winter wonderland (and happy holidays)!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

So I have about 6,000 too many photos today to push you right over the edge into full-on Christmas cheer if you're not already there!

I was in London last week for work and couldn't pass up the opportunity to walk the long way to a lunch by way of Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. I went last year, but as it was at night and PACKED then, it was a totally different experience this time around. It was really calming to stroll around before the place really picked up for the day and the only shame about the whole thing was that I was there by myself. Even though Ryan has sworn the place off (he's crowd-averse), I'm already plotting ways I can get him to go next year.

And here's one from today, Bristol is smaller than London, but we still found the Christmas cheer!

Okay, that's it. I'm about to put some mulled wine on and wait for my sister to arrive! We won't be home in Miami for the holidays, but luckily she'll be spending a few days here with us (and Ryan's family) so Christmas is officially ON!

Happy holidays, everyone!

bournemouth seafront | 2.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Yikes! I meant to get this posted yesterday (just like I meant to get a This and That posted for Friday, I promise you a big one this week) but the mad rush to the holidays has taken over my life. Wrapping up work and juggling a schedule that has me in London more and more (and right now!) has been a bit hectic. It was nice to take a few minutes and edit some more photos from our trip!

I tried to make this the "sunshine" batch, so hopefully you can't tell how cold things really are with all the beach and sun and palm trees!

Don't you just want one of those little beach huts? Give me about 10 more degrees and some blankets and I'm sold!

Hope that your week is off to a great start!

Happy Tuesday!


Thanks again to Travelodge for sending us on such a great trip!

bournemouth seafront | 1.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A little back story on why travel is such a big part of our relationship! When Ryan and I first started dating while we were living in New Zealand, we were pretty inseparable right from the start. We worked together, usually finished late so we grabbed dinner together, and our social circle mainly consisted of colleagues. The days were long and very, very similar to each other. To break things up a bit (and because NZ is absolutely stunning), we made a point to go on weekend trips whenever we could. (This is also when his habit of booking trips and surprising me with the destination at the airport/train station started!) We were both always up for an adventure (we were an American and a Brit living in New Zealand, after all) and we knew, even early on, that discovering our surroundings was so much better when we were together.

So! We travel. It's where a big chunk of our disposable income goes and it's how we make sure that we're always caught up with each other, it's how we celebrate birthdays and achievements, it's just kind of how we live! I think our country count is now up to 6 (though it's some crazy number between us) and every day we have what's next in the back of our minds.

Travel is one of my favorite parts of our relationship. Long trips are great adventure, but the short trips might be my favorite. I like a bit of the familiar with a twist. I love getting shown around different parts of England by Ryan (especially when we go to places that he used to visit as a kid) and it's a great way to feel on the road without breaking the bank or having to take too much time off of work.

Anyway, I ramble. I found myself reflecting quite a bit as we strolled around Bournemouth. Feeling lucky and thankful, marveling a bit at how far we've come, and looking forward to everything that next year will bring. This will likely be our last little trip of 2015, and it's a great high note to end on.

I hope that you enjoy these photos and forgive me for the rest that I will most definitely be sharing with you over the next few posts!

(A little in-joke between the two of us: on one of those early trips, Ryan made me walk for what felt like 7 hours through Taupo in search of "The Most Romantic Bench in the World". It was incredibly sweet and it did have a view of the water, but it was really just a bench. I've been teasing him mercilessly about it for years. So there you go, folks. The Most Romantic Bench in Bournemouth.)

Happy Thursday!


Thanks again to Travelodge for sending us on such a great trip!
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