Scotland or Germany for the holidays?

For the past week or so, N. and I have been trying to decide where to spend the holidays. We are both off work over Christmas and New Year’s and it will be the first time we get to spend more than five days together.

Months ago, N. came up with the idea of me spending New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh because Hogmanay in Edinburgh is world-famous, and it would be fun for me to experience that. Since then, I found out that I would be off work between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and we have decided to spend all of the holidays together.

For me it was really hard to decide whether I would prefer spending the holidays in Germany or in Scotland. Both options seemed to have pros and cons.

I love being in Scotland and getting to experience Hogmanay sounds great. I have never spent Christmas anywhere but Germany and I thought that I might be able to get some paperwork done for my upcoming move.

On the other hand, N. has never spent Christmas in Germany, and while he has a flatmate, I live in my own apartment. We would have a lot more space and privacy here. Having spent time together in both places, my apartment definitely allows for a more “normal” time, we can cook together, watch a movie together, all without having to be considerate of anyone else.

And then of course, if everything goes well with my move to Scotland next spring, I will be in Scotland for Christmas and New Year’s Eve next year anyway. This year would be my last Christmas in Germany, and the last chance to just see my parents for Christmas. Of course I could still fly home for the holidays, but it would not be as simple as it is now.

So after lots of thinking, mostly on my part, hah, we have settled on Germany. In the end, it doesn’t really matter though, as long as we get to spend the holidays together.

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