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What I Packed for California

I was determined not to check-in luggage for my trip to California. I took just one, carry-on bag that I got from Trakke and I was able to fit all of my belongings in it (not pictured: make-up bag). For this trip I wasn’t fussed about my hair being on point, I was more interested in making space for my camera and hiking shoes. I wore most of my ‘heavy’ clothes on the plane there and back.

Gosh, I could definitely get used to travelling without checked luggage.

 
 

California

This was the trip of a lifetime and it took me by surprise. I was not planning on visiting California this year.

In July I got a Twitter DM from Dann Petty asking if I wanted to speak at Epicurrence. A month later I was on a plane to San Francisco where I spent 24 hours before driving to Yosemite National Park. We hiked, mountain biked and share stories around a camp fire.

I didn’t get to see much of SF, but I made a point of visiting Mrs Doubtfire’s house! Yosemite was everything I wanted it to be and more. A month later and I can’t stop thinking about this trip.

 
 

A Quick Trip To Manchester

I have a confession. The first couple of times I visited Manchester I didn’t enjoy it. Whenever I visited there was a monsoon of rain. My Converse would get wet and I was cold. Miserable! Now it’s one of my favourite cities, and this visit to Manchester is one of my best summer memories so far.

A group of us got a loft-style apartment in the city. The sun was shining. The World Cup was on. We ate good food and drank Sangria. Perfection! I like you a lot, Manchester.

 
 

48 Hours In Amsterdam

Last year I visited Geneva for a few days with just my camera. I enjoyed my trip and vowed to make solo photography adventures a regular occurrence. Fast forward to May, 2018 and I took a short flight to Amsterdam for a few days. Here’s what I got up to in my 48 hours there:

  • Walked 33KM around the city
  • Saw a lot of dogs on scooters and bikes
  • Had lunch with Chris, who has been working in Amsterdam
  • Spent €20 on a gin and tonic
  • Ate a life-changing sandwich at Small World Catering
  • Got sun burn
  • Took a canal boat ride

Amsterdam won me over instantly. I can’t explain why exactly, but I haven’t loved a city as quickly as I did with Amsterdam. It was very easy to get to (1 hour and 15 minutes in the air, then a 15 minute train ride into the centre). The weather was perfect. Every person I encountered was friendly (aside from a bad experience on my way home). The food and drink was tasty. It was easy to get around.

I can’t stop thinking about Amsterdam and I’m already considering a second trip. There are so many food places and museums I still have to visit. Have you been to Amsterdam? What did you think of it?

 
 

Adventure Time

We visited Saturday’s wedding venue on Friday as the sun was setting. We wanted to scope the surrounding location. The sun was doing lovely things for us, so I couldn’t help but ask Rab—my friend and second shooter—to snap this photo.

 
 

Hotel Sleepovers With Indie

I couldn’t get a dog sitter, so I took Indie to Newcastle with me. What an adventure we had! 8 mile walk around the city centre, dinner at Dat Bar, cocktails at the hotel bar. I hope we have many more adventures, Indie.

 
 

Family Holiday in Lanzarote

It was lovely to start 2018 with a family holiday to Lanzarote. This was my nephew’s first time on a plane and he loved it—even through heavy turbulence on the flight home. It was special to experience everything with him for the first time.

It was all-inclusive and I was expecting to come back fat. Fortunately the hotel had an amazing salad bar (yes, I get excited about salad).

Highlights were:

  • Visiting the volcanoes
  • Holding lava rock in my hand. It’s scorching!
  • Spending time with my nephew, Blake
  • Getting some Vitamin D
  • Reading Birdsong on my balcony with sparkling wine

Downsides were:

  • 2 year old tantrums. Respect to all parents out there!
  • Seeing the camels chained together, having to heave fat Brits up a volcano
  • My sister getting ill. There was a bug going round and quite a few of us got it. Fortunately I didn’t, which is a miracle considering I was sat next to my sister for 5 hours on a plane
 
 

Lunar Landscapes

This time last week I was on a family holiday in Lanzarote. It was mostly about entertaining the kids, so there wasn’t a lot of photography action or culture. I did enjoy the express volcano tour, which is when I took these landscapes. (If I was doing this trip with other photographers, I would have hired a car instead of tagged along on an official tour. This experience would be better at sunrise or sunset.)

Lanzarote has a lunar landscape after a volcano erupted for 6 years, which produced 32 new volcanoes. The landscape feels so barren with layers of volcanic rock instead of the greenery I’m used to. Alongside that, there are very strict rules about architecture. Every building must be painted white and can not exceed 4 floors. The volcanic activity makes for some interesting pictures.

 
 

Island Wedding

My first island wedding! And also a rare wedding I attended as a guest—not the photographer. Still, I had to bust out the camera to capture what an island wedding is like.

Shawshank got married in South Uist, which is an island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. It was a lot of fun. Islanders really know how to party.

I’m so happy for my friend Shawshank. I’ve only met Gary a handful of times, but it’s enough to know I like him and I’m excited about their future together.

 
 

South Uist

I can’t believe it’s taken me 13 years of friendship to get to Uist. South Uist is where my friend, Shawshank, is from. She’s been trying to get me on a propellor plane to the Outer Hebrides for many of those years. By the way, the plane was even smaller than I imagined. My aisle only had one seat!

It was worth the journey, though, and I’m charmed by island life. I also considered going vegetarian after meeting all of these lovely cows.

Thanks to Lisa and her dog, Bella, for letting me crash in their house!

 
 
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