A Holiday Wish from Afar

Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
Trip End Jun 16, 2013

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

This is a special time of year regardless of your religion, culture or placement in the hemispheres. The light changes, seasonal holidays occur, the international calendar enters a new year and people everywhere are inclined to take a break from work or at least celebrate something, often centered around family and food, during the late days of December.

Facebook has kept us (thankfully) in touch with family and friends from home who are in the full throes of the preparations and celebrations of Christmas and New Year. Having been in 4 countries in the past couple of weeks we are witnessing the customs and cultural ways of expressing what is important at this time of year.

With the primarily Buddhist population and the heat in Cambodia, our holiday season will be different from normal and we invite that with open arms along with a pang or two of thoughts of home. We will spend Christmas Day at Angkor Wat (a Hindu temple built in the early 12th century, the largest religious complex in the world and a World Heritage Site) experiencing the wonder and inherent potential of humankind and our spirituality.

We have seen and experienced so much this past year and are filled with gratitude and love for our family, our friends and the many lives that have touched us. 

May this season bring you joy, peace and the wonder of our world in all its forms.

Much love to all, Donna and Jim
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Jane on

Much happiness and warm hugs to you both. We welcomed the solcist in Whistler BC with our family together, enjoying the 72 cms of snow received in 48 hours, the crisp mountain air and the lights of the Village. Lights seem to be one of those often important cross traditional elements of wonder and warmth. May you find your way, lit by the light of those around you and your own compassion and purpose togeher. Wouldn't that alone, be enough to fuel peace and wonder in the world!

Nora on

All the best to you and Jim. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. I have really enjoyed reading your posts and living the life along with you both, of a world traveller. take care. thank you for all the wonderful adventure.

Wendy on

Ken and Debbie will be blasting through on the 27th (hopefully) and we are all getting together at Jack and Brenda's for brunch(ish). We will definitely be thinking of you and discussing your blogs. You'll be in our hearts.
Much love.

Peter Delefes on

HI Jim and Donna, I've enjoyed the commentary and pictures of your odyssey. Best wishes for your Christmas in Cambodia and good luck with your on-going journey. Regards,, Peter Delefes

Tony and Anita on

wishing you all the best for the holiday season. I am sure you could find a lobster or crayfish for Christmas eve!!


Margy on

Donna and Jim I hope you enjoy your holiday what ever it is. You have given your readers a real gift taking us along on your journey. May the New Year bring open roads and wonderful hostels.

gaye wishart on

Donna & Jim, I've so enjoyed my vicarious travels through your great blog and amazing photos! Much love from Halifax, Check out this link - Jim, not too late to start dancing as your trip continues! x0


joanne sembinelli on

Hi Donna and Jim

Happy Holidays. Been following u guys and life is good.

Love Jojo and Roddy xoxo

Debbie Parker on

Jim and Donna, all the best for the holidays. I have enjoyed all of your photos and travel writings immensely -- it's the next best thing to being there. Thanks for sharing this with all of us back home. Can't wait to hear what's next!

Sue Walker on

Good Morning world travellers,
Thank you for sharing your adventures, we look so forward to catching up, and seeing what you are up to. Have a HEALTHY, HAPPY LOVE filled South East Asia experience. We think about you both everyday. Our hearts and souls are with you on your amazing journey! Love Sue xo Fantabulous pics Jim WOW

Shawna on

Jim and Donna! Thanks for the updates and photos! It has been wonderful to follow your journey over the last months through the highs and lows. Those lows are what help us appreciate everything in life and future travels. Continue to enjoy and share your adventures. Happy New Year!!

Sylvia Fairchild on

Happy New Year Donna and Jim! I am soooo enjoying following you on your adventures. Can't think of a better way to pass a snowy, cold New Year's Eve Day than sipping my coffee as I read (and reread) through all of your postings. Stay safe, healthy and happy. Hugs, Sylvia and Wayne

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