Every year, families like to gather for Christmas, and then at some point they have to say goodbye again. First to leave, was my youngest brother Gyano. He had booked his trip to Buxton very last-minute, and only spent two nights here. However short, it was great to be a complete family this Christmas, and I am happy he was able to make the trip. My mom left later the same day, still suffering from the flu we had infected her with during her stay here. That was one unexpected Christmas present, that had my mom in bed for most of the week she was here. My other brother Djamo is still in Buxton, and will stay past the New Year’s holiday. Which makes sense, since he doesn’t just have us here in Buxton, he also has his sweet girlfriend, our friend, to spend the holiday with and their shared birthday on the second day of each new year.
It is so much easier now that we live so close to the Netherlands, my family members quite often make a quick trip across the North Sea to visit us. Obviously, this was not possible when we lived in San Francisco nor Osaka. Also, since a few months there’s even a very convenient Ryan Air connection between Manchester Airport and the small airport in my hometown of Eindhoven. Manchester Airport is easy enough to reach from Buxton by bus, so the Dutchies seem to keep coming over here! So saying goodbye to visiting Dutchies these days isn’t sad anymore. No more tears, just smiles and lots of see-you-soon’s.