My biggest trip this year was not that far in physical distance but represented a major change in my life. In February I moved in with my boyfriend which was exciting and, as it turned out, not too dramatic! But I have been on a few more interesting journies this year too.
Victoria and Albert Museum Cafe
In March, I received an early birthday present from my mum in the form of a trip to London. We took an early(ish) train down there and headed to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which I always seem to end up at when I visit our fair capital. We left early so that we could see a bit of London, mainly just the walk from the V and A to the train station but still…
Manhattan from The High Line
April 3rd this year was my 30th birthday so we took a special trip to America. We hit New York checking and Washington DC. Highlights include checking out The High Line (an old railroad turned park), taking a trip out to Brooklyn, $4 a slice pizza, The Capitol Building which I fell in love with, and The Postal Museum (no, really, I love stamps). The major lowlight were a three day migraine :(, the torrential rain, and being harassed by a waitress for not tipping her enough.
After a big (expensive) trip to the US we spent our summer holiday in a very rainy Edinburgh. I guess it was classic British summer weather but it was still quite miserable, we were soaked as soon as we arrived. We managed to climb up to Aurthur’s Seat, eat sushi, and enjoy a stroll through the Botanical Gardens so not all bad. Also got to see my sister and niece!
National Art Museum
For my mum’s birthday, which is in December, mum, sister and I took a trip to Riga, Latvia in October. Anyway, it was very cold but enjoyable. We visited the National Art Museum and the, slightly less cheerful, Museum of Occupation. The Eastern Bloc countries had such horrible experiences in the second half of the 20th century! Riga has a lovely old town to explore, and I recommend crossing the river to visit the National Library.
Sunset over Greenwich Observatory
I finished my 2017 travels the same way I started with a trip to London. We celebrated boyfriend’s birthday there in November. Another holiday, another illness befalls me. Not really an illness but I had period pains throughout this getaway that seriously undermined my enjoyment, and put me in a slightly grumpy mood. But we got to visit the Greenwich Observatory and see a Planetarium show, checked out a bunch of museums, bought expensive chocolate at Fortnum and Mason, and experience my first crushed avocado with poached egg on toast.