A lifestyle expat travel blog about culture, history, Brexit, the Royal Family, travels around the world, Europe, and being British in Berlin!
Posted on January 2, 2017 by thebritishberliner
Happy New Year everyone.
It’s officially 2017!!!!!
2016 was a mixed bag of an incredible year, but that hasn’t stopped me from making plans to conquer the world. I’ll give you all the details next week!!
But first, let’s take a walk down memory lane of all the countries that I went to last year, and what I did. According to my statistics, 76,000 people read my blog last year. 76,000 people!! To think I only started this blog a little over three (3) years ago. Isn’t that marvellous?
Thank you so much for reading, making comment, and sticking with me. I love you all!
So let’s start with the country of my birth (England), and end with my new home-country (Germany). Here we go. Choose your poison….!
THE 10 COUNTRIES THAT I WENT TO LAST YEAR WERE:
The Queen was 90 year last year, and in a world of constant change and in a state of fear, I’m awfully glad that Queen Elizabeth II is still on the throne, ‘cos we need her!
And OMG! The outcome of Brexit was crazy! Sadly, we British Europeans, and others like us who voted for #Remain, lost out. Having said that, you should have seen how many newspaper and radio interviews I did at that time, as well as TV appearances. One newspaper even hounded me for an interview at midnight!
Here are the posts that I wrote about being British, and what it means.
The outcome of Brexit was awful. And I’m very, very sad, but I’m still British, and I love my original home-country that is England – the land of Hope and Glory n’ all that! In fact, last year I went back for my Masters graduation convention ceremony, which was full of pomp and tradition, but made me feel very much back to my roots, and proud of not only myself, but of my country too.
Whatever happens. I’ll still always be English.
Here’s what I wrote:
I hadn’t been to Denmark for years, so it was great to get back there. It wasn’t cheap though, so if you want to visit any Nordic country without selling your mother, here’s what you should do!
Over the summer, I decided to take The Tall Young Gentleman on a Summer European Challenge which consisted of spending the summer going to a different European country! Our boy is 14 years old going on 20, so it was just lovely spending quality time with him, before he grows up, and it’s too late!
Thankfully, he’s as great a traveller as I am, but a bit of a snob. You should have seen him whinge over taking the second class night train…!
Having said that, by the time our son was 5, he had already been to 32 countries, and at 12, he was already talking about spending his GAP year in Thailand, so there’s that!
Anyway, here it goes:
Our family holiday this year was to the Mediterranean. And we had a most wonderful time in Lisbon, the Algarves, and Porto in Portugal.
I can’t understand why most travellers and tourists don’t seem to go there, as it’s small, historical, not too expensive, the people are lovely, and it’s really rather pleasant to visit. Perhaps, they’re trying to keep it a secret.
Here’s why we went, and you should too!
Our family holiday this year was to the Mediterranean. And not only did we spend it in Portugal, but in Spain too!
Even though I had a most stressful visit to Barcelona in 2015, Madrid & Seville in 2016, turned it all around!
Here’s how Spain changed my opinion:
Once upon a time, I used to live in the Czech Republic, and for a very short time in Slovakia too. Over the summer, we took a trip down memory lane, and Slovakia was OK, but ultimately, I wasn’t impressed, because of the scamming that took place in our restaurant!
The Tall Young Gentleman wasn’t impressed either. He found Bratislava drab!
Read on though, and make up your own mind:
I was very excited to be back in Asia, not only ‘cos outside of Europe, Asia is my favourite continent, but because I was going to not one new Asian destinations, but two! And, I was at a travel bloggers conference called TBEX, and on a press trip around the lovely beaches of the Philippines too!
I haven’t actually written about any of the beaches yet, but I shared many of the “on-the-spot” activities and photographs on Facebook and Twitter, so if you’re not following me there, you should!
Switzerland was one of the countries that I decided to travel to over the summer. Even though it’s not far from Germany, I hadn’t actually been before!
And my verdict?
A lovely, lovely country!
As part of my visit to Asia last year, I opted to choose a Chinese-inspired country. And as much as I absolutely loooove Hong Kong, I chose a new destination.
I chose Taiwan.
In fact, I liked it so much that on our next family holiday to Asia, Taiwan would be one country that I would happily choose again. My German husband would adore it!
I spend a lot of my time travelling abroad, but last year, I wanted to make a huge effort travelling more around Germany. And I did!
Most of the destinations centered around the sea, and sailing, and for those of you who hadn’t thought of the seaside and Germany in one breath, well. It’s different, but really quite nice!
This year, I visited Usedom, I went sailing with the grandparents near Bremen, I went to my husband’s hometown of Osnabrück, and of course, I spent some time in my beloved Berlin.
Try if for yourself:
Oh yeaaaah! Berlin baby! I’ve been living here as an expat for 15 years. I know Berlin that’s why I am The British Berliner! So without further delay, here are the lovely posts that I wrote just for you:
OTHER PARTS OF GERMANY:
But 2016 was an interesting year, and even though in some parts it went terribly bad with politics and terrorism, in other ways it was great.
My own brother wrote a book which was taken up by a publisher in London, and I completed my MA (Education Management) at the University of Chester which had me flying in and out of the UK every 6 weeks!
I did a lot of media appearances not only about Brexit, but about the British monarchy too. I was recently invited to an exclusive Christmas celebration at the German parliament, with members of the House of Lords, the European Parliament, and the British Embassy!
My husband – The Music Producer – worked on two EP’s, mixed songs for several artists, and produced the music sound track of an independent short film, which is now applying for competition at international film festivals around the world!
I started a new job as the Vice School Principal of a Language School which might also lead to one of the biggest projects of my life. I can’t talk about it at the moment, but as I said last week, if it works out, it’s going to be huge. And if it doesn’t, well…!
The work of a lifestyle, expat, travel blogger is never done, so I’ll leave with you with some of my most inspiring motivational posts!
If you’ve noticed, you can now use the translation tab at the top of the page, to change my posts to the language of your choice. You can also check out some of the places where my writing and media appearances can be found, on this page here!
In short, I had a blast in 2016, and there’s many more exciting things about to start for me in 2017!
I have a family and I have a life. Most importantly, I’ve already found my home-base – Berlin – and I’m extremely happy with where I am and who I am.
52 fantastic posts!
Thank you so much for your support everyone. 2016 was a great year. Here’s to the next.
I have so much to say, so next week I will be sharing some of my travel destinations for 2017 with you.
It”s a New Year. Hip! Hip! Hurrah!
This article is not sponsored, and the exhilarating countries that I visited in 2016, were all my very own!
In January I’ll be making an announcement that will either having me jumping up and down like a Jack-in-the-Box, or crying over my hot cocoa! Find out throughout January!
The British Shorts Film Festival will take place from 12th – 18th January, 2017
Berlin Fashion Week will take place from 17th – 20th January, 2017. Save the Date!
At the beginning of January, I’ll be going to Holland, and at the end of it, I’ll be skiing in my favourite place, Rokytnice nad Jizerou, in the Czech Republic!
If you’re not in Berlin in January, then where the hell are you?
January is going to be splendid!
Watch this space!
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I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond, WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!
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A win-win for all!
Thanks a million!
See you in Berlin.
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I'm a British girl from Manchester living in Berlin with my German husband and my half British – half German son. My blog is a lifestyle expat travel blog and puts a focus on my promotion of culture, history, travels around the world, Europe, Brexit, the Royal Family, British-German life and being British in Berlin - I am The British Berliner!
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What an amazing 2016 you’ve had and wishing you a fabulous 2017 as well!
Thanks so much Lola! It has indeed. Wishing you the very best and a magnificent 2017 too. And hopefully, this will be the year that we actually meet face-to-face lol! Hurrah! 😀
Victoria you certainly had an amazing year! I have enjoyed following your blog and I am not surprised that you have so many people reading it. You created some great quality writing here and your enthusiasm is contagious. I will be looking forward to hear your plans for 2017. For me my favourite blog posts were about my trip to the Seychelles in February. For 2017 I am off to Australia next month for 3 weeks, I am also looking forward to taking early retirement to travel the world. Have a fabulous 2017!
Thanks so much for your lovely comments Gilda! I really appreciate it. It’s always a delight to get feedback, or meet people in person.
Your post about the Seychelles really was wonderful. We all enjoyed reading it, and I’m not in the least surprised at the great reception that you got for it. 😀 Austrailia sounds like another great trip and a marvellous post just waiting to happen. I can’t wait to read all about it. And retirement in the wings? Sounds like a marvellous plan. Have a most delightful 2017 too! xx
You’ve had an awesome year with a lot of highs! I hope 2017 is just as bodacious and travel filled for you and the family. Thanks for taking us along in the ride😀
Thanks so much KemKem! You’re very kind, and you were also one of the people who made Spain, such a pleasure. Thank you! 🙂
2016 was awesome, and I’m looking forward to the best that is yet to come!
p.s. You did fabulously well yourself. And it was a pleasure to read all about it!
Aw I love this post, and can I just say that your yellow dress is so pretty omg. You went to two more countries that me this year – I’m jealous haha. And ahaha I loved that quip about the mad effect of Brexit xD
Little Moon Elephant
Thanks so much Amy! You’re awfully kind. I love that dress too. 🙂 🙂
Sadly, Brexit gave us all a headache, and still does. That photograph is sooooo appropriate! Awww. ‘Sorry I beat you. 😉 Which countries did you go to this year?
Wow1 That’s a year well-traveled! And it seems like your 2017 will be just as busy? I’m back in Dubai. Will visit Doha later this month and then maybe a short trip to LA:)
Thanks so much Mitzie!
It has been a most pleasant year indeed, with more to come! I’ve never been to Dubai, but LA is one of our favourite places. 🙂
I must admit that was a great year for you. Many memories, great adventures and so many awesome stories to share. Do you have any big plans for 2017 when it comes to travels? I’m heading to North Korea in less than 3 weeks and then start planning my South America adventures. This is definitely a year of adventures for both of us and I can’t wait to read more and more on your blogs x x x
Thanks so much Agness! I totally agree! You can find all my travel plans for 2017 here, but I still have 1 or 2 thing up my sleeve!
Wow! North Korea sounds pretty exciting. And South America too?! I’ve not really travelled in that region yet, and I have no idea why. Perhaps, after or during your trips there, I’ll feel inspired to travel there too! Here’s to us – Bottoms Up! 🙂
Looks like you had a great year, just as I did! It’s odd, isn’t it, how we can have such a great year personally, yet the world around us seems to be going to hell in a handbasket?
Thanks so much Rachel! Indeed, I did! And yes, the world seemed to be falling to pieces, but I like to think that I follow my own mantra – Keep Calm, Pull Yourself Together, And Carry On! 🙂
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