Hello 2019! Sorry I have been quiet on here lately. I am not going to lie to you and say it hasn’t been nice to have this break but it is good to be back. With the busyness of the holidays and our trip it was too difficult to carve away the time for a blog post. We have been back less than a week but it feels like a lifetime ago we were in London and Dublin. I can’t wait to share all about our trip with you, we had an amazing time as you can imagine. Of course there were some hiccups along the way, like illness (my parents are still sick and it’s going on 3 weeks now.) But other then that it was a truly memorable trip and I am already planning our next visit!
In the spirit of the new year, we can keep saying Happy New Year until the end of January right? I feel like sharing a roundup of last year. If you follow me on Instagram I did the typical trendy thing to do at the end of the year, a top 9 round up of 2018. So I thought I would do something similar here, a roundup of 2018, without the Instagram photos. 2018 was a really amazing year. It had its ups and downs, like all years but it was one to remember. We started the year off in Thailand, celebrating the new year with my sister and her husband and our parents. What a way to ring in the new year at a street party in Northern Thailand followed by a drunken Tuk Tuk home. When we got back to Canada we struggled to get over the jet lag but persevered to celebrate my 30th birthday with all my friends at Irish Times. The following day a hungover and tired Dave and I drove down to Portland for the best birthday weekend. We ate delicious food, went and saw a comedy show, lined up for famous donuts, went for a beautiful hike, it was the best birthday I have ever had! It was back to reality when we got back to Ucluelet and the second night home we had a Tsunami warning. It scared the shit out of all of us but it also made us quite aware of what could happen and how we need to be prepared for the inevitable.
In the late spring of 2018, my mum and I had the trip of a lifetime, which I shared lots of on the blog. We did a portion of the Portuguese Camino, from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. My mum and I walked 245km in 10 days and had the most amazing experiences together. It was the perfect way to celebrate her 60th birthday and my 30th birthday. When we got back from our trip it was time to start packing. Our time in Ucluelet and Tofino came to an end that summer and we packed up a massive U-Haul and moved back to Victoria. I still miss Tofino and Ucluelet a lot and will always think of it as another home for us. The transition back to Victoria wasn’t as easy as I had hoped. I started a new job that I didn’t like and quickly realized was not cut out for. I had to give my notice and really think about what it was I wanted to do, which was in the end a very good thing. I started working as a baker and realized how much I love it. I know I love my job when I find it ok to wake up way before everyone else to do it. The end of the year was the hardest because we lost my grandmother. I think this is something that will always be difficult to come to terms with and everyone grieves in different ways but I still find it hard to talk about.
The end of the year ended on a happier note with our trip to London and Dublin for Christmas and New Year. I love being in London and Dublin during the holidays. Everything feels so much more festive with decorations along the streets and just an overall feel of Christmas everywhere. We spent time with my family in London, reuniting with my sister and her husband who had flown from Thailand for Christmas in London and with my parents who were also over for the holidays. Then it was off to Dublin for Christmas and New Year with Dave’s family. We had a wonderful and relaxing time, eating too much food (especially chocolate) and I could not have asked for a better way to end a great year. I can’t wait to see what is in store for us in 2019!