This month was all about meeting up with old and new friends. The weather cooled and so did many of my students' motivation to speak English. No worries, my Christmas lesson did the trick for most classes. The first weekend, my dear German friend, Britta, visited me in Vienna. It was three days on Christmas markets and castles in Vienna and Bratislava - in my opinion, a perfect way to lean into Christmas. Other highlights included my main school's holiday party and the baking party at my mentor teacher's home in preparation for said holiday party.
For me, the greatest gift for this month is the time with family. I hope you all have a blessed Christmas with loved ones. And for the New Year, all the best from this American abroad. A German speaker, however, would wish you a guten Rutsch, or a good slip, into the New Year. 2015 was an incredibly exploratory year for me with ten new countries. 2016 will surely have a few new experiences in store, like the Vienna Half Marathon I'll be running in April.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
December in Vienna