Hey everyone! First of all, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you continue enjoying the rest of the holidays. I flew back to my hometown, Blanes in Spain, just in time for Christmas eve. I feel very fortunate to be able to come home and find everything just the way it was when I left my country about five years ago.

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The only downside of the trip is the jet lag. It feels like I haven’t slept in a couple days, since I leave New York in the afternoon, and when I land in Spain it is the morning of the next day already. I’m not one of those people who can sleep on the plane (thanks cute crying babies in my seat row!) so I feel exhausted the first days after the flights. However, I am lucky enough that my town is very relaxing and it is a pleasure to walk around even if tired. In fact, I had a nice walk that same evening before the big dinner of Christmas Eve.

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On a side note, I would like to mention that I was shocked to see my brother. He has always been that little brother of mine, but now he’s become that guy who really looks like me!

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I’ve always needed a few days to adapt to the Spanish time zone, and that may or may not be the reason why I’ve been waking up around 3pm these days! In my defense, I only get to sleep after 5am… I hope in the next days I get the courage to wake up when the alarm rings so I can enjoy longer days here!

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Of course, it is not as warm as it was in  summer, but it’s way warmer than winter in NYC so I am taking advantage of these days before I go back to battle the bitter cold January of the city!

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One more thing that was heartwarming to see was the Christmas log. Which is our Christmas tradition in Catalonia. As bizarre as it might sound, it’s a log that has a face and we “feed” for a few days before Christmas. On the night of the 24th, we gather around the Christmas log, and beat it with sticks while singing a song. Then we lift the blanket that covers the back of the log and find all the presents that the Christmas log has “pooped” for the children. Really beautiful.

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Again, I hope you’re all enjoying the holidays and my best wishes go for you and your loved ones! Thanks for reading and see you soon!

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About José Navarro

I grew up in Barcelona, Spain. I moved to New York City to get my BBA in International Business at Berkeley College after studying Advertising and Public Relations in my country and in Tallinn, Estonia. I love traveling; it's my biggest passion. I like learning about new cultures and traditions. I consider myself to be a very positive and active person.

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