or something. Then I tried to explain Linux and other technological things. I’m not sure any of the other guests will remember even the slightest after the word “Linux”, but I can at least say I tried.
26 ▒ – Inside [||]
The snow was coming down very hard. Well, softly, but very fast. Well, slowly, but very heavily. You can guess at what I mean. About a foot or 0.3m of snow in some places. Not much reason to go outside today. So I styed inside and read books.
27 ☼ – The countryside [||] – │﴾◌﴿⁰│
All of the snowfall from the previous day had frozen over and had become very crisp. For this reason, an excursion to the surrounding countryside was well in order.
The visibility was pretty much horizon-to-horizon. Wonderful blue skies, contrasted nicely with white crisp snow. Not too cold, not too windy. I had to wear sunglasses because of the glare. a very nice day. We saw some deer frolicking in the snow. This day was what winter should be about, not Christmas parties and all that. You can do that any day of the year.
28 ░ – Geneva [+] – │﴾◌﴿⁰│
Today encompassed an excursion to the Geneva botanic gardens, of all places. No snow in Geneva, some rain. However, it wasn’t very busy, which it most certainly would have been in summer. At my dad’s request, we had lunch at a mid-town brewery (Where else?). Also we visited a small museum of science. they had Mercury. Health and safety wouldn’t have allowed that in Britain.
I also got on the Trams in Geneva. Now, you would think with all the EU ties and such diplomatic niceties, the Scottish government would have at least asked Geneva for some tips and hints on how to build and run a tram line. I’m not sure if they did or not, but it kind of puts Edinburgh to shame. Still. Hopefully sometime this year the trams will be working.
29 ░ – ? [||]
What did I do on this day? It escapes me. Did I take pictures? No. I think I had pizza to eat… Or was that another day? Hmm. Weird.
30 ☼ – La Saleve [||] – │﴾◌﴿⁰│
My brother went snowboarding this day. My mum and aunt and myself went along too. Walking, mind you, not snowboarding. The views from up there were rather astounding, but the pictures don’t do it justice. This mountain is one of the main features of the area, and allows you to see many others. I’m not sure I’m very good at describing it. Here’s some GPS data so you can find it on your 3D earth viewing program of choice: 46° 3.359′, 6° 5.975′
31 ░ – Inside [||] – │﴾◌﴿⁰│
Mega epic crowded rooms noise and food party this evening. Time to engage “people photographer” persona.
Euugh. The food was good, though. That’s definitely something.
Lots of people, lots of food. New years. Yeah. yay. I wasn’t mopey as I’m making it sound here. I’m just not sure how to put it into words.
1 ░ – Charly [||] → Geneva [+] → Edinburgh [X] → Glenrothes [X]
After the events of the previous night, an early start. Not as early as the first one, but early enough. Back home just in time for lunch.
There was a humorous advert banner at the side of Edinburgh airport. Do you know what it said? “Well worth the wait”. The banner was next to a tram stop.
I tried to write this using the wordpress app for Windows 8.x. Here are some problems I encountered:
- You can’t TAB → Paragraphs
- It is very difficult to copy special characters in from the character map.
- HTML PLEASE
Evening meal was some onion soup made by my brother. Not many bits in it, though. I like bits. It was nice nonetheless.
24 ☼ – Glenrothes [X] → Edinburgh [X] → Geneva [+] → Charly [||]