Why We’re Spending the Winter in England and Our Journey Plans for 2018

We’re spending the entire winter in England! Are we loopy? Fairly probably.

One of many causes we left the UK almost eight years in the past was to flee the dreary winters. We’ve spent years following the solar world wide and loving it. However one of many issues we search on our travels is change and we’re prepared for one thing completely different.

Winter is such a novelty to us now that we’re having fun with the frosty mornings, cosy evenings by the hearth, roasting root greens, sporting woolly jumpers, and snuggling beneath blankets. We’re additionally having fun with how straightforward it’s being again—with the ability to drink the faucet water, the large selection in supermarkets, not having to take care of ants and mosquitos. Despite the fact that we don’t actually really feel that we belong right here any extra (we don’t get many cultural references), there’s consolation within the familiarity. A minimum of for now.

We determined to come back again for a couple of causes. Quite a lot of family members had well being points final yr and we wished to spend extra time with them. We wished to come back again for a correct Christmassy Christmas (and it was fantastic!).

As we don’t know what’s going to occur to our rights to journey within the EU after Brexit in 2019, we determined to focus our travels on Europe for many of 2018. Whereas we might spend the winter months someplace sunny like southern Spain we discover we really feel colder there as a result of lack of central heating.

Simon at Platform 9 3/4 at Harry Potter Studio Tour

Visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour is likely one of the greatest issues we’ve executed since being again. Don’t miss it!

Harry Potter Studio Tour - The Great Hall at Christmas

Particularly when it’s Christmas themed!

Our England Plans

Our focus for the winter months is to work and save up money so we are able to splurge later within the yr. I’ll be updating previous weblog posts and writing new ones about Oman and Japan, whereas Simon is beginning an thrilling new venture—creating an journey sport.

So we’ve signed up for a sequence of housesits in Somerset, Dorset, Lancashire, and London, which we discovered on the Trusted Housesitters web site and thru household and mates.

We’re at present taking care of two cats in a teeny village in Somerset the place the stone homes have names as a substitute of numbers (The Outdated Cider Mill, The Outdated Store) and an previous pink telephone field has been was a help-yourself library. This week we’ll be becoming a member of the neighborhood for the wassail—an historical pagan customized that includes visiting the cider orchards and singing to the bushes to encourage the apples to develop. It’s a special world right here.

We’re loving our routine of mornings working, afternoon walks down slender nation lanes, and cosy evenings by the hearth. Easy however beautiful.

Erin at the library telephone box in our cute Somerset village

Erin on the library phone field in our cute Somerset village

I’m Operating a Half Marathon!

One of many benefits of the chilly climate is that it’s a lot simpler to run than within the sizzling, sweaty, pavement-less tropics. So I’ve signed up for my second half marathon! The primary one I did in California in 2014 was the most effective issues I’ve ever executed, however our fixed journey has made it troublesome to slot in one other.

I’m excited to be operating within the new London Landmarks Half Marathon in March. Effectively, as soon as I received over my freak out that would I probably run 13.1 miles once I didn’t run additional than four miles in all of 2017? How would I take care of winter operating? Ugh, rain!

I’m three weeks into my coaching (I’m following Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 12-week programme once more) and armed with my new heat operating garments, I’m loving it thus far, even on frosty mornings. Effectively, possibly not a lot the rain and wind.

Sunrise run in Somerset

It’s straightforward to get in a dawn run when the solar doesn’t rise till after 8am!

I’ve additionally been following the True 30 day yoga journey with the fantastic Yoga with Adriene, which is the proper complement to my operating. The movies are free, it’s appropriate for all ranges, and you can begin anytime. Yoga day by day has been a life changer for me (I’m as much as 474 days) and I extremely advocate it for each bodily and psychological wellbeing. 

A Request

I’m operating London Landmarks on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society. Simon’s grandad was recognized with Alzheimer’s final yr and it has been a very troublesome time for all of the household. It’s a horrible illness that takes away the individual you like and I need to assist this charity who’re working arduous to discover a treatment.

If you’ll be able to donate I might actually admire it. You may donate on my Simply Giving web page the place I’ll even be sharing weekly updates on my coaching. 

The Remainder of 2018

Don’t fear, we’re not planning to cool down completely. In April we’ll be heading to one in all our favorite nations, Italy. We’ll be taking the practice through Paris as a result of flying sucks. Our first cease shall be Bologna which we’ll use as our base to discover the gorgeous cities of the foodie area Emilia-Romagna. I’m particularly wanting ahead to attempting balsamic vinegar at its supply in Modena (doubly so since Grasp of None filmed there).

After that we now have no particular plans however it’s probably we’ll head to a few of our favorite Italy locations—hopefully month-long stays in Lecce (in Puglia) and Rome—in addition to discover some new components of the nation. Tell us in case you have any strategies for hidden gems!

After Italy we’ll see, however excessive on the want record are Georgia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Greece, and Iceland.

Ask Us Something!

On Friday 19th January from 11am EST (4pm GMT) for at the least an hour we’ll be operating a query and reply session on the web site AMAFeed. You may ask us something about our travels, digital nomad work, packing, vegetarian journey or anything. You may submit your query upfront right here or be part of us reside on the day after we’ll be answering questions.

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