The past two weeks have been a blur between an amazing vacation in Maui, then flying back to Seattle for less than 24 hours before returning to London. I’m getting settled back into my London routine now, and because I don’t have any upcoming trips planned back to the states it feels like I’m really living here now as opposed to just visiting for a long work trip.
No brainer, every single moment in Maui is my favorite. It was the third time I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Maui with my parents and sister and it was so nice to spend quality time with family in paradise. It’s rare that we all enjoy dinner together so many nights in a row, let alone all the other fun experiences we had.
My top five were:
- Snorkeling and beach time at Kapalua and Kāʻanapali beaches.
- Birthday dinner at Roys.
- Walking along the Kapalua Coastal Trail and Golf Course.
- Spa massages with the girls at the Westin Maui.
- Mixing up my new fave cocktail, POGka (Passion Orange Guava juice + vodka) at least once per day.
I would be lying if I said returning to London was a highlight. Although I’m happy here and having so many wonderful experiences, the adjustment of coming back to the UK after spending three weeks back in my comfort zone is rough. My attitude was pretty bad last week when I got back to London due to being tired from jet lag and in denial about having to work. This week is already looking up after a good night’s rest and a little attitude adjustment.
Thursday evening I’m off to Berlin with two coworkers for a long weekend. I can’t wait to see the remnants of the Berlin Wall and explore the city’s history, art, culture, and food. I also heard rumors of Christmas Markets so you better believe I’ll be hitting those up. Holidays!
I’m currently reading The Book Thief, and did a little extra credit reading over vacation:
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple
- Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
- Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
After reading Killing Kennedy I’m obsessed with the Kennedy’s and my obsession is only fueled by all of the recent news stories and TV specials surrounding the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. I want to visit the JFK Library in Boston and read a good book on Jackie O next. I could go on but 50% of my 6 blog readers already had to endure me rambling on about this topic in Maui so email me if you have any good book reccs on the topic. Thanks!
My sister turned me onto a new travel show on the Esquire Network called The Getaway. Here’s the premise:
From the mind of Anthony Bourdain comes The Getaway, a new original series exploring the world’s greatest cities through the eyes of a revolving cast of travel-loving celebrities who know them inside and out. Join Joel McHale, Aziz Ansari, Eve, Aisha Tyler and many more as they hit the streets in their favorite places on earth, enjoying the life of a local, doing what they do, eating what they eat, and going where they go. Sometimes, it’s not just where you go, but who you’re with.
We watched the episode with Rashida Jones in London and it was just (insert British adjective) “delightful”. Unfortunately it appears you have to have cable to watch it online but there are some fun video clips on the site here.
Just 3 more work days this week until Berlin!