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December 2021

December was a really fast moving month. I had my booster, I finished the first term, we went to London for a few days in holiday, and, of course, I had work and the celebrations. I will share a few highlights from December. With limited time I couldn’t post about all the exciting places we’ve been to, such as Westminster Abbey and Hampton Court, but I will talk about them next month. Also, next month I’m going to share a lot of reviews for vegan restaurants I’ve been to this year but didn’t manage to talk about.

Gift from the landlord

At the start of the month a Christmas party was organised for the tenants by our landlord, in London, but I missed it as I was back home in Liverpool. Imagine my delight to see that she left a lovely Christmas cracker at my door for me. That’s so thoughtful.


We celebrated finishing the first term at King’s. I blogged about this, so check the link if you fancy to see more about my experience at KCL. I was back in Liverpool, so we went to our favourite fast-food place which also serves amazing cocktails.


After I finished my term we went to London for a few days on holiday. It was wonderful. On the way there we played for a bit, which is not what I usually do (read or work), so a nice change.

waterbus trip

We tried the waterbus, taken from the Tower to Embankment. I am not a fan of boats so I’m not sure why I keep going to these kind of trips. It was a change from the tube or bus and we could use our Oysters, so it’s more something to try once.

Fortnum and Mason

Besides the museums we’ve been to and the restaurants we had lunch in, we also went shopping. Covent Garden was buzzing with people and it was lovely. We also went to Selfridges, Liberty, Fortnum & Mason, and Harrods (they are in order of preference with the best last). We got a few things from each place, such as delicious confit fruits from F&M which we had for Christmas, you can see them in the post about Christmas.

I should say that despite the covid situation and with us being in constant crowds, we did not get covid. I bought medical grade masks, changed them after a few hours, or used two masks, both indoors and outdoors. With hand washing and masks, we avoided contracting the disease. As we only had our booster with a day before going to London, we were aware that the immunity didn’t have time to build, so the extra measures were ok. My husband was busy on the last day, so I took a shift at a covid vaccination centre and so I’ve interacted with a few hundred people only at that site. Getting a negative covid test was, thus, a bit of a pleasant surprise.


1. Christmas tree. 2. Flowers. 3. Puzzle making. 4. Vegan delivery. 5. I’m enjoying the standard premium. 6. Surprise from the manager, at the flat in London. 7. Presentation. 8. London beautiful while it rains. 9. Huera Christmas sandwich. 10. A Christmas “tree” at the London flat, ready for Christmasy celebrations. 11. This turmeric latte with a snowman on top from Wild Root was so lovely. 12. Max Verstappen won!! I can’t believe it!! 13. Another puzzle and a new idea, of mounting them for decor. 14. Celebrating the end of the first term at King’s College. 15. Booster celebration, cake, of course. 16. London. 17. Christmas at the Tower of London. 18. I got Pickled Brussels Sprouts from F&M for Christmas. 19. Stardust trail at Hampton Court. 20. Covent Garden. 21. Harrods 🥰 22. Back home. 23. A big puzzle, 3000 pieces, of London. 24. Ready to open the last gifts. 25. Christmas. 26. Enjoying Snow by Pamuk. 27. Don’t Look Up! 28. Flowers started to appear in the garden. 29. The puzzle is going great. 30. Books in December, including A Short History of War. 31. Happy New Year!

I managed to read only 3 books this month, taking it to a total of 89 for the year, less than my goal of 100, but pretty decent considering all that happened this year and the time I have available for reading. This will change in the new year and I think I will be able to do my target of 100 books in 2022.

Books I read in December:
A Short History of War by Jeremy Black – 5 stars
The Secret History of the Roman Roads of Britain by M.C. Bishop – 5 stars
Snow by Orhan Pamuk – 4.5 stars

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14 Comment

  1. Sounds like December was a good month for you, finishing off your first term and visiting lots of places around London. Glad you have managed to avoid catching Covid – long may that last! The Stardust Trail at Hampton Court looked interesting. #project365

  2. December is always such a busy month isn’t it? Glad to hear that the trip to London went well and all those extra measures worked. I must admit we had avoided London over Christmas until we had no choice to go to the theatre or loose our tickets for that reason. I would love to visit West Minister Abbey so look forward to hearing all about it.
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  3. What an eventful, busy month for you. Looks like you enjoyed all the London at Christmas sights, visiting all the iconic shops. Did you like the pickled brussels sprouts? The 3000-piece jigsaw puzzle looks fabulous. The biggest puzzles I’ve done were for 1,500 pieces. I imagine 3000 would take me forever to finish.
    You might have read less than planned, but give yourself credit, you study and have to write essays. The book on the Roman roads sounds interesting.

    1. I liked the pickled sprouts, but I like sprouts anyway. We also had fried and roasted Brusells sprouts too. 🙂
      The 3000 piece puzzle is nearly done! It’s gorgeous.

  4. It looks like you had a lovely December. We went to London a few times and also pleased to say we stayed covid free. My husband also had his booster the day before we went. I wanted to see more of the Christmas lights so will have to plan that for another year. We have never tried the waterbus. My son however does make us go on the cable car which I’m really not sure about!

  5. It looks like a wonderful and very full month. I’m glad you two had time to enjoy some of London that isn’t school-related (exactly, maybe peripherally!) and boy, is that Fortnum’s store decoration like an advent calendar fun and clever! Onward to 2022!

  6. December did go by quickly, but honestly, I feel like the entire year did. You really had a busy month and I’m looking forward to your posts in January telling us more about it. And I believe you owe us two book reviews, unless I missed those for the latter two books you mentioned. 😉 I’m especially interested in the one on Roman Roads of Britain.

    Wish you both all the best in the coming year!
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    1. I didn’t review the last two books, I will do that these days. The Roman Roads was so fascinating, I loved it. 🙂
      Happy New Year!

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