The Transnistria parliament building with a statue of Lenin out front. In the city of Tiraspol, Transnistria. Photo taken December 9, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas on the Road

Merry Christmas!

Just a little different post today as we take a look back at the places we've spent Christmas day since leaving Ottawa in the fall of 2007.

This is our 8th Christmas on the road! Back in 2007 we were on our first ever motorhome excursion to Mexico. We had driven down into Baja California and we spent Christmas on the beach with our friends Glen and Steve from the U.K.

Christmas morning 2007!

Ruth, Glen, and Kevin at Christmas Dinner, Baja beach style!

The winter of 2008 also had us traveling Mexico with our friends Glen and Steve, however this time we were in mainland Mexico. We had almost made it to the beaches of the Mayan Riviera near Cancun...but not quite!

Steve, Glen, and Ruth. Oh, and our dog Whiskey, under the table! Christmas 2008.

2009 was the year Ruth's Mom passed away and we had stayed up north that fall. We decided to take the little blue car on a quick road trip to Nova Scotia to visit with our daughter and her husband and his families. We picked up our son along the way from where he was going to school in New York state, and we were off!

Ruth and Kevin. Christmas 2009 in Nova Scotia.

In 2010, we were back on the road in Mexico! This time, traveling with just the two of us and Sherman our motorhome. we wanted to experience Christmas with our friends in Puerto Escondido, and our son Alex flew down to Acapulco to meet us there.

Christmas Eve dinner with our friends in Puerto Escondido.

In the evening, we went to a little church in a small town and took part in the celebrations there.

We were even given the opportunity to take a few hits on the pinata!

Christmas of 2011 was extra special. It was our first Christmas with a grandchild! Yes, grandson Cameron was born in April of that year, and even though we didn't spend Christmas with him, we thought of him a lot that day. Of course a child of that age doesn't even know it's Christmas, but that doesn't mean he can't participate!

Grandson Cameron's first Christmas. Age 9 months.

Meanwhile, we were having our own great Christmas. We had returned to one of our favourite places in Mexico, Hacienda Contreras RV Park. We had a fun time with owners Barb and Sal, and the other campers who showed up that year.

Christmas Day, 2011.

In December of 2012, we were back at Hacienda Contreras, for one of the best Christmas parties ever! There were quite a few friends at the park that year, including Chris and Juan who we are currently visiting with!

Wow! What a great party for Christmas 2012!

2013 was very different for us. We were 10,000 miles away from any of our friends and family! We ended up at a beautiful spot in Namibia, Africa. Christmas Eve was spent at the Canyon Roadhouse, and Christmas day we traveled to the fantastic Canyon Lodge. We had Christmas pretty much alone, but it was sure a beautiful spot to enjoy it.

Christmas Day, 2013 in Namibia, Africa.

This year, we're once again in Mexico enjoying Christmas with friends. Just a small celebration, but that's okay too. 

Christmas Eve Happy hour with Colin and ContessaChris and Juan, and Rae Crothers

Merry Christmas!

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42 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to you both! A lot of great memories to look back on!

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    1. Thank you Teresa, sure hope you, Derek and Cassia had a fantastic Christmas too!

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  2. I think it's fun to look back at memories.

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    1. We agree, and just think how much fun it will be to look back on them in 20 years or so!

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  3. Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing your travels.

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    1. Thank you Page, and we hope that you had a Merry Christmas too!

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    1. We sure did, too bad that you weren't able to be here to join us, we sure missed you both!

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  5. Doesn't matter where you are on Christmas, it's always a special day. Nice post, well done and Merry Christmas to you both!

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    1. Thank you very much Paul and Marti, and you are right they are all special in one way or another.

      Hoping you both had a Merry Christmas as well!

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  6. Merry Christmas, hanging out with fellow bloggers and friends.

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    1. Merry Christmas to both you and Suzie as well! Thank you George.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you as well Renate!

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  8. It was nice to finally meet up yesterday.

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    1. Isn't it nice to put a face to a name?! Hoping we will get a chance to see each other again before we leave.

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  9. Great post of Christmases past! Nice to be sharing Christmas 2014 with you.

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    1. Thank you Contessa and thank you so much for inviting us to join in on the Christmas festivities, you were a wonderful hostess!

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    1. Merry Christmas to both you and Al as well

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  11. and a very Merry Christmas to both of you... nice flashback to past Christmases

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    1. Thank you heyduke50! Hoping that you both had a wonderful Christmas as well!

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  12. Merry Christmas Kevin and Ruth! May 2015 bring you all sorts of wonderful experiences and countries!

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    1. Thank you Cheapchick, and the same to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you Dianne, and Merry Christmas to both you and John!

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  14. Merry Christmas. Quiet time with good friends. My kind of day.

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    1. Thank you Jim and Sandie. Not sure that I would say that it was a quite one though! Hoping you both and a wonderful Christmas too.

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  15. Merry Christmas Everyone, Safe Travels for All ~ With an even better New Year! God Bless Ya'll!

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    1. Merry Christmas to both you and Geraldine. Sure hope you had a good one.

      Not sure if Kevin sent you and email or not but we really think that you would love the Lo de Marcos area. If you are interested in it just email Kevin and he can give you a little info on it and where to possibly stay.

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  16. Great idea for a Christmas post. Really fun to read. I just love the picture of Cameron as the present.

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    1. Thanks Sherry and we love that photo of Cameron too! :-)

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  17. Interesting to revisit Christmas's past! That was a nice gathering of blogging friends you had this year, Merry Christmas to you from the great wet north!

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    1. Thank you Esther, it is fun to look aback and see where we have sent previous Christmases.

      It won't be long and you will be heading south yourselves!

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  18. Nice to be able to get around and do different things with different people. The picture of Cameron is too cool! Yep, some good memories in there.

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    1. Thanks Chris and we totally agree, it makes each Christmas interesting.

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  19. Christmas past and Christmas present all wrapped up in a single post! Brilliant!
    Merry Christmas Kevin and Ruth...

    Cheers!

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    1. Thank you Peter, and we hope that you had a fantastic Christmas as well!

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  20. Merry Christmas you you both, all the way from Yeosu, South Korea. Enjoy your travels, smile often, and keep it up! Happy Trails. -Tom & Elicia

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    1. Thank you Tom and Elicia! We hope you had a real fun last Christmas in Korea as well. Won't be much longer and you will be off exploring yourselves, enjoy the new year that is ahead of you.

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  21. We try to recap each year but this year had to dig out the diary to fill in one gap which turned out to be in Australia! Still rate the first Mexico Christmas at Mulege as one of the best.

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    1. Isn't it nice to look back on them all. Yes, we agree that was a special Christmas and also one of our favourites.

      Hope that you and Steve had a fabulous Christmas this year.

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