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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My Winter Bucket List

I promised myself that I wasn’t going to refer to winter on the blog until the 21st of December, but now that the trees have lost all their leaves and leaving the house not wrapped up in a chunky blanket scarf is a sign of insanity, I do have to admit to myself that winter has well and truly arrived in Heidelberg. Winter can be a tricky season: When the days are short and grey, it is often harder to stay positive and to see the bright sight of things and we have to work harder to motivate ourselves to keep active and to not withdraw into ourselves so much that we forget to live. I think it is therefore all the more important that we make a conscious effort to appreciate the opportunities that come with this time of the year and that's why I have decided to write myself another seasonal bucket list.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Buxton & Bakewell: An Anniversary Getaway to the Peak District

What to do in Buxton and Bakewell in England's Peak District

In the beginning of October, my boyfriend and me travelled to England’s Peak District to celebrate our fifth anniversary. During the four days that we spent among the rolling hills of the Peaks, we went on walks through the countryside, started every morning with a hearty English breakfast, had tea and scones on multiple occasions and toured grand stately homes that I had dreamt of visiting for years. It was the perfect kind of trip for many reasons, the kind of trip that truly makes my heart sing, and yet I have been extraordinarily reluctant to start writing about it on the blog.

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Castle In Switzerland: Visiting Chateau de Chillon at Lake Geneva

Chateau de Chillon in Switzerland

This post just really did not want to write itself. I have been staring at the keyboard for a few days now, willing myself to come up with words to fill this oh-so empty word document, and so far everything I have come up with has happily wandered into the trash. I love reading about travel, but I struggle with travel writing because it so plainly draws attention to the areas I struggle with as a writer. I return home from every single trip with vivid memories and impressions that I don’t always know how to replicate in the written word and knowing what I want to say, but not having the means – or rather the ability – to do so makes me feel frustrated quickly.
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