Back from the Beach
Happy New Year to all!
Welcome Marcos Santos!
I can't wait to get aquainted with you. So, how did you spend your Christmas and new year? Were you partying on Copacabana beach with the thousands of others on new years eve?! I would have loved to have been there. It looked amazing on the TV. Whereabouts in Brazil do you live? What do you do? How long have you been blogging? Are you new to this? I have so many questions for you Marcos and I hope you for me. I don’t know how much of my November blog you followed but at the risk of repeating myself, I will give you a few basics now but would like it if you could come up with a list of questions for me which reflect what you would really like to know.
I live in Colombo, Sri Lanka with my husband, Pankaj and our daughter, Isabel Riya. She is 19 months now. Here is a picture of her on Christmas day eating a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast of kiribath (milk rice).
Our housekeeper, Vasantha made it for us. We have been here since August 2008 and will be here for at least 2 years, maybe more if we fancy it.
Well, first of all Christmas Day. We were at home in the morning and opened presents with Isabel. It was really exciting this year as she could actually tear open the presents with very little assistance from us. Last year, we had to open them all for her!
After the traditional Sri Lankan breakfast we all got ready and phoned our relatives and friends in India before heading off to the Mount Lavinia Hotel for their special buffet lunch. It was incredible. They had the whole works, from roast turkey and cranberry sauce to ham and pineapple and Brussels sprouts and roast potatoes. What did you eat for Christmas lunch?
My mouth was constantly watering and I had to stop myself from gorging too much on the main course so I could taste the Christmas pudding and cake. I think the cake was quite alcoholic because after a small bite Isabel went on a sugar fixed rampage and it took all the energy we had between us (which wasn’t very much by this time ;)) to calm her down. Here she is with Santa Claus.
Now, New Years eve. We had a quiet one at home. Pankaj made chicken tikka rolls on our barbeque and we sat and watched them cook on our veranda and listened to music like Fat Boy Slim and Cold Play until we couldn’t eat any more. Then we strolled down to Mount Lavinia beach, which is about 2 minutes from our house and watched the new years’ revelers dancing, drinking and lighting fireworks. Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera so I can’t show you any pictures of that but I am sure you can imagine the scene. There was also a line of ships on the horizon which came alight at midnight with their own firework displays. They were pretty neat though they could not compete with the various hotels which line Colombo’s coast. They were absolutely spectacular.
My father is coming to stay with us for 3 weeks and he arrives on the 6th morning so you will get to meet him too in the course of this month. I will bring him into our virtual classroom to chat with you.
Well, I look forward to hearing from you Marcos and all the other bloggers out there.
Bye for now,
Words/expressions from my last blog
Cover versions - not the original version, an interpretation/copy
Squiffy - slang for drunk
Ordeal - a difficult experience
Jollity - happiness
A good dose of - plenty of
Maudlin - weakly sentimental
How many different tenses did I use in this post and what were they? if you can, tell me the functions too (in the context here).
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