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And just like that December is here. “What?” I hear, collectively being gasped around the world. This year, I have tried to be a little more organised with Christmas gifts and the like, and while it’s all sitting there and hidden around various spots in the house, I haven’t yet managed to do anything with them. But I’ve got time, right?

Since the beginning of November, I have felt very much like I’ve been trying to catch up with life. Not just with the mountains of work that seems like an endless pile on my desk, but sleep, too. I haven’t quite recovered from our long weekend in Las Vegas.

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Although that is in no way a complaint – our break was quite literally the most fun I’ve had some time. What’s not to love – being childfree for a few days in Sin City! Oh yes, there was plenty of drinking, plenty of eating, gambling and laughing.

Highlights for us was zip wiring down Freemont and taking a helicopter tour and landing in the Grand Canyon. Having been to Las Vegas four years ago, this one the one thing I most wanted to do after missing out the first time. And it is as amazing as I imagined. I can’t wait to share more of our return Las Vegas trip with you in future posts.

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With some short downtime after we got back from the US, our bags were packed again and we were off on a short family break to Bristol. Quite a few of my friends went to university in Bristol but that was the last time I was there – over 20 years ago!

What struck me instantly was how much had changed in terms of development – but not in a bad way, quite the opposite. It was such a creative city, full of street art, independent shops and cafés and a lively hub around the Bristol Harbourside. It was also quite clear why Bristol has been voted the best city to live in Great Britain three years on the trot. There’s a really decent mix of old and new, and we all very much enjoyed our time exploring – from ice skating in Millenium Square to mopping the decks on SS Great Britain.

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So while there isn’t much in terms of travel this month, unlike back in 2017 when we were gearing up for our trip to South Africa, we are still going away this Christmas and spending it with family by the seaside. It will make a nice change to be able to go for a beach walk before Christmas dinner – and maybe again, afterwards!

So I hope that you manage to do get organised for Christmas in the coming weeks – and for those of you, who are going away – safe travels!