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Posted on January 3, 2018 by thebritishberliner
Happy New Year everyone.
It’s officially 2018!!!!!
2017 was a mixed bag of a 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, over 100,000 people read my blog in some form or other, last year.
To think I only started this blog a little over four (4) 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 8 COUNTRIES THAT I WENT TO LAST YEAR WERE:
Yeah, the issue of Brexit went from bad to worse!
Sadly, we British Europeans, and others like us who voted for #Remain in 2016, lost out. Having said that, I did quite a few academic debates and talks about it, as well as a few newspaper interviews!
The question of what is to become of Brits abroad and EU citizens in the UK, is a sore point right now, and I’m sure there will be lots more debates to come.
I really enjoy talking about important political issues, as much as I enjoy travelling. I don’t tend to write much (Ha! Ha!) about the politics of the day, and that tends to lead to an impression that I’m quite frothy.
Until they hear me speak.
I have a BSc. Political Science, with a Major, in European Politics. As well as an MA in Leadership & Management.
I think I know what I’m talking about!
I believe that leaving the EU was a mistake.
I’m very, very sad about the awful outcome, but I’m still proud to be British.
Is it any wonder that when I got a letter in the post, summoning me to an “invitation only” event organised for Their Royal Highnesses William, The Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, that I was enormously proud, and very excited.
And honestly, when I met them, I almost fainted with nerves, and spent most of the evening with a huge grin on my face, a sweaty forehead, and shaky hands!
Here are the posts that I wrote about Britain, being a British expat, and the United Kingdom as a whole, or where I was featured:
I didn’t do too badly, me thinks!
I spent a considerable amount of time in England last year, and I did so because even though I’m a British European, I still love my original home-country that is England – the land of Hope and Glory n’ all that!
In fact, last year I must have been in and out, at least three times. Most of it was to visit family, but two (2) were connected to travel and one (1) was an invitation to BBC London!
I was featured on BBC Radio 4 which is a huge deal in the UK.
A HUGE deal!
I was flown to London, fêted, and everything, and the recording can be heard on the podcast on the side panel.
When I go there, I did a radio magazine programme called Woman’s Hour. It’s a broadcast consisting of reports, interviews and debates on health, education, cultural and political topics aimed at women.
I was on the series called BBC Radio 4 – Woman’s Hour – Late Night Woman’s Hour, presented by Lauren Laverne. The series airs on a late night slot and each episode is on a single topic for discussion every month!
The topic for June 2017 was Travel and Adventure!
That was so awesome!
Here’s what I wrote:
I love travelling with our son, and even though he’s 15 (gulp), it won’t be long until he’ll want to be travelling with his friends.
In Northern European countries that age tends to be between 16 and 17 years old, as young people are more independent, and their parents liberal, tolerant, and open-minded.
In that wise, I decided to go to Amsterdam and Zaandam, for the weekend, with our teenager in tow!
If you’re nervous about taking your children to Holland, don’t be, it’s a normal country just like any other, and many parents travel with their kids to Holland and to Amsterdam, with absolutely no issues at all. Here’s how to do it:
Every two years, we go skiing.
I’m a great fan of the Czech Republic, after all, once upon a time, I lived in Prague…
So I usually like to ski there.
Even though I travel a lot, I’m a creature of habit as far as hotels and apartments are concerned. If I like the location, I usually go there again!
Last year, there was so much going on in January & February, that I forgot to write about it. Oops!
I did push out photos and videos on Facebook & Twitter. If you don’t want to miss out, follow me on Twitter here!
Here’s what I wrote previously…
Austria must be one of the loveliest countries in Europe.
When an opportunity to visit, came up, I didn’t hesitate.
That opportunity was to be the “0” birthday of my husband – The Music Producer!
I wanted somewhere “nice” and not too far away.
And I wanted somewhere connected to music.
Vienna was just the place!
Here’s what I wrote:
Croatia was marvellous!
It was the first time that I had ever been to the Balkan States, my 62nd country, and the first (1st) new country for 2017!
I’m a strong supporter of Europe, and I have a weakness for tiny countries in the middle of beyond!
However, when I pitched Croatia to my husband – The Music Producer – he wasn’t initially convinced.
He thought that Croatia would be too far into Eastern Europe, leading into the throngs of Albania, Romania, and Bulgaria.
He wasn’t excited at all!
He soon changed his mind.
Because Game of Thrones.
I found it terribly exciting to recognise the exact locations where the popular fantasy series is filmed.
And not only that, but I even got to meet one of the major minor characters, a few months later – Tom Wlaschiha – otherwise known as Jaqen H’ghar – the handsome hero of the Faceless Men of Braavos, a feared Order of mysterious assassins with the ability to change their appearance at will…!
I must be one of the world’s biggest nerds, as I was one of the very few people who actually recognised him…
We liked Croatia so much, that within two months, we decided to go to it’s “sister country” Slovenia, too!
Here’s what I wrote:
Slovenia was the third (3rd) new country for 2017, and an utter delight!
One of the reasons that I decided to go to their capital city is because I’m weird, and I like going to interesting exotic places!
Seriously though, the reason why I want to go to Slovenia is because I’ve heard such a lot of wonderful things from practically everyone! And remember, just two years ago, I hadn’t heard of any of the Baltic or Balkan States.
In fact, I couldn’t even pronounce them!
We had a lovely time, and this is what we did:
Sweden was a completely new country, so we decided to visit Stockholm.
Not only that, but we were looking for an adventure.
And when I say we, obviously, I mean I, as The Tall Young Gentleman was exhausted!
You know me long enough to fear that I would never take the straight and easy path. It always has to be complicated, slightly weird and kooky to match!
So we travelled from Berlin – Stockholm – Berlin entirely by coach-bus!
Ha! Ha! Ha!
It was crazy, and I vowed never to do it again, and two weeks later, did exactly the same thing!
Read on to find out why:
Has been in existence for over four (4) years.
My first ever blog post was in late October 2013, and what a post!
I’m still getting comments and hate mail about it, and why is that so?
Well, check it out for yourself and tell me what you think.
In fact, why not make your own comment. And the title of said piece – Germany is Boring!
If only people would actually read things…
The fact is, I’ve been living in Germany for over 15 years. Yes, 15 years!
Who would have thought that not only would I be living in this wonderful city – Berlin, but I would be married to a German bloke to boot!
If anyone had told me this years ago, I would have laughed in their face!
And even though I’m British, and I’ve been living here as an expat for years, it never gets old. In fact, I still feel as if I’ve only just got here!
So is it any wonder that I wrote the following posts about Germany:
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 in 2017 just for you:
2017 was a mixed bag of a year.
In some ways, it went terribly bad, and in other ways it was fabulous.
But that year is over, so let’s look forward to another exciting outcome.
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!
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In short, I had a blast in 2017, and there’s many more exciting things about to start for me in 2018!
I love the life of the roving journalist and blogger about town.
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. 2017 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 2018 with you.
It”s a New Year. Hip! Hip! Hurrah!
This article is not sponsored, and the thrilling countries that I visited in 2017, were all my very own!
In January I’ll be making an announcement that will probably surprise you. Find out throughout January!
I went on a press trip to Hamburg. Watch out for the details!
I’ll be continuing my last visit to the UK later in the month!
In a few weeks, I’ll be visiting Belgium!
I’ll be at the British Shorts Film Festival taking place between 11th – 17th January. If you’re an aspiring film-maker submission is free of charge, so hurry!
I’ll be at the most famous burlesque-fantastic Berlin operetta – Frau Luna – Operette in zwei Akten, taking place at TIPI AM KANZLERAMT, between 11th January – 11th March. Everyone’s most excited!
I’ll be at Berlin Fashion Week taking place between 16th – 18th January.
I’ll be at the 33rd British Council Literature Seminar – #BritLitBerlin taking place between 25th – 27th January, 2018. If you want to attend or join in, registration is now open!
Save the Date!
I’ll be there. Will you?
If you’re not in Berlin in January, then where the hell are you?
January is going to be splendid!
See you next week!
Watch this space!
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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!
Happy New Year! Bonne Annee!
I started reading your blog back in June and have been enjoying it–blame it on seeing your posts about Croatia.
Happy to drink to more travel tales in the new year! 😀
Aww! Thanks so much Elisa! That’s awfully sweet of you to say so. I’m really glad that you liked my posts on Croatia.
I liked it too! 😉
Raise your glass girlfriend. Cheers! 😀
Wow! These are indeed awesome suggestions, Vic! Excellent travel destinations and tips! 😉
Thanks very much Agness! Where are you off to this year?
I’m currently in Amsterdam and I am soon traveling to Kenya, Vic! 🙂
Aha! ‘Nice one Agness, sounds like a great trip coming up. I haven’t yet been to Kenya proper, only as a stopover at the airport, so I’m not counting it! I look forward to reading all about it! 😀
You certainly did have a blast and it was fun keeping up with you. I still shudder though at the really long bus ride and the obnoxious guy..teehee! Congratulations on many awesome opportunities and acing them. Looking forward to what this year has in store. All good l’m sure.
Thanks very much KemKem!
Ha! Ha! That bus ride was utter hell. I don’t know what I was thinking when I went and did it all over again! 😉 Here’s to a great New Year. Cheers! 😀
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