The beginning of the year has flown by, I can’t believe it’s already March (but still freezing cold!) January is always a tough month, the first week at work after the holidays is a grind and the nights are so long. Fortunately, they’ve been getting shorter and now it’s not pitch dark when I leave work in the evenings.
We flew home from the USA the first week of January, potentially (and hopefully) our last transatlantic flight before the move. I forget how exhausting it is and then remember how much I dislike the Philadelphia airport and that the novelty of free food on the flight wears off quickly. Our journey back, like most of our travel on the trip, was filled with flight cancellations and plenty of time on the phone with American Airlines. The most bizarre being when our flight from Bradley International Airport was cancelled and we were put in a taxi for an hour to Tweed airport, which only operates 2 commercial flights a day and has only vending machines for sustenance. We made our connection in Philly though!
At the end of January, we headed south to Madrid for some sun and tapas! It was a great trip, though not as warm as I expected.
In early February, we headed to Courchevel, France for a week of skiing! Friends from the US and UK joined us for our first experience in a catered chalet and the French alps. The conditions were glorious and the wine was unlimited… what more can you ask for? (Blog post on this coming soon!)
We visited Vienna and Bratislava for a long weekend-it was freezing cold but there was plenty of beer and cafes to keep us warm. Posts on both of these great cities are coming soon!
The weekend trips are fast and furious now, as we only have 9 months left in the UK! We’ve just booked a trip to Budapest for the summer, and are trying to decide between Warsaw, Gdansk, Porto, Belgrade and Vilnius for other summer destinations. (Any experience or suggestions!?)
We’re also prepping for our week long Romania adventure, and trying to get everything sorted for the trip to the World Cup in Russia. Our fan passes came in, and we’ve booked our free train travel but I’m still working out exactly how to tackle the sights in Moscow, and what to do in Kazan.
I’ve signed up for the Berlin Marathon in September, and then got the shocking news that I’d gotten in the lottery for the New York marathon as well. So it looks like there’s a lot of miles ahead this summer.
It’s really hard to believe we’ll be heading ‘home’ so soon. I have mixed feelings about it still, it will be a huge adjustment after living in Cumbria for 4 years, making friends and getting used to the British way of life. I’m worried that adjusting to life in America will be just as hard as it was adjusting to life here in the beginning! But we’ve got months of travel and hopefully weekends out in the lakes ahead before I really have to start worrying!
Coming up in March is a trip to sunny Sicily for hiking, volcanoes and lots of food! We’re also heading to Romania on a train/road trip!