Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2017

Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2017 [petiteadventures.org]

Well, September was quite the month.

The first two weeks of the month were nothing short of a whirlwind. In just a matter of days I finished up work, packed up and (intensely) cleaned our flat, and said goodbye to friends.

Before I could even take a breath, we were on our way to Stockholm, saying goodbye to Leeds for the foreseeable future. Continue reading “Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2017”

My Travel Bucket List: The Nordic Countries

My Travel Bucket List: The Nordic Countries [petiteadventures.org]

As mentioned last week in my Travel Bucket List Sweden, one of the things I’m looking forward to now that we call Stockholm home is exploring more of the country, as well as its Nordic neighbours.

The Nordic countries generally refer to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and their territories including the Faroe and Åland Islands. This is an area of the world I’ve long been fascinated with, and have had the opportunity to explore a little bit.

But a little bit is never enough! Over the next few months, I’ll hopefully be getting up and out, and exploring and experiencing as much of the Nordic countries as possible.

Here are the top five things I want to see, do and eat in Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway:

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How Knowing English Made Expat Life Harder in the UK

How Knowing English Made Expat Life Harder in the UK [petiteadventures.org]

After ten months of trying to adapt to life in Spain, I was very excited at the prospect of moving to the UK last fall. I’d spent a nearly a year living in a city where I struggled to converse with everyone, so I was more than looking forward to living in a land where I already knew and understood the language.

I looked forward to easy conversations and no longer feeling afraid to go to the bank.

I looked forward to reading menus and signs without questioning what I thought I understood.

And boy, did I ever look forward to eavesdropping. I know this sounds bad, but trust me, when you can’t understand a single conversation going on around you, you really start to miss it.

I so naively believed knowing the language would make integrating into a new city and making friends a breeze, when in fact, now that I look back on it, it might have actually made it harder.
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Petite Adventures Month in Review: August 2017

Petite Adventures Month in Review August 2017 [petiteadventures.org]

And, once again, I’ve gone an entire month without really posting anything.

Let’s all say it together: Worst. Blogger. Ever. Again.

Oh well. C’est la vie. Moving on.

Overall, August was a pretty good month and saw us taking a delightful city break to the south of the Netherlands to visit friends. We spent three glorious days riding bikes along the canals, exploring smaller cities like Nijmegen and Molenhoek, eating Bitteballen, and drinking beer.

It was fantastic! The air was so clean and clear, and it was such a treat to be out in nature, riding bikes alongside fields of sheep and cows. Honestly, it was just the break that we both needed after a hectic July. Continue reading “Petite Adventures Month in Review: August 2017”

My Travel Bucket List: Eindhoven

My Travel Bucket List: Eindhoven, Netherlands [petiteadventures.org]

This weekend, I’m off to Eindhoven, Netherlands for what is most likely the last city break of the summer. I can’t really believe that this is our last planned holiday for the season, but so is the life of two adults with jobs and deadlines, and without trust funds. Sigh.

But, let’s be honest, a little travel is better than no travel, and I must admit, I am very excited for this upcoming mini-break!

Eindhoven is a city in the province of North Brabant, located in the south of the Netherlands. While it is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, it is best known as a high-tech and cutting-edge design industry hub.

Now, it probably isn’t the first destination you’d think of visiting in the Netherlands, and to be honest, it wasn’t mine either, but it is home to friends of ours and when we were invited to come and visit, we jumped at the chance. I mean, who doesn’t love visiting and exploring another part of a beautiful and beloved country!

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