Christmas in Australia vs. London: Why I’d take the beach any day

I was excited to finally live out all the traditional Christmas activities I’d only ever seen in the movies.

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Visiting a Christmas market was high up on our bucket list.
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When my UK visa was accepted near the middle of last year, my mind went straight to glistening Christmas lights, markets, tacky jumpers, and cozy fires. 

This was also the case for two of my close Aussie friends, who used my move from Melbourne to London as an excuse to test out a European-style Christmas.

After their flights were booked, we speculated over whether London would really live up to our expectations.

Now, after having my first cold Christmas, I can safely say the movies have it all wrong.

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