The birthday month. The best month (apple orchards, crunchy leaves, haunted houses, cinnamon sugar donuts, new beginnings, chocolate & pumpkin birthday cake) but a weird one this year as it was my first birthday within memory that I haven’t been in formal education.
At the start of September, I had a slight shock to the system. I returned to the UK after a month galavanting through the European heatwave and, in my absence, Autumn had arrived. An even greater shock came when I boarded a train to France, where I worked in a refugee camp for most of the month. My summer of short shorts, beating sun and lazy hikes started to seem ridiculously luxurious as I spent each day covered in mud and rain, sleeping in a broken campervan with no hot water which made me miss the RV I have back home with all the best accessories for an RV, helping homeless refugees in the forests of France. In all honesty, I’m still having a hard time reconciling that experience with my general daily life. Returning to the UK for my graduation and a family reunion, I felt overwhelmed by the superficiality, excess, and associated guilt of my blessed life…. this contrast is quite evident in my blog posts from this month, alternating throwback posts on my Eurotrip with in-the-moment diary posts of working in the refugee camp.
Big thanks to y’all for sticking around and reading this month, as I haven’t been the most regular of posters. I’ve been powering through the final month of my Masters degree and decided to give the blog (and attached instagram) a bit of breathing room. However, it wasn’t all for naught with the blog this month as I was actually named one of Blogosphere Magazine’s Top 10 In the Spotlight blogs – still in a bit of shock about that but very, very happy! Here’s a bit more of what I’ve been up to this month…
April was such a rejuvenating month for me – I got back to my roots both figuratively and literally, as I got to travel again but I also got to see family! I can also say that I’m LOVING the longer, sunnier days. I even got myself a smoothie blender so I can drink a fruit smoothie on my walk through the park to work (because I’m THAT person now and I have literally no shame). So….how was April, in all its glory?
My whole entire childhood I despised Februaries. It was the month when the Michigan snow turned to permanent brown slush. The temperature would plummet lower and lower, as my skin got paler and my hair got more static-y. This was my third February in England, though, and I think I’m coming to terms with my old foe! It was a surprisingly warm/sunny month, and I emerged (briefly) from my shell in the library to actually enjoy this month!
We haven’t quite said goodbye to November yet, but I’m feeling reflective so here’s your recap! It was a tough month for all, but I hope you all can find some good when you look back.
Where was I in November?
Once again shackled to this little rainy island! Which hasn’t been such a bad thing – I’ve visited Bristol and Penkridge, Exeter, Plymouth, and yesterday I did a day trip to Birmingham!
October is my favorite month – the turning leaves, apple cider and hot soup, candy and creepy costumes, pumpkins and Halloween, and my birthday! Whereas September is the beginning of Autumn, October is when we really get into the swing of things. I hope you all had wonderful Octobers, here’s a short overview of my jam-packed one.
Where was I in September?
This was the month of the Plymouths! Plymouth, Michigan & Plymouth, England.
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September adventured like…
- Not counting my international flight as I moved back to the UK (post-mini summer break), I haven’t done much traveling in September! I’ve mostly been settling back into university life, trying to set up a routine, heading back to work and studying…
- My lack of travels have made this the perfect month for me to catch up on posts from my busy summer! I wrote about how I did on my British summer bucket list, an awesome jam-packed day trip to Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes, a way-way throwback to my walking guide to 24 hours in Madrid, Spain, our relaxing weeklong trip to Vero Beach, Florida, my weekend stay in the Cotswolds, a weekend in Cornwall with my parents, and more!
- September 10th did see the wedding of my cousin in Michigan! So I guess that’s my biggest adventure this month, adding to the family 🙂 Next month there will be a new kind of addition with my other cousin expecting a baby!!
- At the beginning of the month I was thrilled to write my ultimate tips to traveling gluten free! I had a great response to this one – I love sharing tips especially when they involve ~food~
- I BOUGHT A BLENDER GO ME
- Update on blender: I HAVE MADE SO MUCH SOUP. AM I IMMORTAL YET
I hope everybody’s falls/autumns are kicking off well. Mine has been full of changes – adjusting to a new year of school, a new house, new housemates, new friends, new activities…new new new! It’s felt rocky at times but I’m overall having a great time and really excited for this term coming up! And hoping I can squeeze a bit of travel in now and then, as well 🙂
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August adventured like…
- Ive got my first real break in a year! I was happy to finish up school in early August and jet off home to the USA from England (after finishing essays, moving house, and running the Totnes 10k!)
- I’ve loved chilling at home, along with road tripping the UP (and Wisconsin!) with my parents, and spending time in Florida with my grandparents!
- Tomatoes!! I’m so happy to have won the August Eat This Poem haiku contest on the theme of tomatoes
- I’m loving all this home cooked food!
- Gobbled up a lot of gluten free food on my travels, favorites include Donckers in the UP (Marquette) and any of the places we went to in Wisconsin.
I hope you’ve all seen off your summers in the best of ways!