November was one of those months for me that, looking back, seems like it could have been four months. How was I working in France at the refugee camps at the beginning of the month and now I’m here, sitting at my friend’s kitchen table in northern Germany typing this out? I love doing these recap posts because it makes me remember how much actually happens in life.
Where was I in November?
France (the refugee camps), England (London & Dorset), the Netherlands (Amsterdam), Denmark (Copenhagen), Germany (Munich, Bielefeld & more!)
Most popular Instagram in November…
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I can't say I was that impressed with the floating flower market in Amsterdam. "Floating flower market" just sounds more magical than the endless stalls of mass produced packaging that was the reality. That is, until I looked up 👀at the last stall 🌸🌺🌷Try & look up this Sunday 💕
My favorite Instagram in November…
November adventured like…
- I once again spent part of this month working in the refugee camps in Northern France. It was my second time there and seemed to go by a lot faster than the first – I wrote a post about meeting a refugee, because from my survey last month, 100% of people wanted to hear stories from the refugees. I’ve also launched a fundraiser campaignfor the Dunkirk Refugee Women’s Centre, and designed merchandise that we are selling over the holiday season. If you are looking for presents (for yourself or others!) please please please check out our shop – 100% of donations go straight back into supporting vulnerable women, children, and unaccompanied minors in Dunkirk and Calais.
- I spent a few days at Dan’s house in Dorset. It was really lovely – we got to play with his family friend’s dog, went to a movie, baked a cake, binge watched Stranger Things 2, basically did all those lovely homey things that I miss out on generally living this new “nomadic” lifestyle. I also caught up on a lot of admin, including announcing the winner of my first ever giveaway! I loved running the giveaway and definitely want to do one again… any requests?
- I’ve also spent some time traveling for fun! Yay! I call it: the Autumnal Northern European Jaunt. Lol. This included a solo trip to Amsterdam, a weekend in Copenhagen with an old friend/flatmate from my time in Exeter, and reuniting with one of my best friends from home in GERMANY for Thanksgiving!!! It’s been such a whirlwind and I’m ending the trip with a massive & v important road trip!!! My friend Madeleine and I are doing a donation transport all the way from Germany to France.
- Other than that, posts this month have included looks back on my travels of the last few months: a reflection on Budapest, a huuuuge gluten free guide to Cinque Terre, advice on what to do in London’s Little Venice, a travel gift guide for super unique and unusual gifts for every single kind of traveler, and more.
November tasted like…
- Dan and I made the Bruce Bogtrotter cake from Matilda and it was AMAZING. Highly recommend. We replaced the flour with gluten free flour and you cannot tell the difference… it doesn’t have that much flour in it anyway as it’s mostly full of ground almonds, and CHOCOLATE.
- The nice thing about solo travel in Amsterdam was traipsing about to all the gluten free places I wanted without the associated guilt of dragging a non-gluten free traveler around with you. And Amsterdam is DEFINITELY a good city to go to if you’re gluten free. This was the most helpful post I read – it’s so exhaustive that I probably won’t be doing my own Amsterdam guide!
November read like…
- I finished The House at Riverton by Kate Morton which I started last month… it was fine, but like with other Kate Morton novels, I feel like she has a great idea for a story, but the execution isn’t there. She draws out parts of the story that aren’t that interesting, I think in an effort to build suspense for the reader, but instead it falls flat and becomes boring, with the most interesting part lasting only a few chapters at the very end. Does anyone else think this about Kate Morton’s writing?
- Labyrinth by Kate Mosse was a great book mixing history with fantasy with drama in a story about a quest for the grail lasting over 800 years. It was a really nice train/plane/travel book (besides the fact it is like 700 pages and weighed down my bag lol) and I would recommend it!
- Diary of Anne Frank…I listened to this on audiobook (I got the free trial of Audible which includes a free book!). I really wanted to finish it before I went to the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, and it was a great company as I walked around the city by myself. Definitely would do this again if I’m doing more solo travel, I don’t know why I stopped listening to audiobooks for so long!
- Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier is the book I’m currently working my way through. It’s a classic novel set in Cornwall and reading it is really bringing me back to my beloved county.
- Oh, and writing this has made me notice that without even trying, every book I read this month was written by a woman!! YES, girl power!!!
What did you guys all get up to over November? Let me know! I can’t believe the Christmas markets are already in full swing and it’s even SNOWED already in Michigan!!! I have some exciting plans in the works for December and… some REALLY REALLY REALLY big news (have I sold it yet? ;P )… Stay tuned for that post this month.