What I’ve been up to lately

What I’ve been up to lately

Oh man, I’ve missed writing about my adventures on here! It’s weird how busy you get when you’re travelling. I always thought I’d have plenty of time to get new blog posts up in between adventures. Turns out… I did not! Although I missed writing, I’m also glad I took the time to really relax and travel the way people should travel. There’s no rush.  Taking my time to enjoy a new place, trying different things and getting to know new people.

I have some big plans for 2019, but I want to keep them a secret for a little while longer. So in the meantime, I thought I’d tell you about some of my favourite travel moments of 2018.

 

01. Learning German in Austria

I know, I know, this list isn’t exactly chronological but I had to start with my biggest adventure to date. It might not sound major to some but I spent 2 months in Vienna, the beautiful capital of Austria (I mean just look at the pictures in this post), learning German. I find it incredibly important to be able to speak more than just your native language fluently. So I really wanted to invest some of the money I saved for travelling into an international language course. And a few months later, I’m really happy to report that I’m no longer useless in German! I’m nowhere near as fluent as I would like to be but I’m getting there.

In the next few years I would love to practise my German even more and get it up to a near native level. I can read German books now and my understanding/listening is great, I just need a lot more practise speaking! I never say I’m proud of myself for doing anything but this time I will: I am proud of myself for doing this! You hear so many different languages when you’re travelling and it is such a joy to be able to speak and understand more than one of them!

 

Autumn at Schloss Schonbrunn in Vienna, Austria I What I've been up to lately I Travel Blog I Ella Was Here

02. Getting accustomed to hostel life

If you have been following me on twitter for a while, you might have seen me tweeting about my hostel-related concerns. I felt anxious and unsafe going into this. I wasn’t really a party girl and had this image in my head of noisy annoying people in old dirty hostels. And although I consider myself to be very social, I also need my privacy. I stayed in hostels before but this adventure was going to be my first real dive into hostel life. And now, a few months later, I’m again happy to report that I definitely shouldn’t have been this worried. I can’t say I loved every hostel that I’ve stayed in but the overall experience has been great.

The best part about staying in hostels is meeting all the amazing, unique people staying there. There are people from all countries, all over the world, from all ages, different backgrounds and speaking different languages. It is amazing to be able to hear their stories. Talking about their passions and struggles in life. I’m so grateful for the friends I’ve made on this journey and I can’t wait to go and visit some of them in their home countries soon!

03. Meeting blogger friends in the Netherlands, England and Portugal

I’ve always said this but for me, the number one most amazing part of having a blog is being able to meet like-minded people from all over the world. Through the years of me blogging, I’ve gotten to know some bloggers in the community quite well . And it has definitely been a highlight meeting fellow bloggers in the Netherlands, England and Portugal. Hopefully, we’ll get to see each other again in 2019!

 

Autumn at Schloss Belvedere in Vienna, Austria I Travel Blog I Ella Was Here

04. Revisiting some old favourites

I have never been a ‘country counter’. I have always rather stayed in a place for a few weeks as opposed to a few hours. I could have visited at least 20 more countries in the time I’ve been travelling but that is just not me. Plus I wanted to revisit some amazing places that I’ve travelled to in the past. Cambridge was one of those places. I visited Cambridge a few years ago for an English course and loved it so much that I took my family there the next year for another holiday. So I just knew I had to go back once I started travelling. To me Cambridge has just the right amount of city and nature vibes.

You know, I loved every city and every country I’ve visited thus far but there are just some places you feel right at home. Cambridge is exactly that to me. A home away from home. I also had the chance to revisit some of the amazing coastal towns around Dublin. It’s such a big difference compared to the always busy Dublin city centre. I could see myself living there as well. Just imagine being able to wake up and see the seaside every day, that would be a dream come true.

05. Finding my way back to nature

I’ve grown up in a little village in the Flemish countryside but I’ve always thought I was more of a city girl. Turns out, I’m more of a mixture of both! I’ve been spending a lot of time in different European cities for the pas few months and although I loved it a lot, I did miss nature. I’m so glad I decided to take the time and visit the Austrian mountains, the Portugese coast, the Irish Cliffs of Moher and the Cliffs of Howth. I really want to continue discovering more of our beautiful earth in the future!

 

There are so many more wonderful moments I could describe to you right now, but I think I’ll save those stories for later. It feels so good to finally have time to write again. Hope to see you in a next post!

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