Christmas holiday聖誕旅遊

在西方社會,聖誕節傳統上是跟家人聚會的大日子。臺灣正好相反,聖誕節不是假期,還要繼續上班上學。

Christmas is traditionally spent catching up with family and loved ones especially those that we don’t normally see much during the year.  In Taiwan, Christmas is not a public holiday, so everybody still has to go to school or work unless it falls on a Sunday like this year.  Having said that, many shopping malls still put up delightful Xmas decorations so people can still enjoy the festive season.

雖然如此,四周商場仍然有很多五光十色燦爛奪目的聖誕裝飾,好讓大家在這個沒假放的日子也可以感受到聖誕氣氛。

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I haven’t seen my family from UK for many months, so Xmas is a perfect time to catch up and go away on another family holiday.   A few years ago 16 of us went away on a Norway and Iceland cruise, and last year 9 of us drove around Kyushu in Japan for 8 days.  This year 9 of us are going to do a tour around Taiwan.  I started to plan the trip 2 months ago, researching for interesting hotels, eateries and sight seeing spots, with the hope of avoiding the mass tourist at the same time.  Although Xmas is not a holiday in Taiwan, this beautiful island still attracts many tourists, particularly from neighbouring countries, hopefully we won’t bump into too many of them during our trip.

我已有很多個月沒有跟英國的家人見面,所以就趁聖誕期間安排一個臺灣環島遊。繼2012年一行16人北歐之旅,及去年一行9人日本九州自駕遊之後,又一次合家歡旅行。早在兩個月前我已開始搜集資料計劃行程,找些較有在地特色的旅館,食市及觀光點,希望不會碰到太多其他遊客。雖然臺灣不是假期但或多或少也會有鄰近地區的人來渡假。

This year we decided to hire a mini bus and driver to save us the hassle of driving around the island ourselves.  This morning we set off to our first stop Tainan, and I couldn’t believe my eyes when the bus pulled up to pick us up.  A massive 27 seater complete with on board TV and karaoke just for the 9 of us!  This is going to be fun, we can party around the island this Xmas!

這次我們是4兄弟姐妹9人行,決定包一台車連司機,不用自己開車,可以玩得更輕鬆點。今天早上出發第一站到台南,遊覽車來接我們時,把我嚇一跳。車子很大,是輛27座位!還有影音設備,可以在車上開聖誕派對噢!看來今次旅遊一定會玩得很開心喔!

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