Christmas Time is Here…

Around mid-November every year, a magical thing begins to happen all over Europe. Town squares begin to fill with pallets of wood that slowly turn into cute little houses in the following days. The Christmas Markets were coming.

In Wroclaw in particular, the Christmas Market fills the rynek (main square) with these little houses all selling different kinds of Polish delicacies, pottery, and mulled wine. This year the Christmas Market opened on November 21st.

Mulled wine in a boot at the Christmas Market.
Mulled wine in a boot at the Christmas Market.

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Picture Yourself in a Town on a River: Liverpool

After a month of educational weekend trips, I jumped at the opportunity to get out of dodge for a long weekend in early November. This trip was especially exciting because I was flying to Liverpool, England to meet my incredible Dad!

My flight was early on a Saturday morning, but I was in Liverpool before I knew it. After some intense questioning from Border Control, I apparently convinced England that I had no plans to wreak havoc and was able to leave the airport to meet up with my dad. Lucky for me, it was just a walk across the street to the airport hotel.

Once I got settled into the hotel room, we were off to explore Liverpool. Getting to downtown Liverpool proved to be quite the experience all weekend. My brave father decided to rent a stick shift car for the weekend, making for an interesting time of driving on the left side of the road, while driving stick left handed. While he did a great job (I mean, we’re still here after all), I’d be okay with never doing that again.

We eventually found our way to downtown Liverpool though and got to explore the dock after parking in an impossibly small parking spot.¬†The waterfront was my favorite area by far. Although I think that is true for me for pretty much every city I’ve visited so far. We spent the next couple of hours getting a feel for the area before grabbing dinner and retiring for the night.

Liverpool waterfront
Liverpool waterfront

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