As Christmas Day ends, I wanted to send you my warmest wishes from Tilburg – I wish that the feeling of love, peace, and joy that envelops this season remain with you throughout the new year.
As for me, I spent the past two days visiting the Christmas Markets in Cologne, Germany, where I stuffed myself silly trying all the local dishes: wurst grilled over charcoal, reibekuchen (potato cakes) served with applesauce, dampfnudels topped with vanilla sauce and berries, mugs of glühwein (mulled red wine), and a lot of other dishes whose names I can’t even recall. I think I gained ten pounds in two days! 🙂 On Christmas Eve, I had a lovely dinner with friends in a little restaurant on the banks of the Rhine and capped it with a midnight mass at the Kölner Dom.
Now, I’m having myself a merry little white Christmas here in Tilburg, The Netherlands, where I’m doing the third semester of my masters programme. (The picture above is one I took of Heuvelstraat, Tilburg’s main shopping street.) It’s my first Christmas away from family, but I have discovered it is possible to be miles away from home and yet still feel the warmth of home. I feel truly thankful that I am blessed and loved. 🙂
Thanks for being a part of my 2009, and all the best in 2010!
International Masters in Management of IT (IMMIT), 2008-2010
Universite Aix-Marseille III, France; Turku School of Economics, Finland; Tilburg University, Netherlands