*Enters virtual confessional*
“Forgive me readers, for I have sinned. It’s been one whole year since my last blog post.”
For six years I have fallen in and out of love with this blog. It’s been my connection to the outside world, my diary, my memory aid, a labour of love and at times, a chore to maintain. This year of silence has not been the result of neglect but more a writer’s block. So much has changed, I just didn’t know where to begin writing.
So what’s changed?
Let me fill you in by summing up our year in one sentence…
We got pregnant in Greece, found out in Italy, rode 3000 miles back to the UK, found somewhere to live and most importantly, became the proudest parents of a beautiful baby girl in June. That’s right, WE HAD A BABY!
Does that mean no more adventures?
Adventures come in all shapes, sizes and disguises. In 2016 I explored 20 different countries, had a plentiful savings account and life was an ocean of possibility. These days, I get more stamps on my library card than my passport. I haven’t left the UK in a whole year and the afforementioned plentiful savings account stands significantly depleted BUT… (there’s always a but) the world is still a ocean of possibility. Some doors have closed, others have opened and we have some serious plans in the pipeline. Let’s just say that our 5 month old daughter has already had a little ‘go’ on mummy’s motorbike. Something I am very interested in is how other families have travelled with their young children. Lived abroad before they reach school age?
And the blog?
One thing this blog will always offer is snapshots of different places and faces around the world. Some posts are fleeting first impressions while other chapters will be naturally more in-depth and slower paced. It’s always bothered me that I haven’t written a single post about my home country so watch this space…
Any of you have little ones of your own? Any tips for adventuring as a family? Lived as an ex-pat in the ‘third world’ with toddlers? We’d love to hear about your thoughts in the comments below.