Another Year of Adventures

It has been a while since I’ve written a blog post. I’m not sure why?! My last blog was about my trip to Naples in Italy last October (4 months ago!!!!!!!!) and I had so much to say and so many blog posts still to write about that trip, but the past few months have been a bit of a whirlwind and I haven’t picked up my pen and paper (a.k.a. my laptop) in quite a while!

Last November, not long after returning from Italy, I started a new job in a different department which has been going really well. Change is always good for keeping me on my toes. I love a new challenge to sink my teeth in to. December came around and I had 3 Christmas parties to attend, which kept me very busy on top of Christmas shopping and preparations for the big day. Then it was Christmas before I knew it (an Italian Christmas – yet another blog post to write!) followed by New Year celebrations, which is definitely a story in itself too! I don’t even know what happened to January. I blinked and it was over. And now we are fast approaching the end of February already. I feel like 2018 is on fast-forward…
The first gig of the year

Anyway, last night, I went to a concert – The Script – which is the kind of thing I used to write about and it made me wonder why I haven’t been blogging lately. I’m not sure of the answer to that, but I’m going to try to get back into the swing of it and use my blog as my little virtual diary once again.

The Script are one of my favourite bands. I’ve

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seen them in concert several times before and they are incredible live. Full of energy and sounding better than on a CD, they always create such a positive and uplifting atmosphere. I had been looking forward to this gig for months, listening to the newest album – Freedom Child – on my commute to work as much as I could. Some of the new songs are very catchy and have been stuck in my head for days.

Me and Matt planned to gorge ourselves on Thai food before the concert and booked a table at the Thai House. I’ve been craving Thai food – especially beef massaman curry – for a while, which made it taste even better than ever! I definitely ate too much, but it was worth it.

Feeling stuffed, but satisfied, we made our way to the Motorpoint Arena and by the time we arrived, the worst of the queue had moved inside and we got into the venue pretty much straight away. After a short wait, the support act – Ella Eyre – came on. I don’t really know her music, but it didn’t matter. I was just

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excited to be there to see The Script. And they didn’t disappoint!

Just as good as ever, The Script performed all my favourite songs, new and old. I’m glad I had listened to the new album a lot as it meant I knew them all. I didn’t have a great view because I ended up with someone very tall stood in front of me (typical!), but it didn’t matter. Danny and the band sounded amazing throughout. The crowd was singing along and The Script got us all involved, chatting to us between sets. They even paused to check that someone in the crowd was ok when they needed medical attention. It was great to see that The Script were genuinely enjoying putting on their performance just as much as the crowd enjoyed watching them!

I had a great time, despite a drunk girl spilling a whole bottle of some bright blue alcopop all over me… in my hair and everything! But I still love live music and the atmosphere it creates for me. Now I’m excited for my next gig, Imagine Dragons, who I’ll be seeing in Dublin in less than a week’s time.
My new year’s resolution

I’ve made it my New Year’s Resolution to do something exciting or go somewhere new every month in 2018, even if it’s just a day trip somewhere local. I kicked off in January with a trip to London, where I explored some areas of the city that I haven’t been to much before. We went to Shoreditch and did a street art trail, drank cocktails in the Sky Garden and wandered around Greenwich. I still love London and miss it quite often, so going back is a treat for me!

Then for February, I booked 2 gigs and a trip to Dublin, which is somewhere that I have wanted to visit for a long time. Booking a concert there was just an excuse for a trip to Dublin really, although seeing Imagine Dragons is certainly an added extra!

March will probably be another trip to London as I haven’t made any other plans just yet (something might come along at the last minute too – I love spontaneous adventures) and in April, I’m thinking of doing a city break to Edinburgh – another place I’ve wanted to explore for years! My May plans are sorted with a family holiday to Italy – Cinque Terre and Parma – to celebrate my parent’s 30th wedding anniversary. And I’ve booked two more gigs in June – Stereophonics and Ed Sheeran! So I’ve got a lot to look forward to so far in 2018 and my plans are taking shape nicely.

But what I’d really like to do this year is a bit more of an adventure. I want to visit a new part of the world – South East Asia. Somewhere like Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia or Sri Lanka. The list could go on. I’ve got an ever-growing list of places all over the world that I dream of visiting one day! However, this year, South-East Asia is on my radar. I want to experience a totally different culture in a brand new continent that I’ve never set foot on before. But it will all depend on funds as I’m also considering some city breaks with friends and I’m still saving up for a house (one day…!)

I wish I could do it all, but either way, I plan to see and do as much as I can in 2018.

Let’s make it a year to remember!

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