Life's Cup of Tea

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Life: A hop across the road

Today for the first time in a very long time, I walked across the road, 30 seconds down the lane and down the pier on the other side of that road. I've lived here for almost 5 months, and it has taken me until now to walk that 30 seconds and into what felt like a totally different place than my little house. Isn't it strange? I've been all over the island, I'm desperate to get off whenever I can, yet I still hadn't been to this quiet little spot so close to home!

There is something magical about living so close to the sea. I love the clanging of the ships masts from my window, the sound of the seagulls (real seagulls not the pests that live miles inland and eat all the delights from my rubbish bin) and the smell. Not too chipper about the constant layer of salt that seems to cover my car!

I need to make a conscious effort to get out and about more locally. Seeing as my chances of going abroad this year are pretty slim, I'm going to celebrate staycationing. All thanks to a trip across the road!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Travel : A year in wanderlust

Sat here in cold, wet blightly with the horrific realisation that now my travel dreams are going to have to take place in the uber-expensive school holidays, I realise just how lucky I have been this year in getting out and about in the world. It's been no Australia or Belize as in previous years but oh my, it has been a good un!

Romantic Oslo Weekend | My Christmas present from The Man was a weekend in Oslo! Fabulous! I was not expecting it all and it was one of the most amazing trips ever. The temperature peaked on our last day to around -10C, so I was super appreciative of my new snow boots and thermal tops and leggings! It was so cold that my breath was freezing to my hair, but it was so cold, we almost didn't really feel that cold if that makes sense? All the snow made the city look beautiful and magical and I fell even more in love with Scandanavia.

New York City Break | This was a long weekend trip with the famalam. I was supposed to head on up to Washington DC after NYC, but my new job meant I had to jet home quickly. New York was as magical as I had imagined: the lights, the shops, the food (definitely came back a good few pounds weightier). NYC was a wonderful introduction into the good old USA - a place I can't wait to get to know a little better. 

Mediterranean Backpacking |  I had a month free between jobs so decided to pack up my trusty pack once more and head to South France and into Italy (which despite my love for the food, I have never been to) taking in Monaco, Vatican and San Marino en-route. This was the longest I have ever travelled totally alone for and there were periods of loneliness, but I am not going to lie, I loved having me time! I loved eating crepes for breakfast, lunch AND dinner one day. And I loved not being judged having Carbonara for the 3rd evening running. Despite my previous angst at eating alone, by the end of the trip I was spending well over an hour alone with a book and glass of wine in hand just watching the world go by.