In January, Bharat (my husband) and I, exchanged, completed and moved in to our new apartment and our first home together. However, back in October, because we thought it had fallen through we’d booked ourselves a couple of weekends away to help cheer ourselves up – so a week after moving in, we were exploring Brussels for the weekend. Other amazing things that happened in January was spending a weekend in London with my sister-in-laws Sapna and Anu seeing Magic Mike. I know many of you will turn your nose up at that because you have a pre-conceived idea of what happens. It isn’t what you think it is, it’s genuinely a lot of fun! So, speaking of Magic Mike, when are we going again girls?
February started with Super Bowl weekend, we had our friends, Marc & Johnny, and my friend from Scotland, Shona, at ours for the game – our new apartment seriously lacking furniture – no sofa but a very comfortable carpet! Ha! Also that month, we headed on our second weekend away to explore Dublin together.
In March, as a Christmas gift to Bharat we went off to the Lake District for the weekend, went on a couple of hikes in the pouring rain, bruised my toes for struggles downhill – but on the plus side, we ate lots of Grasmere gingerbread so I wouldn’t change the experience one bit!
April was probably the first month we got to spend time relaxing in the apartment, also whilst saving up money for our upcoming trips in May.
It all started in Washington DC where we met our friends Kayla and Andy who we first met on the vacation where Bharat and I got engaged – and who later joined us for our wedding. If you’ve never been, Washington DC is a beautiful city, and we’re so grateful for the time we got to spend with Kayla and Andy for driving 6hrs round-trip to Philadelphia so Bharat could run the Rocky Steps, and we could try authentic Philly Cheesesteak – honestly, it will forever be appreciated. Top Golf, and the only Delirium Bar outside of Brussels was a lot of fun – it’s also this same day we experience the game QuipLash. Will never forget about those Diamond Encrusted…never mind! On this same trip, we got the train out to Baltimore to see our friends Kelly and Matt – we explored the Marina, some beautiful galleries, some delicious beers. We absolutely must do this again!
A week at home, and the suitcase was packed again and the passport ready for our next journey – this time to the South of France to celebrate Naval and Jayne’s wedding. I’d never been to the south of France before, and it was so lovely to spend time with the whole family. We travelled from Sisteron, to St Tropez, to Cannes, and spent an amazing day in Monaco with the F1 track still in place. That was a pretty cool experience alone. I just wish we’d had extra time so we could have discovered the Casino, however, it’s just another excuse to go back.
June and July
June and July were both super hectic months for me, with the golf season at work, it was very much all over the place – but we had a great day out at Thirsk Races just after my birthday, followed by the Italian Festival in Manchester where I think I ate my body weight in Arachini. No complaints here…
August we celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and shared a beautiful week in Marbella and Puerto Banus seeing my cousin Millie and her boyfriend Dan. It was so nice to spend some proper time with them!
September was equally busy with travel. We travelled over to Belfast to celebrate Andrew and Anneka’s wedding, they both looked stunning and the day was incredible – plus we had the chance to explore Belfast out of the city and discovered the natural beauty that is the Giants Causeway. I ended the month with a girls trip to Lake Garda with my colleague Mia and work wife Victoria, and had the most amazing experiences – we hired a boat, went on a vineyard tour and made some interesting friends along the way…
October was back to back weekends of watching NFL action in London, and an opportunity to catch up with cousins we haven’t seen in too long, and friends we hadn’t seen since the previous year’s games. We also went to see the play Hamilton which was brilliant – and well worth every penny!
November kicked off with the final NFL London game of the season, and ended with an amazing trip to Milan. The Duomo Cathedral is without a doubt the most beautiful piece of architecture I think I will ever see.
December started in London with Victoria, and an amazing evening ice skating at Somerset House. I fell over, but the hot chocolate I got to enjoy from Fortnum & Mason afterwards was well worth the bruised ego! ha!
The rest of December was filled with Christmas parties and spending time with family. It’s been such a wonderful way to end the year, and I’m so grateful for all of the friends and family in my life.