Less than a month after my birthday, we were on an aeroplane to Florida again for the Christmas holidays. It was a very busy month at that with both of us finishing up courses we were teaching, I got to give a talk at MediaMatic, Sinterklaas celebrations (very important) and Christmas shopping. But we got it all done and we were on our way to the sun. And sunny it was!
It was actually warmer than it should have been for the time of year, but that was OK. It just meant that I could go outside in a t-shirt every day. Which I did. I managed to start most days with a short yoga session outside while looking out over the water. Not bad.
Paul gave me my Christmas present early, which was yet again a super awesome present, namely a new wetsuit. I already knew that he was getting me that, because I wasn’t allowed to bring my wetsuit on holiday. So on December 21st, I got to try it out, and it was toasty! It also works very well with the changing towel that Sinterklaas got me. This lady is one happy camper.
Sadly after two days of waves it was flat again. But there was still enough to do in Pensacola, such as the Christmas cabaret, trying out the new bakery that recently opened (fabulous cakes), hanging out with Paul’s friends in sports bars (I still find those weird, the sports bars, not the friends) and strolling along the beach.
We also went shopping because Paul needed some new clothes, so it was off to the outlet mall again. We went to the movies (Tin Tin, Sherlock Holmes & Mission Impossible IV), had lunch outside several times, slept in or had a nap in the afternoon, got a tan, watched the sunset…it was a real holiday 🙂
Since we were also going to be there for new year’s eve, and Paul likes oliebollen, I had brought the necessary ingredients. At first I wasn’t sure whether I would make them, but internetradio was playing the Top 2000 and because Paul didn’t know Paradise by the Dashboard Light, how is that possible?! I decided to update him a bit on popular Dutch culture, so I went all out pulling up Wikipedia pages on artists and making oliebollen. I’m not a pro, but they were still quite decent. So we also had oliebollen for New Year’s Eve. And some the next morning, had I told you yet about the nice weather? 🙂