#16 – Marathon man

Well that’s a strong image to start a blog post isn’t it? It was actually a really amazing art exhibit right by my work so I managed to sneak off at lunch to take a look. There were a total of six sculptures made of these metal/wire plumbing and they were huge, at least double the size of me. It was by Tim Noble and Sue Webster and their work is so eccentric, I love it. Anyway, hope you’re all doing fab! Sorry for the lack of posts this past month but I have been swamped from my toes to the tip top of my head. Here’s a little catch up post and then travel posts will resume accordingly don’t you worry!

I am a marathon man! Last week I ran the London Marathon and it was a ridiculous experience. It was quite intense only having my brain to keep me company for four odd hours and through that I experienced every possible emotion. Parts of it I absolutely loved and parts of it were complete torture. At around mile seventeen I wanted to give up and could never imagine doing another one but writing this now I really want to sign up forΒ one more – strange how perspective affects you. The weather for the run was warm and perfect, the crowds were out in force handing sweets to runners and the course itself zigzagged through the city beautifully. I was a little disappointed in my time but I put that down to lack of training and having come back from China three days before. I am becoming a superstar at fighting jet lag though, wahey!

What else is up? I’m back from China as mentioned above and it was so so so good. I haven’t really had time to reflect on it but having gone through some photos today I feel like it was a great trip. Posts will be coming over the next few weeks and I have a bunch of instagrams to get posting. Future trips I’m not too sure. I want to go to Scotland for my birthday with friends but am finding organising that a right mare. I have a week off in June so might try and hit up the Baltics or possibly Croatia? Who knows who knows.

Work wise is going tip top. I’m still trying to find that work, social life and hobbies balance but think I’m getting the hang of it. Been on a lot of shoots this past week which is fun, lots of Tesco and free lunches – possibly my favourite thing in the world. We had a work pub quiz a few weeks ago and my team won so that was pretty awesome as I’m a really sore loser.

I’ve been doing some weekends away to Brighton, Sheffield and Cuckfield which have been lovely. It’s always nice visiting Rosa on the farm (see more of her from my WWOOF post) and getting a break from the city. In the picture below we are planting runner beans and I’m going back in a few weeks so will get to see how they’re doing!

My new year resolutions that I don’t really talk about on here are going great. So far I’ve only broken one (to read more) but hopefully I can catch up on that. I said I was going to buy myself flowers more this year and below are some lovely tulips I treated myself to. I got them from Lidl of all places and they stayed open for about three weeks – a flower miracle! I’m also trying to get into classical music and am forcing myself to listen to it first thing in the mornings. At the moment Brahms and Max Richter are my favourites and well worth a spotify check out. Coming next week my China posts will start so I hope you enjoy and I’ll try to do more updates more frequently!

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Paphos - Castle & Sights

Day Out - Cinque Terre

Florence - Duomo & David

Day Out - Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day Out - Mayfield Lavender Farm

Taipei - Jiufen and Yehliu GeoPark

Taipei - 101

Yangshou - Li River

Day Out - Longji Rice Terraces

Guilin - Sun & Moon Pagodas

Shanghai - Bund and Temples

Xi'an - Terracotta Army

Day Out - Great Wall of China

Beijing - Temple of Heaven

Beijing - Tiananmen and Forbidden City

Helsinki - Seurasaari

Helsinki - Cathedral & Suomenlinna

Day Out - Lantern Festival London

Vatican City - Peter and the Pope

Day Out - Pompeii

Rome 2 - Colosseum and Forum

Rome - Food, Trevi and Pantheon

Madrid - Bear and Tree

Hotel One Shot Prado 23 Review

AVE Renfe Train Review

Day Out - La Tomatina

Valencia - Aquarium & Gulliver

Air Europa Review

Adventure - Scandinavia 2016

Bergen - Boats and Fish

FlΓ₯m - Hikes and Views

Oslo - Vikings and Ships

Oslo - Vigeland and Ski Jump

Stockholm - Abba & Meatballs

Copenhagen - Land

Copenhagen - Water

Day Out - Frederiksborg Castle

Adventure - Israel 2016

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Jerusalem - Old City

Jerusalem - Museums and Markets

Day Out - Makhtesh Ramon

Tel Aviv - Places to eat and drink!

Tel Aviv - Outside the city

Tel Aviv - In the city

Day Out - Caesarea

Haifa - Places to eat and drink!

Haifa - Wadi Nisnas & Mount Carmel

Haifa - Bahai Gardens

Day in the Life - Tel Aviv

Day Out - Horashim Forest

#13 - Israel

Barcelona #2 - Montjuic & Barri Gotic

Barcelona #1 - Gaudi

Bristol - Things to eat and drink!

Bristol - Things to do and see!

Day Out - Sherwood Forest

#12 - Xmas

Day Out - Winterville London

Zurich - Outside the city

Zurich - In the city

Day Out - Harry Potter Studio Tour

Adventure - Japan 2015

Tokyo 2

Nara & Hiroshima

Osaka

Koyasan

Kyoto 2

Kyoto

Tokyo & DisneySea

Tokyo

Boston Islands - What to see and do!

Boston - What to eat and drink!

Boston - What to see and do!

Seattle - What to see and do!

Adventure - British Columbia 2015

British Columbia 3 - Victoria

British Columbia 2 - Vancouver

British Columbia 1 - Whistler

Adventure - Alaska 2015

Juneau - Outside the city

Juneau - In the city

Whittier - Glaciers, Bears & Whales

Anchorage - Outside the city

Anchorage - In the city

Denali - ATVs, Huskies and a Moose

Louisville - What to see and do!

Little Rock - What to see and do!

Oklahoma City - What to see and do!

Kansas City - What to see and do!

St. Louis - What to see and do!

Memphis - What to see and do!

Great Smoky Mountains #2 - Hike and Fog

Great Smoky Mountains #1 - Bears & Dixie Stampede

Lake Erie Roadtrip #2 - Cleveland, Xmas and Rock & Roll

Lake Erie Roadtrip #1 - Toronto to Detroit

Fargo - What to see and do!

Reykjavik - Outside the city

Reykjavik - In the city

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NYC Winter #1 - The Christmas Cluster

Day Out - The First Thanksgiving

New Orleans - What to see and do!

Montreal - Food Walking Tour

Montreal - Dos and Don'ts

Austin - What to eat and drink!

Austin - What to see and do!

Ghent in a day

Bruges in a day

Brussels in a day

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Lisbon Day #2 - We Hate Tourism and Sintra

Lisbon Day #1 - Parque das Naçáes

Mountain Roadtrip #6 - Potatoes, Temple and Pride

Mountain Roadtrip #5 - Deer, Lakes and Cowboys

Mountain Roadtrip #4 - Yellowstone

Mountain Roadtrip #3 - Dudes, Spirits and Towers

Mountain Roadtrip #2 - Storms, Bison and Mount Rushmore

Mountain Roadtrip #1 - Denver, Snow and Red Rocks

Baltimore - Crabs, Old Bay and Beer

Las Vegas #2 - The Strip

Las Vegas #1 - Neon Museum, Hoover Dam & Fremont St

Day Out - Santacon NYC 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #4 - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #3 - Albuquerque

Balloon Roadtrip #2 - Flagstaff to Farmington

Balloon Roadtrip #1 - LA to Flagstaff