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How I went to 8 exciting countries. Brexit happened. And then my father died in 2019!

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How I went to 8 exciting countries. Brexit happened. And then my father died in 2019!

Happy New Year everyone.

It’s officially 2020!

My goodness!

2019 was an exciting, but very mixed year!

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 130,000+ people read my blog in some form or other, last year.

130,000+ people!!

I don’t know how I managed that as in most cases I only managed to write one (1) or two (2) articles per month!

And why pray?

Well, my dad died!

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I rarely talk about intimate members of my family, but my dad passed away. It’s been most upsetting.

I rarely talk about intimate members of my family, but my dad passed away in June.

It was 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 still 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.

Ode to my father; marathon, running, run
To protect the privacy of my family, this photograph is not him, but an ode and representation of my father.

I would like to thank you all, for the kind words and support that many of you gave me, at that most awful time.

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I would just like to thank some very important people – YOU!

Thank you so much for reading, making comment, and sticking with me. I love you all!

So let’s do this.

You won’t believe it but four (4) of the countries I visited last year, were utterly new ones!

Here we go!

THE 8 COUNTRIES THAT I WENT TO LAST YEAR WERE:

  • Norway
  • Greece
  • France
  • England
  • Italy
  • Georgia
  • Poland
  • Ukraine

NORWAY:

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Get ready for exciting posts over the summer – Hamnøy, Norway!
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Victoria on the Oslo Fjord Sightseeing river cruise in Oslo! ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Norway – January 2019

I love travelling with our son, and even though he’s 17, almost 18 now (gulp), it won’t be long until he’ll want to be travelling with his friends.

In that wise, every January, The Tall Young Gentleman and I, spend some quality time together either visiting some dubious destination, or skiing!

This time around, I decided to take him to Oslo.

In Norway.

Get ready for exciting posts over the winter!

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GREECE:

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Get ready for more exciting posts over the summer – At the Acropolis in Athens, Greece!
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Victoria at the Greek Parliament in Athens. ‘Notice the Evzones or presidential guards’ pom-poms. I think they’re amazing, but perhaps a little difficult to fight in! ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Greece – March 2019

I absolutely loved Athens.

In Greece!

It was a birthday present from my husband – The Music Producer.

I’d never been to Greece before.

I was delighted!

Although there was so much going on last year that I forgot to write about ‘it. Oops!

I did push out photos and videos on Facebook & Twitter.

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FRANCE:

And then we went to France.

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Victoria outside Restaurant Le Criquet in Arles! ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – France – April 2019

France is one of my favourite countries, so we tend to go there quite often!

This time around, we went to Provence.

To be precise, we went to:

And we went there by train!

Read more about France here!

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ENGLAND:

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Churchill would be turning in his grave!

Hopefully, you all know that England is where I originally come from so when my dad died, I used my British passport in order to travel to Cheshire, where my parents live!

I didn’t write about the funeral here of course, but if you’re looking for resources and research material about England, go to this link here!

And remember, if ever you need help booking or organising a trip, you can contact me here!

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ITALY:

Sardinia; Sardegna; the island of Sardinia; island; Italy; Italian; Europe; travel
I’d never been to Sardinia before. It was very nice!
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Victoria at the seaside in Sardinia! ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Italy – July 2019

My favourite part of Italy is Tuscany, but we didn’t go there this time, we went 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!

Even though we were grieving and bereaved, we liked it very much and needed the break!

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GEORGIA:

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Is it safe to travel to Georgia in Europe?

I went to Tbilisi.

In Georgia!

Not Georgia in the USA!

Here’s what I wrote. Click here!

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POLAND:

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The Tall Young Gentleman with a rich tomato soup broth at Bicykl Restaurant in Łódź – ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Poland – October 2019
Head; The Head, huge head; sculptural head; bronze head; Eros Bendato; Eros Tied; Igor Mioraj; sculptural head on Rynek Glowny; sculptural head on Krakow Town Square; sculptural head in Krakow; huge head on Rynek Glowny; huge head on Krakow Town Square; huge head in Krakow; head on Rynek Glowny; head on Krakow Town Square; head in Krakow; statue; sculptor; man; face; culture; art; Krakow; Cracow; Poland; Polish; Europe; Eastern Europe; European; travel;
The huge bronze head – Eros Bendato – on Rynek Główny in Kraków ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Poland – October 2019

Poland is one of my favourites places to visit, but last year I decided to go to both Krakow and for the very first time – Łódź!

For more on Poland, click here!

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UKRAINE:

Ukrainian chips; chips; Ukrainian fries; fries; Ukrainian food; food; Lviv; Lwów; Lvov; Lemberg; Ukraine; Ukrainian; Europe; travel;
A bag of chips in Lviv. Or Lwów, Lvov or Lemberg! ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Ukraine – October 2019
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Ukrainian pancakes & ice-cream in Kiev. Or Kyiv! ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Ukraine – October 2019

I hadn’t actually planned to travel to Ukraine at all!

But as I was going to be in Poland anyway and was looking for a new destination, I remembered that Ukraine was just around the corner and added it in!

We went to just two cities:

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WHY DID VICTORIA GO TO POLAND, GEORGIA & UKRAINE?

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Because all the above countries are in Eastern Europe, have long magnificent histories, fascinating cultures, and a gastronomy that people say you have just got to try!

And they’re ridiculously cheap!

Surely, the time was right!

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BERLIN:

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I don’t know about you, but I’m adorable! The British Berliner is 6 years old. It’s my birthday and I’ll sing if I want to!

Oh yeaaaah! Berlin baby! I’ve been living here as an expat for more than 17 years. I know Berlin that’s why I am The British Berliner! So without further delay, here are some of the lovely posts that I wrote in 2019, just for you:

AND THEN BREXIT HAPPENED. URGH!

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Brexit is Boring!

The British Berliner is a well-known British-German expert when it comes to the British Monarchy, British Politics and British expat issues in Germany, and of course a popular well-known British person who travels!

In fact, I was on TV, on the radio & in the newspaper.

Yep!

I was on Radio One (Radio Eins) too.

For more posts that I wrote about Britain, being a British expat, the UK, or where I was featured in 2019, click here!

I didn’t do too badly, me thinks!

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The British Berliner is 6 years old. It’s my birthday and I’ll sing if I want to!

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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By the way, you don’t have to wait for Christmas to get presents. Go ahead and treat yourself!

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7 Christmas gifts that don’t cost a single thing, and 7 gifts that do – 20192020!

In short, all things considering, 2019 was alright.

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.

Thank you so much for your support everyone.

Bottoms up!

I'm not really a beach person as I prefer mountains and rivers or beach destinations that have more than the sea to recommend them! Me at the Grotto in the Algarve!
I’m not really a beach person as I prefer mountains or beach destinations that have more than the sea to recommend them!
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I have so much to say, so I will be sharing some of my travel destinations for 2020 with you very soon.

It’s a New Year. Hip! Hip! Hurrah!

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It’s really easy and can be done in all of 10 minutes!

Here’s a simple guide I wrote, about how to start a blog!

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Not only that, if you start a new blog in 2020 starting today, there’s an exclusive sale for 20% off WordPress.com!

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If you’re still having problems or would prefer a step-by-step live guide, click here!

Nifty!

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So what are you waiting for, 2020 is finally here.

Get to work!

And good luck!

HOW I WENT TO 8 EXCITING COUNTRIES. BREXIT HAPPENED. AND THEN MY FATHER DIED IN 2019!

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How I went to 8 exciting countries. Brexit happened. And then my father died in 2019!

This article is not sponsored, and the enchanting countries that I visited in 2019, were all my very own!

If you’re not in Berlin in January, then where the hell are you?

January is going to be splendid!

See you soon!

Watch this space!

DISCLOSURE!

Please note that The British Berliner is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates programme, an affiliate programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon, Amazon UK & Amazon Germany.

In short, there are four affiliate link companies connected to this post! Every time one of these services is used, booked, and paid for via my link, I get a little percentage, but at no extra cost to yourself!
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Note! I never travel without insurance as you never know what might happen.

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!

So what are you waiting for?

Thanks a million!

Victoria Ade-Genschow; The British Berliner; Berlin; British expat; British travel blogger; travel blogger; lifestyle blogger; expat blogger; travel professional; monarchy expert; presenter; TV presenter; British in Berlin; British in Germany; British expat in Berlin; British expat in Germany; EU; Europe; European Union; Expat life, Germany; Europe; travel;
How I went to 8 exciting countries. Brexit happened. And then my father died in 2019!

Where did you travel to last year? Are there any particular posts that you enjoyed? Let me know in the comments below!

See you in Berlin.

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3 Comments on “How I went to 8 exciting countries. Brexit happened. And then my father died in 2019!

  1. Hi Victoria. Sorry to hear about your dad passing. I used to visit Cheshire regularly when I lived in the UK.

    • Hi Mat,
      Thank you for your kind words. It was pretty hard and more distressful than I thought it would be. However, being at home in Cheshire and seeing my brothers and familiar surroundings, certainly helped. 🙂

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