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Christmas Gift

Merry Christmas! I hope you had an amazing time with your loved ones this year!

As for me I got the best gift ever – a road trip πŸ™‚ You know, if not for me, my hubby would stay in all his life, he really has everything that he needs in his office πŸ™‚ But my never ending wanderlust drags our small family out of the town once in awhile. There is really nothing better for me than take some fruits, water, a good book and yarn, jump in the car, get our dog and listen to Queens while driving along the unknown roads and discovering new places.

Mexico is truly a fascinating place. Just one hour drive can get you to the landscape that is so different from where you are that it seems you are in another country! This time of the year San Miguel de Allende is flooded with tourists from all over the world. Its narrow streets become so crowded, it’s not even possible to walk. So, on Friday we decided to escape from the town’s frenzy and find some quite place to enjoy the day.

Without any particular plan we got on the road and 40 minutes later discovered a beautiful oak tree forest! The place was so peaceful, only the sound of rustling leaves and birds singing disturbed the perfect silence.

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The oak trees were absolutely different from the ones I was used to in my childhood – these are much shorter and smaller. The rain season has been over for a couple of months now and the huge oak leaves are falling down colored in all shades of fall.

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Can you believe how huge they are?!

Oh, what a joy it was to walk among the trees and listen to the rustle of leaves under the feet…

This is our fancy Christmas lunch πŸ™‚

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I got my books, yarn and a WIP, the yarn blended in the surroundings just perfectly! Holding this cotton skein in my hands and feeling rays of sunshine on my face was the best thing in the world!
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It was the perfect day in the mountains – warm, but not hot. We were completely alone, the distant sound of music in the nearby village was the only evidence of other people.

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We spent all day walking, climbing trees, playing with the dog, gathering fallen leaves and acorns…

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To be honest I didn’t do much reading or knitting. I just wanted to be there, enjoy this day to the fullest and not miss a single moment. So, the only progress I made on my project was to handwind the skein.

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Me and my family wish you merry and peaceful holiday season!

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Happy Saturday!


By | 2015-12-25T21:18:41+00:00 December 26th, 2015|Knitting, Travel|21 Comments


  1. Zeta December 26, 2015 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Seems to me you had the perfect Christmas!
    Happy holidays to all your family!

    • Alina December 26, 2015 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Zeta! I hope you are also enjoying this time of year!!!

  2. Andrea @ This Knitted Life December 26, 2015 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Jealous of your weather!!! And your adventure. Do you live in Mexico!?! No wonder your photos at always so bright.

    • Alina December 27, 2015 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Yes, we do! We moved here from Russia 3 and a half years ago. I can really appreciate this weather πŸ™‚

  3. Andrea @ This Knitted Life December 26, 2015 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    …ARE always so bright…

  4. Sarah December 27, 2015 at 12:16 am - Reply

    It’s so beautiful up there. Thanks so much for sharing the photos, I love seeing what other corners of the world looks like. It looks like fall has come — do the leaves change because it gets cool or just because it is the dry season?

    One of my good friends has family in Mexico City and she visits them regularly. She always comes back with great photos of the area.

    • Alina December 27, 2015 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      The climate is really strange here – I am still adjusting. I guess the vegetation is losing its color because of cooler temperatures and the dry season as well. Mexico City is beautiful, the parks are just magical! It’s just 3 hour drive from us. I like visiting it, but to be honest I would not choose to live there – I guess I can’t imagine living in a huge megalopolis right now πŸ™‚ I loved it when I was younger, but now I prefer nature and quiet neighborhoods.

  5. Evelyn December 27, 2015 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Goodness those leaves are huge! Sounds like a wonderful Christmas adventure πŸ™‚

    • Alina December 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      They are!!! I could cover my head with them! Never seen anything like that before!

  6. Andi December 27, 2015 at 11:21 am - Reply

    What a beautiful road trip. Thank you for taking us along!

    • Alina December 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      You are so welcome, Andi! I always enjoy looking at the world through others’ eyes!

  7. sustainablemum December 27, 2015 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    That sounds like the perfect place to take a walk. I love the woods, thank you for taking us with you πŸ™‚

    • Alina December 27, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      You are welcome!! Walking is always more fun with the friends πŸ™‚

  8. akiba December 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful day – and you wrote about it so well. I pictured myself there with you. Love to you and much success in 2016.

    • Alina December 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, dear Akiba! It was the best trip that we’ve taken in this area!! I really want to come back again!

  9. Julie December 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, that forest looks so beautiful,and I love the photos of the forest floor- those leaves are all so fascinating! Glad you had an amazing, relaxing holiday, it sounds perfect!

    • Alina December 28, 2015 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      I know, this forest floor looks like it is from fairy tale! It was the best place to spend the holiday!

  10. Tahnee December 28, 2015 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures, this really sounds like a perfect way to spend Christmas. I’m familiar with the boyfriend that would be perfectly happy staying in all the time phenomenon πŸ˜‰

    • Alina December 28, 2015 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tahnee!! Haha, we, girls, need to shake them up from time to time πŸ™‚

  11. Ady Grafovna December 28, 2015 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    That looks like a perfect holiday!

    • Alina December 28, 2015 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      It was! Quiet, simple and peaceful – everything that I love!

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