I guess I'm back from my 9-month blogging hiatus (I didn't realize it had been that long...). A lot has happened since last June, so BRACE YOURSELVES, it's a long one:
It my last entry I talked about being unemployed and a bit sort of lost and unsure about what kind of jobs to even apply for. Well shortly after publishing that, I got hired as a graphic designer at Socialbakers, a tech company that sells AI-powered social media marketing tools. So now I work in an ultra-modern, warehouse-y office in the Karlin district with a mix of expats (from all over) and locals. Due to it being a tech company having to constantly react to the changes in social media platforms, it keeps you on your toes, but it's cool being part of a startup making serious moves.
Where I've Been Going
I meant to blog about my travels last year, but life got in the way – and I spend 40 hours a week staring at a computer, so it's hard to want to do more computer-ing in my free time. But to sum it up:
- George and I went to Naples last July to visit my dad (who lives there currently) and ate ALL THE PASTA. We hiked Vesuvius and took an overnight trip to the island Ischia and spent the day hanging at a beach resort with a bunch of thermal baths – 10/10 would recommend.
- In August, we went to a music festival called Colours of Ostrava, which is held in Ostrava, a city near the eastern border of the Czech Republic. The venue was awesome, the crowd was great, the lineup was solid (Alt-J, LP, Faada Freddy, St. Paul and the Broken Bones), but camping there for 4 nights was a nightmare. Never felt so gross and sleep-deprived in my life – think sleeping in a tent during the peak of summer heat and humidity + sun rising at 5am + line being too long to shower + port-o-potties that were never cleaned + being hungover. BUT, a few of George's friends based in London were there with us to share the experience, so it was all worth it in the end.
- I took a brief trip back to the States (the middle of rural Indiana, specifically) for my cousin's wedding, which was a banger, as expected.
- My dad came to Prague for Thanksgiving, which was a lot of fun. He got an Airbnb with a big kitchen so we could make a proper Thanksgiving dinner. I was stoked to have George be part of an American holiday with some of my fam.
- The big trip last year was Florence for Christmas. George and I met up with my dad, brother, and sister at an Airbnb in the city center. Man, Florence really is beautiful... 10/10 lives up to the hype. We saw the David, ate pasta, took a cooking class in the Tuscan countryside, drank tons of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (a new favorite), played lots of cards, made homemade lasagne bolognese, and enjoyed some much-needed family bonding. I posted a public FB album of pictures.
This Year's Travel Plans
This year is set to big the biggest travel year of my life thus far. It's really nice to be based in a central part of Europe, where the rest of the continent is easily accessible by affordable transportation. So we figure while we're here, might as well see as much of this part of the world as we can. First stop:
In 2 weeks, we're headed to Nice for Easter weekend. For having been in Europe as long as we have, neither of us have been to France, so it was about time to plan a thing. A few friends from London are meeting us there and the plan as of now is just to walk around, drink French wine, and eat croissants, obviously.
I got this trip for George for Xmas. We figure while we're near Eastern Europe, might as well take advantage and go somewhere off the main tourist track. Apparently the English level here is pretty much zero, so that'll be an experience. Really fascinated by the history of this country, so stoked so see it and learn a bit more. I'll report back...
The Greek Cyclades
!!! ... So I drunkenly mentioned at some point last year that we should sail Greece (probs after seeing a pic on Instagram or something) and George told me it's a pretty common thing that Kiwis and Aussies do during a gap year (WHAT?) and that he'd ask his friends if they'd be down... and they WERE (along with my friend Rhea from the States), so now we're legit sailing the Cyclades with a group of 12 this summer!
Going to visit my dad again in July. Gotta take advantage while he's living there!
So, we had tickets to Colours of Ostrava again this year before they released the lineup, which is a bit of a disappointment (Jesse J is the headliner... what year is it?). Then I saw that Kendrick Lamar was headlining Sziget Festival in Budapest around the same time, so we sold our Ostrava tix, cut our losses, and found ourselves planning a trip to Budapest in August. This will be the second time for both of us, but Budapest is the best and I will happily find any excuse to go back.
I think it's a bit of a crime that I've been in Europe so long and never been to London. I always knew I'd get there eventually, but finally found the most perfect excuse ever: We got Hamilton tickets! DREAMS DO COME TRUE! You simply can't get tickets to the Broadway show and I thought that I would have to accept that ever seeing this show was a pipe dream. But then, lo and behold, it opens in London while we're a short plane ride away, with reasonable ticket prices that normal people can afford. And yes, if you're wondering, you can still get them!
We haven't worked out the details of this one yet, but it's happening, and probably around October, and ideally wherever I can find ^this cute af little pink restaurant.
So, that's it for now, I'm going to be better at blogging about this stuff (at least that's what I'm telling myself).