EPIC Solo Adventure: July Update
Within days I’ll be back in Canada at home and starting back to work after 3 months, my epic solo adventure behind me. To be honest, it’s difficult to wrap my head around it and I have conflicting thoughts on returning home, so much so I wrote a whole post on it. But I’m happy and excited to see what the next chapter of life holds, for me personally, for my blogs and my writing.
Oh my, the writing! I have such incredible stories to write about from my journey, from the magical places I’ve seen to the people I’ve met, it will certainly be keeping me busy for a long while. I must admit I think subconsciously I’ve saved most of my writing for when I return so I can relive it all again and relish again and again in the amazing memories I’ve made.
For the month of July I’ve been solely in the UK exploring more of this great island’s treasures. For the most part every time I’ve been here before I only visit London and then jet off to continental Europe but this time I wanted to visit other iconic cities and I have to say the UK is diverse from its cities to its people and its amazing landscapes. Now London almost feels like an entirely different country in and of itself.
As for the good, the bad and the ugly… This months good far outways the trivial bad. But I must say after using National Express coaches to get around extensively I like their accessibility and mostly on time service but dislike the consistent lack of anything remotely close to good customer service skills from their drivers.
Where to begin?! This month I’ve been able to do and see things that have been on my so called “bucket list” for a long time. Finally I was able to stand in Rossyln Chapel and gaze at its strange and magical design. Surrounded by stories told through pictures, unusual faces and 100 green men lurking everywhere, I could have spent all day in there continually discovering more! While in Scotland I also, with a lingering days old headache, hiked up to Arthur’s Seat! The views were so worth it, with clear blue skies reaching across to the Kingdom of Fife.
As someone who’s always been a big fan of the legend of King Arthur and tales of the Knights Templar I felt like my time in the UK has been my own hunt for the grail – but my grail is exploring these historic sites that have inspired their stories. I was thrilled to visit Bristol’s Temple Church, once home to the Templars and Glastonbury’s Abbey, thought to be the resting place of King Arthur and Gwynevere. At times I felt like I was walking back in time and wandering through the stories that inspired me to visit these awesome places.
And for the first time I visited Kew Gardens and fell in love! What a wonderful place to enjoy a beautiful day away from the hustle of London. From historic buildings to stunning gardens it’s like an oasis in the city and now my favourite green space in London!
News from the Blog Front
This month on the blog front I had a few more firsts; my first giveaway with MTX: Connect as well as co-hosting my first Twitter chat with One Travel on what else but solo travel! I also had the opportunity to work with some fantastic tourism boards, Visit Scotland and Visit York!
I’m not sure I had a clear vision of what to expect from this epic solo adventure of mine but I have done exactly what I hoped and wanted to do; travel solo for 3 months, work with tourism boards, grow my blog as well as myself and making magical memories that will last a lifetime. I’ve proved to myself I can do it, really that I can do anything I put my mind and heart to!
Life is too short, get out there and live your dreams, whatever they may be! If I can, anyone can!
Bristol Zoo, Sea Life Aquarium in London, London Zoo
UNESCO sites: 3
Old & New Towns of Edinburgh, City of Bath, Kew Gardens
Cities I’ve explored:
Scotland: Edinburgh, Melrose
England: York, Bristol, Bath, Glastonbury, London
What am I thankful for this month?
I’m thankful for those of you who read my blog! I want to send a big ole virtual hug of thanks to all of you who have followed my epic solo adventure, commented, liked and shared your excitement for me and the places I’ve been here through my blog as well as across social media. Your love and support is beyond appreciate! Thank you!
And for you I have a simple gift…if you’d like to receive a postcard from one of the amazing places I’ve been let me know in the comments below!