Christmas in Europe

Good (Tuesday) morning from Abu Dhabi!

Today is Tony’s last day of work for the week, as tomorrow begins the Eid holiday here in the UAE. From what I’ve been able to gather, the Eid holiday is an Islamic religious holiday celebrating Abraham’s (Ebrahim) willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac (Esmail) to Allah. The celebration is a national holiday here in the UAE and other Gulf Nations, and so Tony will have off Wednesday and Thursday (remember, the work week here is Sunday through Thursday). It will be great to have two extra days home together as we continue to settle in to our new life here in Abu Dhabi.

Matteo waiting for the elevator on the 4th floor of what I hope will be our apartment building in Abu Dhabi
Matteo waiting for the elevator on the 4th floor of what I hope will be our apartment building in Abu Dhabi

Speaking of settling in, we *may* have found an apartment. I hesitate to say too much more (much as I want to), because I’m learning that things don’t always go as planned here; just because something is supposed to work one way, doesn’t mean that it always does. That said, I’m hopeful that everything goes smoothly and that we are on our way to moving out of the hotel and in to our Abu Dhabi home. Please keep your fingers crossed for us on this!

When we made the decision to move to Abu Dhabi, we were immediately excited at the travel options that would be open to us. Flying back and forth and to the U.S. is a daunting task at +12 hours minimum, but Europe, Asia, and Africa are much shorter flights! With a nice long holiday break lining up with Christmas time, we knew that would be our first opportunity to flex some travel muscle and so, I’m excited to share that we’ve booked our first big trip. Christmas this year will be spent in Vienna and Munich! We will fly from Abu Dhabi to Vienna and then fly out on New Year’s Eve from Munich. We’re working on narrowing down specifics — where we’ll stay, how long in each city, etc. but we’re so excited. The Christmas markets in Vienna are supposed to be magical. No doubt it will be a very different Christmas from what we’re used to, but seeing a new city should take some of the sting out of being so far from family and friends during the holiday season. And — it’s only a 2 hour time difference so we won’t lose all of the hard work we’re putting in to helping Matteo adjust to this new time zone (he’s doing much better — not fully acclimated yet, but getting closer).

Many, many, many thanks go to our wonderful parents in Arizona, Carl and Kathy, who continue to help us wrap up things with the sale of our home in Fountain Hills. Thank you both so much! You don’t know what a weight it is off our shoulders to know that the house is in good hands. We’re sorry that you “got stuck” with those logistics, but are so grateful to you both for your help.

That’s all for now. I’m off to start making a million lists — we need to furnish a 2 bdrm/2.5 bath apartment! I don’t want to over buy items, but I want to have some comforts of home at the same time. Thank goodness for IKEA, right?

Love to you all,

Jen

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2 thoughts on “Christmas in Europe

  1. Great christmas plans! I love to hear about the culture. Pretty good job: the first week work three days and done for the week. Glad tony can spend time with you and matteo. Love you all…

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