I was thinking last night about where I had been and what I was doing for Christmas since I left the U.K back in 2000.
Here’s the list:
2000: Pushkar, India
Spent in the delightful Rajastani town of Pushkar, one of my favourite spots in India.
2001: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Still living in Osaka, Japan but on my second trip to Cambodia after first visiting earlier that year.
2002: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
My first Christmas as an expat living in Phnom Penh.
2003: Sihanoukville, Cambodia
First Christmas spent with my future wife. We had a beach side BBQ and watched the film ‘Withnail & I’.
2004: Pailin, Cambodia
Motorbike trip across the Cardamon mountains, to Pailin and Battambang.
2005: Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Ate a huge sashami lunch with friends at the newly opened Kukai restaurant, now one of the town’s most popular restaurants.
2006: Dorset, England
With my family and my then fiancee, first in 6 years.
2007: Kep, Cambodia
Spent at Kep Lodge in Kep, southern Cambodia.
2008: Kampot, Cambodia
First Christmas as a family. Ate in the amazing Akashi restaurant now sadly closed.
2009: Dorset, England
Sad circumstances brought us here as my father died a week before Christmas.
2010: Kampot, Cambodia
Christmas lunch (which was far from a traditional Christmas lunch) at Rusty Keyhole (rural location).
2011: Bangkok, Thailand
We are off to a friend’s house tomorrow to celebrate our first Christmas in Thailand as a family of four.
Happy Christmas everyone!