I tend to write when I am emotional. Often, hard feelings force their way out of me, and I find myself typing furiously as my feelings flow into sentences and paragraphs. I worry that my readers will only hear the hard parts of my life, though my life these days is equally full of happiness. So here is a much less heavy post. 🙂
Ryan and I went to the United Kingdom in January. My husband has had a serious case of wanderlust for years. He has traveled to 42 countries, some of them more than once! I love traveling, but had only been to Canada, the United States, and Mexico. On this trip we flew to Sweden (although we didn’t leave the airport so I don’t count it as a country visited), then explored as much of England, Scotland, and Wales as we could fit into our week away. On the way home, we had a few hours to spend in Denmark as well. Although I have more than doubled my list of countries visited, I still have a long way to go if I am ever going to catch up to Ryan! His adventurous soul is one of the many things that I find so attractive about him. He’s just so much fun to spend time with, and he really enjoys life! Since losing my first husband, I have so much more of a desire to really make my days count as well, so he is perfect for my tentatively adventurous self.
For Christmas, Ryan had an envelope tucked under the tree. I was beyond excited when I opened it to find tickets to ‘Harry Potter World,’ and then I reread the paper and saw that it was to Warner Bro’s studio …in LONDON! I may have happy cried a little bit! He had arranged with his parents to stay with the kids, and it was the perfect surprise!
I could go on and on about how much I adored the history, landscapes, culture, FOOD, the castles, everything! But this was our basic itinerary:
Day 1- Travel! We flew from Vegas to Stockholm, then from Stockholm to London. We arrived in England and drove tenetively to our airBnB–the wrong side of car and road was a bit stressful, although Ryan did very well. We ate some Indian food, and then crashed in bed. Who knew sitting in a plane for hours could be so exhausting!
Day 2- London! We saw all of the touristy stuff we could fit in: Buckingham Palace, The British Museum, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, Big Ben, the London Eye, rode on ‘The Tube,’ ate fish & chips, saw the Tower Bridge, rode the London Underground to Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross, and even managed to fit in a show at the end of the night! It was a long and wonderful day!
Day 3- Windsor Castle and Harry Potter World, then we caught a flight to Edinburgh, Scotland. Traditional food we tried: Bangers and Mash, and the Eaton Mess.
Day 4- Edinburgh castle, the ‘royal mile,’ we then we met up with ‘The Mad Fientist’ (a financial independence blogger Ry follows) at a Scottish pub and enjoyed meat pies. Afterward we took a long road trip on narrow country roads south to Wales.
Day 5- Wales! We Found an old abandoned castle right out our window when we woke up, and spent the entire day exploring it and two other medieval castles! (My personal favorite part of our trip)
Day 6- Bath, The Cotswolds, and Stonehenge. The Roman Bath houses were pretty incredible! I have always loved learning about Roman history, and it is a place I would love to visit one day. Stonehenge was amazing and mysterious to see in real life! Traditional food highlights: sticky toffee pudding and (for Ryan) Black Pudding Salad.
Day 7- Manchester! We explored shopping areas downtown, ate street food, and then went to a ‘football’ match–Ryan’s favorite part of our trip! Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspurs at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester! We drove back to London that night so we could catch an early morning flight to Copenhagen, Denmark.
Day 8- Travel and Copenhagen. We had a few hours to spare while we waited for our flight from Copenhagen back to Las Vegas. We took a train downtown, ate, and went to a grocery store to buy snacks for our returning flight. We got home just after the kids had gone to sleep, and I couldn’t wait until morning to kiss and squeeze them! It was such a fun trip, and I’m a lucky mama to have such a great family to look forward to coming home to.