Incredible, it is Christmas in two days and I have a looong to-do list:
- make meatballs and
- pepparkaks-cheesecake for our Swedish Xmas dinner tomorrow evening
- lunch with my Peruvian friend and her daughter – at my favourite restaurant, St Germain, in the Old San Juan
- pack and try to fit everything into two suitcases (American Airlines only allow 23 kg per person – how ungenerous!)
- hand over Swedish Christmas kit to the neighbours
- tidy up the apartment
- host the Swedish Christmas dinner with friends
- write the last Christmas emails
- put photos on my USB-key so that I can blog from Europe about the cruise etc
- call my grandparents
- make sure O comes back from the office on time on Wednesday morning…
… before we leave for Spain on Wednesday at 13.10, arriving in Madrid at 9.40 on Christmas Eve morning. It is 265 km from the airport to O’s parents’ village so we will arrive in time for lunch (one of O’s brothers is picking us up by car).
I should write about the other islands we visited during the cruise but it will just have to wait (hence the saving of holiday photos on a usb-key)… In the mean time, I hope that you enjoy will these photos of “Christmas in the Caribbean” (see more posts and photos from previous years under that category).
A few weeks ago when I had friends over late in the afternoon, we head some noise from the street so we went down to see what was going on… It was a Christmas procession (by car, of course, we are after all in Puerto Rico!!) including parranda* singing and handing out of footballs to the children!
Parranda in the streets – not the best quality, but it gives you an idea of how it can sound…
My blog friend Emma who lives in Aberdeen came up with the great idea of a Xmas present exchange among the Swedish [expats or not] bloggers, and last week I received my present – from the initiator herself!
*) I never know if I should spell it “paranda” or “parranda” – a Puerto Rican Christmas tradition to sing and play (maracas, güiro and palitos (wooden sticks) – see the film above). I was actually woken up one night on the cruise by people doing a parranda in the corridor at 01 in the morning. Fortunately it was a short one 😉 – That the tradition is usually to wake people up was probably not appreciated by the non-Puerto Rican passengers…