Best of Brussels.

Chocolate, beer, waffles, french fries and mussels. What more could one ask for in a city? In my eyes, Brussels was absolutely perfect. Three years ago, my best friend, Lara, and I stopped over in the Belgian city to visit friends on our way from Dublin to Amsterdam. What I didn’t realize at the time was how quickly I’d fall in love with the city.

Brussels was never on my list of places to visit. I thought maybe one day I’d get there, but it wasn’t a priority. So, when Lara mentioned she had friends living there, it became the perfect stopping point before moving on to Amsterdam. I had no expectations, which is maybe what made everything about the trip so memorable.

While we may have only spent about twenty-four hours in the city, on very little sleep, we tried to experience it to the fullest extent, and we made sure to experience what I like to call the best of Brussels.

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New Year’s Eve.

With the end of 2011 quickly approaching, it’s officially hit me that this year I will be ringing in the New Year…at home. And, although, I’m at peace with my choice to stay local, I will miss being abroad for a holiday that is honestly more fun when spent far away from home.

Fireworks over Edinburgh, Scotland to welcome in 2011.

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What Does 2011 Have in Store?

“Let’s spend every New Year’s Eve in a different country!” was the vow my best friend and I made to each other last year at the strike of midnight. We were drowning away the sorrows of the past year with champagne in the center of Amsterdam, and welcoming in 2010 with open arms.

2009 was anything but perfect in my eyes. Full of heartbreak and confusion: exactly what one should expect in their mid-twenties. After moving in and moving out with my ex-boyfriend, moving home to my parents after a depressing break-up, meeting someone new on a cruise to Bermuda only to discover he had a girlfriend that he neglected to tell me about, panic attacks, and the normal drama of everyday life in between, I had had enough. 2010 had to start in a way that was unlike any other.

Leidseplein Fireworks

So, my best friend, Lara, and I decided to spend our Christmas vacation in Europe: visiting my family in Dublin, her friends in Brussels, and ending in Amsterdam for New Year’s because, why not? So, after an exhausting mini-Euro-trip, we ended up in the crowded Leidseplein square on New Year’s Eve surrounded by champagne and fireworks. It was the best New Year’s I’ve ever had, and aside from running away from the fireworks that anybody is allowed to shoot off, it was perfect. Which is why, that night we decided to go abroad for every New Year’s Eve from then on.

After that night in Amsterdam, things in my life started to look up. To start it all of, we even got bumped up to Business Class on the way home. 2010 was filled up with wonderful adventures and experiences. It was quite possibly the best year of my life.

This year we are headed to Edinburgh, Scotland. I cannot be more excited to ring in 2011 in this beautiful city.

Off to Ireland, Again!

When it comes to travel, I am often last minute in booking my trips. In all walks of my life, I am far from a planner. But with traveling I’m even more last minute. I find it more exciting to only a have few weeks, or days, to look forward to a trip. I booked New Zealand and Fiji at the end of May for a trip on August 6th, and two years ago I booked a cruise for Bermuda ten days before departure. These were among some of the most incredible trips, and I didn’t have to wait long before going on them.
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