#18 – The holidays are coming

Is it time for another round robin? I reckon so especially with all the festive lights going up outside and the ‘holidays are coming’ jingle appearing on TV. Since update #17 I’ve been a pretty busy boy juggling new friends, new job and new ways of thinking. I moved jobs which was a scary decision but now am so relieved and happy I took the plunge. I’m working in a smaller agency that’s very content driven and I feel like I have a large, more prominent voice which is great. When some of that work comes out I’ll be sure to post it here but so far I’ve been on a lido shoot which was very calming in the winter sunshine. My last project at BBH was for Next and it was a real pleasure to do. A bunch of little, mundane moments that people nail whilst looking and feeling great. It was a week-long shoot and getting to eat free delicious catering on a double decker bus was a secret highlight. The social and TV for that went out straight away but I’ve recently been spotting the print in magazines and been stocking up to show the grandkids one day.

So I went to Italy again as you will have seen from my posts about Florence, Cinque Terre and Pisa. I’ve been in trip planning mode as I have three weeks off at the end of the year with quite a bit of running around. I’ll be flying to Toronto on Christmas Eve and spending a week or so there and then potentially checking out Montreal all over again. Then a few days into 2018 I’m flying down to Orlando for some theme park shenanigans before a quick layover in NYC before home. I am pretty pumped about the whole thing and really excited to get out there again. The last time I had to pack summer and winter clothes in one suitcase was a winter NY/Bahamas cruise that went swimmingly, fingers crossed for something similar! Then early in the new year I have a follow up week in Athens and Tel Aviv (flights were super cheap so I booked this several months ago) and then the real 2018 trip planning commences!

I have some new additions to my little flat family in the form of new plants. I’m fearful that my place is turning into a greenhouse and when I eventually decide to move it’s going to cause an extra effort in migrating them all safely. Christmas is round the corner and I am ahead of the game with my presents, decorations and the all important card. This year I went for risograph printing which has always been a dream of mine to try out. I collaborated with an awesome designer and we created a really fun but not too festive Christmas colour pattern of the twelve days carol. I’m now excited to just kick back, eat lots of food and be merry until 2018!

Discussion

Nicosia - Borders & Mosques

Day Out - Aphrodite's Rock

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

Jerusalem - Places to eat and drink!

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

NYC Winter #2 - Markets, Lights and Trees

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

Lisbon Day #3 - Tiles and Trams

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