It’s funny isn’t it when you say to yourself that you’ll get back on top of blogging, you enjoy writing, you enjoy reliving your trips and you fear you will start forgetting those moments and then you don’t get back on top of it.
I’m not sure why, perhaps it’s the miserable weather.
Here’s hoping I get the flow back soon!
We did a lot in 2017 and boy can I feel it now. It’s probably the first year I haven’t got frustrated about where we are going next or have time for the wanderlust bug to really hit as there was always something around the corner. Which I appreciate makes us very very lucky!! I’ve still got some content to come around our amazing safari in Tanzania as well!
It’s been hard to narrow down our favourites of this year but after much deliberation I’ve managed it!
2017 Top Experiences:
Seeing Northern Lights – This was one of the most spectacular things we did this year, the aurora is incredible. We prayed and hoped that we would get to witness them, especially after our failed attempt in Iceland. Standing out in the cold was well worth it!
I thought it only fair while I’m still digesting our trip to Tanzania to show you some photo’s first. It was a real once in a lifetime trip (although, you know if I get the chance to head to Botswana I probably will!) and the photo opportunities were aplenty!
Here are a few of my favourite snaps!
One thing I really loved about Stuttgart was it’s accessibleness. You could get anywhere really easily, either by walking or the S & U bahns. It meant we could easily get out to Ludwigsburg within half an hour and back into town in no amount of time. I love German transport and Stuttgart really makes the most of it.
One of the draws of heading to Stuttgart, other than the beer festival, was a squash festival. As in, pumpkins. Yup, you read that right, a pumpkin festival. The annual event is held at the Palace of Ludwigsburg and this years theme was Romans.
Every year wooden structures are built and are then adorned with hundreds of pumpkins. All different shapes, sizes and colours. There were also large pumpkins and a showcase of lots of different squashes.
Other than a work out at Wasen our weekend in Stuttgart was filled with a museum, a squash festival and a walk around the town.
First up was the Mercedes Benz Museum. Stuttgart is home to two car giants, Mercedes and Porsche, both have museums in the city but we opted for Mercedes as it was closer to the beer festival site.
Carl Benz’s first car built in 1886 is what the museum is celebrating with more than 160 vehicles on display. They range from some of the oldest built cars to new futuristic ones. There was a good supply of buses, trucks, cars and F1 cars to keep everyone happy.
When the world thinks of beer festivals they think of the obvious choice Oktoberfest…but if you’re after a slightly less crazy but equally awesome option head a little further south to Stuttgart, Germany. Stuttgart is the home of Cannstatter Volksfest, or Wasen. A large beer fuelled festival that runs at the same time as Oktoberfest.
I’d say that Wasen has a slightly more family feel to the event, less stag do’s and more work parties. We saw everyone from teenagers to pensioners in the traditional clothing, stein in hand. The event is HUGE, with at least 7 beer tents seating approximately 5000 people per tent (based on some slightly tipsy calculations) and a fun fair to boot.
No matter who you are or how far you go, you’ll always be in someone’s heart. The world can seem vast and expansive but at the end of the day we are all the same. We all want to be loved and cared for. Your family may be far away or you may feel far from your friends but there is always someone who cares.
I travel because I don’t want to be scared of the world, of the unknown. I want understand that someone from the UK, Uzbekistan and Canada can all relate and interact with each other. We might not speak the same language or have the same beliefs but human interaction is a diverse and wonderful thing.
It might seem soppy or make me seem like a bit of a dreamer but what’s life without a bit of dreaming!?? *reopens closed tabs about Antarctic cruises*
For the French part of our weekend adventure we caught an Easy Bus from Geneva airport to Morzine in the French alps for a couple of days of fresh mountain air.
The drive was about an hour and a half with lots of twisty roads up into the mountains which made for some good window watching.
Morzine is a small village that revolves around skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer. It’s a cute place but does feel like it was a home base for many native english speakers. I don’t have a problem with that, especially as we were a party of 3 english people, but I like my adventures to include at least some of the local lingo.
It’s been a bit quiet round here recently, I’ve been feeling a bit apathetic towards writing down what we’ve been up to and what we’re planning to do going forward which is a bit of a shame. I don’t really know why, it’s been a busy time so I guess it’s just been my brain being a bit preoccupied.
I love to write down what we have experienced as a way to remember, a way to digest the trip and a way to share. Basically I just need to get back behind the key board and get on with it!!
So, I still have some content to catch up on, the French Alps, Tanzania and I’m going to attempt my first proper hotel review at the end of this month. I have also started looking forward to what we will be doing next year…did I hear you say Cuba!?
Stick with me I will have some more for you soon!!
We have returned from our 7 day safari in the northern circuit of Tanzania! Hence the radio silence over the last few weeks – it’s been a bit manic!
I’m currently shifting through the thousands of photo’s we took and experiences we had to create some posts (also still have content on our short stay in the French alps and the Stuttgart Wasen). We were extremely lucky and saw everything we wanted too plus more!