Really, the only difference between the 31st of December and the 1st of January is only a ticking movement of a clock’s second hand and the boom of explosives lighting up the air but it feels so poignant, so heavy with expectation that we all feel the need to mark it some way, as if we will be new people as soon as that hand judders to a stop.
Happy New Year! It’s the next year of our lives. Let’s make it memorable!
The boy and I have never really all out celebrated New Years – we don’t fancy shelling out extra for overhyped, packed bars heaving with merrymakers, we don’t really set resolutions and we have occasionally just gone to bed early or lost ourselves in a movie overlapping the years.
One year we braved the London Embankment for the most incredible firework display, last year we picked an excellent spot on the Auckland waterfront (I’m always so weirdly proud that New Zealand sees the new year in so early and always message my friends at home to check there haven’t been any bad portents we need warning of) and have enjoyed a fair few house parties over the years where corks pop and glasses clink.
But why all the blather about this year? I think because it could hold some rather exciting possibilities *insert cliched vagarity here*. It could also just be a normal year that we live as best we can without managing to throw ominous shade on 12 fresh months of prospective promise.
Also, does anyone else wake up sometimes at 2am and write weirdly introspective posts about the end of a year? No? Ok, cool.
Anywho, this month’s January Travel Linkup as per tradition is all about wishlists and plans for the year of adventures ahead (and perhaps even a few of our favorite 2016 travels). If I’m being 100% honest, I want to travel absolutely everywhere – but that’s nothing new. Angie and I are also welcoming the delicious Polly as a permanent co-host – with a bevy of co-hosts as the year unfolds.
In 2017 I fancy exploring:
So much more of London
I have spent this morning on a walking tour of Chester learning about the history and architecture of this place. I got a close up view of the iconic Chester clock that commemorates Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, have walked some of its city walls, walked though some if it’s famous Rows, even been in on of its old Coaching Inns and explored Chester Cathedral… Time for a coffee break I think! #chester #cheshire #cheshireclock #chestercity #chestergram
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Cornwall (we just ran out of time last year and the years before)
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Discover ancient history
That moment when you realize that adventures are the best way to learn. This is my happy place. #TravelOn #Contest @citibank •••••• After viewing Petra in the day, we wanted to return to the famed Petra by Night experience. We asked the security team if we could enter the premises a few minutes early to capture Petra with no one else there. We sprinted the mile+ hike into Petra, zig zagging between the 100 meter high red rock gorges to have extra time at Petra. As we made our way on the last turn of the illuminated entrance, the famous facade of The Treasury presented itself to us in all of its glory. The pure beauty of this structure stopped us in our tracks and brought us to tears. The Treasury is such an incredibly mystical structure, filled deep with history. As we entered the area, there was a breeze in the air that spoke of world’s past. It was as if our bodies knew of all of the thousands of years of history that had occurred here. While we were experiencing Petra in the present, we were living and breathing history.
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…and so, so many more.
Knowing me, we’ll end up in a few completely different places – but you never know! Where are you dreaming about?