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My Travel Scrapbook

Remember this journal? I got it last year when everything was quiet on the travel front, so it sat in my office cupboard not getting put to any use. Since the beginning of this year, though, I’ve already visited Dublin and Prague (and have more adventures in the pipeline), so I’ve started filling it up with airplane tickets, notes and photographs I’ve taken.

It feels nice to have something physical to flick through as opposed to only storing my photos online. I guess it’s like a physical version of parts of this blog.

 
 

Prague, You Dark Horse, You

When my mother and her boyfriend booked a romantic getaway to Prague, I figured I should gatecrash their efforts and join them. It was our first family holiday in something ridiculous like a decade, and since I started flying again, I’ve been eager to go as many places as I can. This year I really want to focus on work and traveling to European cities for long weekends. Fun!

Anyway, nothing could have prepared me for Prague. I’m not talking about the -15 weather, but just the way it looked – like a real life Disneyland! I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but I doubt even they will do it justice.

There are a few more on my Flickr not included in this set.

 
 

Prague

Oh hey, I’m in Prague until Sunday, sharing an amazing apartment in the centre with Carolyn (my sister) and Norman (a 60 year old guy with a bear hat). It’s snowy and cold and perfect. The currency is a bit odd, but the architecture is perfect. Tonight we’re going to drink hot wine and admire the lights, but I can’t wait until daylight comes around again so I can take photos.

 
 

My 25th Birthday

I have to admit, I wasn’t overly excited about turning 25. Quite the opposite, in fact. For as long as I can remember – because somebody told me so – 25 is the age I’ve associated with slowing metabolism and ageing skin. It’s all very dramatic. In the end, though, my friend Gary said “What’s so bad about turning 25? You’ve got good friends, you don’t have a broken heart, and you’re in good shape”, and he was absolutely right.

I thought long and hard about how I wanted to celebrate my birthday; go-karting? Ice cream? My favourite meal of mashed potatos with mashed potatos and mashed potatos? In the end I settled on a road trip, because I love nothing more than exploring with my camera. So we filled the tank with petrol, put The Beatles on repeat, bought a ton of sugary foods and headed to Fort Augustus in the Scottish Highlands. Magic.

 
 

Naconf

Gathering interesting people who are great at what they do and speak passionately about something they love is a recipe for inspiration. That is what keeps me, the insurance broker, coming back to these conferences. I wasn’t as snap happy this time, and I didn’t see as much of Nottingham as I had wanted. When Friday arrived, which was when I was hoping to explore, it was overcast and I had a groggy head and depressed feet.

The conference itself did exactly what I had hoped it would do – made me excited about work. Recently I have felt in a difficult place with work, something I can attribute to almost 7 years working from home on my own, which only recently has driven me insane. Attending New Adventures reinforced that this is something I need to change, so if anyone knows of a nice, shared office space in central Glasgow, please do let me know! I’m open to suggestions.

Anyway, back to Nottingham. Rick and I visited Hooters on the first night and gorged on stodgy food. I thought about getting a boob job. Nottingham people think I’m Irish. This city still has the best Japanese restaurant I’ve been to (I will drive the 5 and a half hours just to eat here. Maybe). I talked about how I want to get into yoga while drinking a pint of cider. Good coffee is hard to find in Nottingham. Frank Chimero intrigues me. My hotel room had a see through bathroom door. And lots of other stuff, too.

 
 

Dublin

Gah, I’m a little lost for words regarding my trip to Dublin. Getting to spend hogmanay attending a wedding in Ireland was the finest way I’ve ever welcomed in a new year. The whole experience was fantastic for me; coffee in St Stephen’s Green, wandering the city with my camera, dancing with old (and new) friends, trying Guinness etc.

Dublin is a photographer’s dream, which is why it’s been tricky to trim my photos down to a manageable lot. So I haven’t. Yeah. I walked down Grafton Street with my 135mm and meandered back up with the 45mm ts-e, the latter of which got a lot of use on this trip.

 
 

Lincoln

My friend Rick lives in Lincoln, and while he’d made the trip to Scotland twice to visit me, I had yet to return the favour. I got to meet his cats, play Portal 2 split-screen, drink coffee at Coffee Aroma, eat amazing sushi, take my first film shot, and have my picture taken for his Project 50 (anyone attempting a Project 50 should take heed from Rick of how to approach it… push yourself). Lincoln is a really pretty city, I’ll be back.

 
 

The Great Scottish Outdoors

This has to be the hottest day of the year so far, right? My pink shoulders are testament to this. My friend and I decided to jump in the Mini, speed out of the city and spend the day beach and forest hopping. We also brought my dog, Indie, which was a bit of a gamble as she doesn’t travel well, but we all had lots of fun. Gah, Scotland is so pretty!

 
 

Pretty Things: Maps

When @rougebert tweeted about a wee gem of a map he’d just bought, I had to check it out. After all, having not long moved to Glasgow and with an apparently growing interest in maps, it sounded like something I could benefit from. Turns out there were other maps too, and I ended up buying “How To Find Old New York” and “It’s Nice To Be Alone In Paris”. Funnily enough, Paris has been on my mind a lot lately. As mentioned in my last post, I’m eager to take a break somewhere in Europe, and with Paris being a city I’ve never visited as an adult as well as being so close to Britain, it’s likely to happen at some point soon.

 
 

Travels

I clocked this amazing journal on The Paperie whilst I was casually browsing stationery (does anyone else casually browse stationery?). Last year I got bit by the travel bug after getting on my first flight in 5 years (which followed with a trip to New York, then Florida and onto Belfast, all in the space of 4 weeks!). This year it looks to be a busy one with work, though I plan on getting away at some point, even if it is to a European city for a long weekend. Owning my camera has definitely surged an interest in travel for me; not the relaxed, beach holidays that you typically go on to recharge your batteries, but the rich-in-culture adventures that make me and my 5D explode with excitement. I’m going to fill this journal with notes and postcards and everything else.

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