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Christmas in Austria

This past Christmas, Chrissa and I visited Austria where her friends Katerina and Stergios live. We spent a night in Salzburg before teaming up with Maria and driving to Kitzbuhel the next day where we hit the slopes for the first time.

It had been more than five years since the last time I snowboarded so I was glad I could still do it without falling on my face. Our next stop was one of the best ski resorts in Austria, St. Anton am Arlberg. It was also Christmas day so after spending the day on the mountain, later that night we had a lovely meal at a local restaurant. The net day we left St. Anton and went to another village on the same mountain, Lech am Arlberg where we hit the slopes one more time.

The next day Katerina, Maria and Stergios had to return to work so we all drove back to Salzburg where Chrissa and I explored the city sights. We walked the cute city streets, all decorated with Christmas lights, had some gluhwein at the Christmas Markets and took the funicular up to the castle to watch the sunset.

Chrissa and I said goodbye to the guys the day after, rented a car and made our way towards Vienna. We had planned to stay the night at Zell am See but on our way there we knew we wanted to stop by Hallstatt, a very picturesque village on a lake. We arrived in Zell am See late that night and the next morning we went up the mountain for one last day of carving the snow. On our way to Vienna we made s stop at Graz, where we visited the Graz Art Museum for an architectural tour. 

Our final stop in Austria was Vienna. The city was truly beautiful, especially with all the Christmas decorations up. It was new years eve so we went to the city hall to watch the fireworks. It was a stunning display, despite the cold weather. The Austria roadtrip was over but we still had four days of holidays ahead of us. We got on a train and made our way to Prague.

August in Snowdonia

The late August bank holiday weekend was the perfect opportunity to visit a place we wanted to see since we moved to the UK, Snowdonia National Park. Chrissa, Shoyeb, Dory and I were in one car and Sarah and Lizzie in the other. Michael took a train up and joined us the next day. We rented out a beautiful stone build cottage in the countryside and first thing in the morning went to Zipworld, the fastest zip wire in the world and the longest in Europe. After we flew over the slate quarry we drove to the nearby Fforest Coaster, also by Zipworld and rode the super fun carts through the woods. While at the cottage we passed our time by cooking, eating, drinking and playing games. On day two we started early in the morning to climb the second highest peak of the UK, Mount Snowdon. It was a truly (and literally) breathtaking experience and we enjoyed every second all the way to the top and back down. We also tried to explore as many nice villages we could find. Some of these were, Llanwrst, Portmeiron and Caernarfon. On our drive back to London we stopped by Swallow falls and Pontcysyllte Aquaduct. Big thanks to Sarah for organise it!

Also a big thank you to Zipwold for having us! Book your adventure here: https://www.zipworld.co.uk Check them out: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zip_world/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zipworlduk/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ZipworldUK Twitter: https://twitter.com/zipworlduk

May in Malta

Chrissa’s colleague Francesca was getting married in Malta so we used the wedding as an excuse to explore a new country. The first day we went on a vintage bus tour around the island and met everyone who would be at the wedding (around our age). The next morning we went for a quick dive before attending the lovely wedding and super fun reception and after party. On day three we drove up north to see Popeye Village, the film set for the 80’s movie and then took a ferry across to Comino Island to swim in the famous Blue Lagoon. On our last day we visited the Rotunda of Mosta, a Roman Catholic parish church in Mosta, Malta, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. Then we took the ferry to Gozo Island and had a swim at Rahmla Bay before visiting Calypsos Cave with its stunning view. Then we made our way to where the world famous Azure Window used to be for another dive.