This is the time in the western world when we think about Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year. It’s a time to be with family and to reach out to old friends. Today we received Christmas Greetings from two families in England, both of which we met through home exchange, one in 2001, the other 2004. We stay in touch with most former swap partners; five of these families have seen us in California subsequent to our trade. We have visited six families in Europe from previous home exchange vacations. Roger and Liz have hosted us twice in Wales and given us lunch at their second home in France. We were pleased that they stayed with us a few days in May this year.
The weeks immediately before Christmas are not the time to be looking for a summer house swap. The week between Christmas and New Year is ideal for sending and receiving home exchange inquiries for the summer to come as is January.
We have booked back to back 3 week home exchange vacations for July to mid-August 2012. I will be talking more about that later. Didier and I wish you happy holidays and a prosperous New Year!