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And when it snows, I can never behave myself.
I also kidnapped a pedestrian signboard (it wasn’t even snowing).
I went to Venice with the funnest Venetian I know – the only one with whom I would sit on a bench at 5am, when it’s 2 degrees, drinking champagne from a bottle.
I celebrated La Befana on Lido island, an annual Italian tradition.
We went kite-running in Richmond.
The Chinese New Year arrived – and so did a 14-course meal.
I switched from skiing to snowboarding, and experienced my first ski festival (Snowboxx) with one of my best friends.
I finally got to wear my retro ski jacket.
I went to Porto for the second time, with three of my best girlfriends. It was crazy fun.
We said goodbye to one of our gang – Jeremy, who was moving to Sydney for sun and surf.
There were a lot of parties.
I started rollerblading again.
I saw The Courteeners in concert.
It started to get warmer, and the days longer.
My best friend from home, Joyce, came to play!
I decided to pick up skateboarding.
I was happiest in the sunshine.
I started practising my ukulele again.
I attended my first ever travel blogging conference in Rotterdam.
I went surfing in Scheveningen – look at all that spume!
It was very cold and a little disgusting.
But I made a great new friend.
My luggage and passport were stolen in Rotterdam.
But this woman rescued me and I love her.
I won a trip to Toronto to attend my second travel media conference.
I met a heap of cool people. And the amazing Lola, who helped make it all happen.
Back in the UK, I went cycling in the New Forest.
I learnt how to decorate cupcakes. Like ’em? 🙂
I had a bazillion picnics at the park.
Everyone thought I was obsessed. Possessed by the sun.
London was blessed with a fantastic summer, I couldn’t help it!
I enjoyed my third Lovebox Festival. It got a bit crazy.
I spent a day in Brighton, and it was lovely (not crazy).
I travelled to Lisbon for Optimus Alive festival.
I made some unusual friends there. Know what they gave me?
Back in London, I sat at Primrose Hill and enjoyed a magnificent sunset with friends while waiting to see the full moon.
It was one of many beautiful sunsets I enjoyed around the city.
A lot of evenings were spent outside pubs.
I learnt to play and sing my first full song with my ukulele.
Looking back at this video, it’s TERRIBLE. I’m much MUCH better now (just believe me)!
I celebrated my birthday.. with a huge picnic at Hyde Park, of course!
I went to the best festival of my life – Wilderness Festival.
It got really crazy. I got really crazy. WILD, some might say.
I MUST write a post on this festival ASAP!
These glasses contributed.
Then I almost blinded myself at the Holi Festival in London.
I travelled solo in Portugal for two weeks and attended surf camp in Sagres. WANT TO GO BACK!
I made a multitude of new friends. Happy friends.
Then I went to Porto for the third time and made even more friends.
I finally got to see the Douro Valley.
After over six years living in this country, I said ‘Fine, I’ll go to Stonehenge’.
Then I took this photo.
I celebrated Halloween with a wig.
World Zombie Day arrived.
Things got a little crazy that night.
I attended my first World Travel Market.
I went to Romania and stayed with a friend I had met at surf camp.
I went to Porto for the fourth time and reconnected with my friends.
I decided the city was to be my second home.
I enjoyed the sunshine in Aveiro.
I visited Guimarães, ‘the birthplace of Portugal’, with my adopted family for the day.
I had a very English Christmas spent in Surrey.
I mean, just look at this house!
Then I flew to Bordeaux to spend a week ushering in the New Year.
I was reunited with great friends. And a lot of cheese.
The first few hours of 2014 were spent with a bunch of random French people. And a unicorn.
The unicorn tells me that 2014 will be yet another enjoyably odd, delightfully crazy, and colourfully happy year.
AND THE UNICORN IS CORRECT.If I had to summarise my 2013 in a sentence, it would be ‘The year my social life exploded, and I spent too much time in Portugal.’
I have had a FANTASTIC year. I’ve had so many days when I was filled with such happiness that my body couldn’t contain it and I end up skipping along the street – no matter that I’m on the way to work. Sometimes I want to jump into the air and tell a tree that I love him/her!
Last year I learnt to snowboard, surf, and skateboard.. amongst other things. This year I’m going to learn to drive (even though I already have a licence.. don’t ask..), get back into swing dancing, and take some flying trapeze classes.
I love life so much and I can’t wait to see what more it has to offer!