So just like that, 2015 is over. Hopefully you have all had a fantastic break but now that 2016 has drifted around the corner, tyres screeching, we can all get back to the business of planning more awesome travels!
But before I embrace the new year completely, here is a quick look back at 2015:
January: I escaped the cold London weather and headed for the warm climes of Australia for a 2 week break in Melbourne and Sydney. Flying with Royal Brunei Airlines, I had a short stopover in the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. While I didn’t explore the city, I managed to get cool new stamps for my passport. Once in Melbourne, I explored the city again, went to Philip Island to see the Penguin Parade and spent some time watching tennis at the Australian Open. Once in Sydney, I spent time at Palm Beach, Manly, Coogee and Bondi as well as taking advantage of the weaking dollar to do some shopping.
March: I headed to Brussels by Eurostar to catch up with a friend who was studying there. As well as delicious fries and waffles, one of the highlights was the Museum Night Fever where 23 city museums stayed open until 1am and held various special events and exhibitions. Many amazing Belgian beers were also drunk during the weekend trip.
May-June: Likely to be one of the most memorable trips of my life, my 7 week trip around the United States was filled with fun and adventure. I was lucky enough to visit 25 states and see some incredible places from major cities (New York, Chicago and San Francisco) to beautiful National Parks (Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion) and unexpected gems (1880 Town, Wall Drug Store, Corn Palace). Oh and I got to see my beloved Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup. I will try and write more about the trip throughout the year.
June: I also spent a week in Toronto, Canada catching up with old friends, exploring the sights of the city including CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame and Royal Ontario Museum. I rented a bike and explored Centre Island and watched a Blue Jays baseball game.
August: I decided to start blogging again and www.travelexx.com was born. Thank you all for your amazing support!
September: The first in my flurry of weekend getaways towards the end of the year was to a Swiss city of Basel. I explored the old town, enjoyed the sun by the Rhine River and sampled Swiss beer for the first time. I watched a FC Basel soccer match and had amazing homemade cheese fondue. I also explored the mountains and hiking trails in Kandersteg, the crystal-clear waters of Blausee and the picture-perfect streets of Thun.
October: I spent weekend in the northern German city of Hamburg. I explored the city, visited the UNESCO-listed warehouse district of Speicherstadt and saw the spot where the Great Fire of 1842 started. I stuffed myself with pretzels, Fischbrötchen and drank beer at 8 o’clock on a Sunday morning. I caught up with great friends and got a chance to practice my German again. Read my post on Hamburg here.
November: Another weekend trip – this time to Copenhagen, Denmark. I visited the Carslberg brewery, almost went for a swim in front of the Little Mermaid and got lost in edgy Christiania. I caught with old friends and made new ones. I almost got a tattoo and got excited about seeing 7-eleven again. I heard the terrible news about Paris and attended a vigil for the victims. Read my post on Copenhagen here.
December: A spontaneous trip to Venice to finish off another great year of travel. I caught up with old friends and made new ones. I explored the streets and canals of the city, visited stunning churches and crossed over many beautiful bridges. I took a gondola ride and visited beautiful island of Murano and Burano. I had tasty gelato, sandwiches and spaghetti with cuttlefish cooked in its own in. I drank a lot of white wine and danced the nights away in the hostel bar. Read my post on Venice here.
2015 – you were amazing. 2016, I am coming for you!!!
Happy New Year