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This post is an article of mixed feelings and probably one of the shortest ever, and if you follow me on Facebook, you probably already know why.
I’m a little behind with what I’ve already done this year, so I’m going to add it into the HIGHS!
You won’t believe it but I’ve already been to three countries this year and two of them were utterly new ones!
It’s been really busy.
I haven’t yet written about it here, but if you follow me on Twitter, you’re usually one of the first to know!
So go on then.
And Brexit has been taking all my attention too.
In fact, I was on TV, on the radio & in the newspaper.
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I was on Radio One (Radio Eins) too.
Here’s what I’ve been up to all year!
Is it any wonder that even though I was featured everywhere, I didn’t have time for the blog itself!
Just know that even though the post might not be published, it’s certainly written!
This summer I’ll be travelling to Italy, Georgia, Poland & England!
I’ve been to Italy about a million times and Italy and I are una canzone d’amore!
My favourite part of Italy is Tuscany, but we’re not going there this time, we’re going to an island.
The island of Sardinia.
I’m not big on hot beaches, but sometimes, you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone, and for me, it’s a very hot beach rather than a windy rainy one!
I’ve never been to Sardinia before, but it should be fun!
When I first heard mention of Georgia, I thought it was Georgia – the American state – in the USA.
But it isn’t.
A country in the Caucasus.
A country from the former USSR.
I’m going to be there as a guest of the city of Tbilisi.
In fact, I do believe that even though Tbilisi will never ever beat Berlin in terms of trend and fashion.
Ha! Ha! Ha!
Georgia is going to be the place to be in 2019/2020.
More about that in the weeks to come!
Poland needs absolutely no introduction as I’ve written extensively about it many times before!
In fact, as far as Poland is concerned, I’m a bit of a notorious star!
And why pray?
Because of an article that I wrote all of five (5) years ago!
And the title of said piece: Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go!
Poland is one of my favourites places to visit, but this time I’ll be travelling to Łódź for the very first time!
Here are the articles I wrote previously:
Hopefully, you all know that England is where I originally came from and the hassle that Brexit has bestowed upon us, so I’ll be using my British passport in order to travel to Cheshire!
There’s such a lot of stuff so in order to read them, go to the link for England – here!
And remember, if ever you need help booking or organising a trip, you can contact me here!
Speaking of England.
I rarely talk about intimate members of my family, but my dad passed away last Saturday.
It’s been most upsetting.
He was a man who was born into wealth and privilege but chose to live a gentle life.
He was quiet but allowed us all to choose what was best for us, rather than the other way around.
Most importantly of all, he loved running and was always in one marathon or the other. In fact, growing up, he was kind enough to let all his children win, whenever we ran against him!
I’ve always had my daddy even as an adult and a parent myself.
It feels strange.
I don’t have a dad anymore!
He was 77 years old and is survived by his children & second wife of 40+ years.
ps. To protect the privacy of my family, the photograph above isn’t actually him, but an ode and representation of my father.
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That’s it for now.
See you soon!
Watch this space!
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Victoria, I am so sorry to hear about your dad passing. I have lost my mother in 2001 and still miss her dreadfully. It takes a long time to process and accept such a loss, eventually it gets a little bit easier. Surrounding yourself with family and friends is a great comfort. Sounds like you have great plans for the summer. Enjoy 🙂
Thank you so much Gilda.
You’re awfully kind. It’s quite raw at the moment but as you say, time will make things a little better.
I’m so glad for the life I live and the family & friends I have making each day brighter.
I live in the us in oregon , and I just wanted to say that I think your blog is great. I wish you the best on future adventures ( am extremely jealous ). Keep it up!
Thanks so much Steve. You’re very kind.
It’s so lovely to hear from my Stateside readers as many of my followers are from the US! 😀
I echo your pain, I lost my Father right before Thanksgiving and to say that it is a surreal feeling is an understatement.
It is like something inside of me died and keeping busy has been my saving grace, I write to keep from crying and I cry when I write.
My prayers are yours as we both adjust to being part of the unenviable fraternity.
Blessings and grace!
I’m sorry for your loss Shun. That must have been awful especially at a time when family is most expected to be together.
It’s always a shock when a loved one passes away no matter how old , we, or they, are.
Thank you for your kind words.
A great post. A great post deserves a great thank you from a reader like me who is always appreciating great content
Thanks very much. I’m glad you like it.
Which part is your favourite?
I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. It sounds like he was a great guy. Hope you have a good summer. Thank for sharing your adventures and lovely photos!
Thank you so much NN!
My dad was lovely and very kind. I hope I inherited some of those traits. The kindness part at least! 🤣
I’m hoping to have as good a summer as I possibly can, in order to use the time with family.
‘Very glad that you like my writing. Thank you! 😀
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I am really sorry to hear your dad passed away. It’s hard losing a parent. May you be comforted by wonderful memories. I hope you are enjoying all your summer travels at the moment.
Thank you so much for your kind wishes. It was an awful time.
I miss my dad but when I look around, I see many things that remind me of him. And it’s a comfort.
p.s. Yep! Plans are in the making! 😀
Sending you a big hug.
Thanks so much! 😀
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