2017 was a bit of a funny year – absolutely awesome in someways, mighty meh in others. I’m all about that positive life though and 2018 is going to be THE YEAR – I’m gonna win the lottery, quit my job and go travelling for ever more, just you wait… BUT I thought before that happens, I’d do a little reflection back on the amazing things that happened in 2017.
Whilst my body feels a little bit like it’s been chained to my desk for a full 365 days, I actually had some awesome travel adventures last year and ticked off so many places on my bucket list…
I kicked off January with a week long trip to Scotland with work – travelling from Edinburgh to Glasgow to Dundee with my girl Soph. We had an absolute blast, got to watch Trainspotting 2 surrounded by people who sound like Begby and had some of the biggest giggles of my year. Just don’t talk about the Dundee Holiday Inn Express.
My girlfriends and I always hire a cottage for a weekend at the beginning of the year, and in February we headed to hovel-turned-hipster-hangout Margate. I laughed non stop, had long walks by the sea, played board games until my wrist actually hurt from rolling the dice, and consumed my body weight in gin. What more could you ask for.
In March two of my best friends from Summer Camp, Lauren and Sarah (yep, Sarah from Chicago) came to stay. We had an amazing week – first exploring London, checking out Notting Hill and the Boat Race, then Sarah and I headed up to Bath for a few days. I’ve wanted to tick Bath off my bucket list for the longest time and we had so much fun exploring, catching up and even venturing out to the Cotswolds for all the thatched roof cottage shots. The most British of adventures! Sarah has also since quit her job and gone off travelling the world – so go check out her Instagram for some serious wanderlust – @saraheheller. Homegirl is also one of the funniest people I’ve ever met so spice up 2018 with a bit of Heller in your life.
In August I hit up Milan. It had never been on my Wanderlust List, but my god it was beautiful! An exciting trip in itself, I went with the guy I’d been dating for 6 weeks (It went well. He’s now my boyfriend. More on him later.) We had an amazing couple of days, strolling through the city with our cameras (he loves photography too), marvelling at the architecture and eating at some of the most incredible places. We even did a day trip to Lake Como which was simply stunning. Blue water, bright sunshine, cold beer. What’s not to love?
Probably my biggest travelling adventure of all – I packed my bags and did a solo trip to South Africa to volunteer on a game reserve for 2 weeks. I shit you not, it was one of the most mind blowing and life changing experiences I’ve ever encountered and far exceeded all my expectations. I saw some of the most beautiful animals and scenery, met some amazing people, learnt so much, and helped contribute to the white rhino anti poaching project. There will be a whole post (or 10….) dedicated to this, so get ready to have The Lion King soundtrack stuck in your head for the next few weeks. NANTS INGONYAMA BAGITHI BABA. You are welcome.
I also managed to sneak in a cheeky city break to another of a long time Wanderlust List lurker – Berlin. I’d been once before when at school on German exchange, but remember absolutely nothing other than sneaking beers into the school disco and the horrible real zebra hide rug my host family had. Grim. I’ve always wanted to go back as an adult and photograph the iconic city. And photograph we did (sorry not sorry for all the Insta spam). I have also never had such an informative trip before – I learnt SO MUCH. Having never studied history properly in school (we literally learnt about castles for 3 years – useful) my mind was truly opened in Berlin. I don’t remember the last time I learnt so much in such a short space of time! Of course, we also had some incredible food, enjoyed the start of the famous Berlin Christmas festivities and had quite a lot of white wine.
2017 saw me fall in love – hello Andy! He’s big into food, travel and photography (and has even got on the Harry Potter bandwagon – hashtag keeper), so I’m sure you’ll see him pop up on my adventures here.
2017 was definitely been the year of the amazing food. From an exceedingly boozy brunch at Roka with the girls in January (I still cringe at the thought of that hangover) to a bespoke 12 course tasting menu in Milan, Michelin starred sea food in Berlin, and some incredible meals in London (I’m particularly thinking of you Aqua Kyoto and Saltyard) my taste buds have been well and truly tickled. Andy’s a chef, and as well as making me some ridiculously good homemade pizzas, we’ve eaten in some incredible places this year and I’m super excited for more foodie adventures in 2018.
After 14 years procrastination, I finally learnt and passed my driving test in March (first time I might add – insert sassy girl emoji). It was a bloody long and expensive process and I’m not going to lie to you, I had hissy fits like no 30 year old should have, but I’m so glad I finally got this life skill under my belt. I’ve had a blast driving around and about and it’s been great to be able to take my dad out in the car and give him a bit more freedom too.
So there you go, a few highlights of my 2017. Maybe it was a pretty awesome year after all! I am planning on blogging about some of these adventures in more depth, but if there’s anything you particularly want to read about let me know. I’ve also been putting together all my plans and aims for 2018, so will get these up here at the end of the week.