I love taking road trips. Ever since my trip around Isle of Skye in the winter of 2014, that is all I ever want to do - get into a car and just drive. I have driven around Cornwall, dodging bad weather during a very hopeful hot summer. The ability to avoid the rain in various parts of Devon and Cornwall excited me. This trip is of course also where I found out that I was pregnant with my first child - best memories ever! The next road trip was Morocco in 2016 but it is such a big country that we were not able to cover the whole lot. Iceland in 2016 was also a road trip and much smaller. We covered a lot of ground and toured the entire country so after looking at the EU map, Portugal seemed ideal for a family holiday and road trip. Portugal is small. You can drive down the coast and enjoy the beaches within 3 weeks, and that is exactly what we did.
It was spring time. It was cloudy. It was drizzling. But I did not care. It was the first time that I was taking my mother and my child to Paris. Three generations travelling together for the first time.
I visited Amsterdam for the first time in my entire life in May. It is a less than 2 hour flight and there are even direct trains that run from London to Amsterdam but surprisingly, I had never visited. I always thought that Amsterdam was for bachelor’s parties/stag do’s. I thought it was a place that you went to get stoned. I based my view on a stereotype, which is unlike me, as I travel a lot and have learnt throughout my travels that people, cities and cultures never match their stereotype. As part of my tribute to Brexit, I decided that Amsterdam would be on my travel list for spring/summer.
During maternity leave, I found it quite difficult second time around as I did not have the same network of new mothers as I did as a first time mum. I spend a lot of my time either at home or at baby events, where it was hard to make new friends. To be fair, both my children were very manageable babies, thanks to Gina Ford’s routine (If you are a new mum, buy her book or get it from the library), but I found my days were slow and monotonous. I decided to travel into Europe with my little one to break the monotony and as a tribute to the impending Brexit.
Since buying our new house, I have been putting together a book of ideas for how I want to decorate the house, which pieces of furniture inspire me, what flowers and plants I would like to grow in my garden. I guess it is a mood board on a grand scale. Whilst looking for inspiration, I found a trend that I had been aware of over the past few years but it never interested me until now. I am not tech-savvy at all. Of course I know how to work a smartphone but if you bet money on me connecting cable to a television or a PlayStation to the internet, you would lose your money in a flash. I am clueless!