2017 has been quite a year, sometimes difficult, and often rewarding. Highlights included seeing a lot of new places and moving to a new country! So what better way to cap off the year than sharing some of our amazing experiences? Without further ado, here are some of our favorite moments from the last year, of course with pictures. We hope you enjoy our travel recap!
Best New Food – Sweet
Churros were the very first thing we ate in Barcelona, and they did not disappoint! Katarina used to eat these with her Abuelo when she visited him Spain, and she was thrilled to get to introduce Colin and his family to them! With some decadent dipping chocolate, it was quite the way to start the day before heading into La Sagrada Familia.
Best New Food – Savory
We first discovered langos at the Christmas markets in Berlin. With deep fried dough, typically covered in sour cream, cheese, and various other toppings, it’s a bit like a doughnut meets a pizza. So amazing. We were so happy to try the original in Budapest, which topped anything we’d had before (and could be topped with just about anything)!
Honorable mention: the seafood paella in Barcelona was out of this world, and Colin’s parents enjoyed having it for the first time!
Best Drink – Warm
When we were trekking across Ireland through the wind and rain, we would pop into a pub and warm up with a hot whiskey. Unfortunately, we were too busy enjoying and getting warm to take a picture. Just imagine a short glass mug with a handle, filled with hot water and Irish whiskey, a little bit of sugar, and a clove-studded lemon wedge. So soothing and perfect after a long windy and rainy horseback ride through the Irish countryside.
Best Drink – Cold or Room Temp
We loved the refreshing sangria in Barcelona to cool off after the hot and sunny weather. It went particularly well with our tapas.
Most Beautiful City
We visited so many beautiful cities this year, but Salzburg stood out. Flanked by the Alps, the lush green spaces and intricate architecture make for a stunning view. We loved reenacting the Sound of Music too, of course! More on that later…
Honorable mention: Budapest. This city really surprised us. Reminiscent of Prague from last year, it’s split by a river with a castle on a hill. It has it’s own vibrant personality, and is such a fun city to visit. We weren’t sure what to expect, but it ended up being a cheap and amazing trip.
During out Game of Thrones tour through Northern Ireland, we took a great hike through Tollymore forest. The foliage was wonderfully green, and a bit eerie with the mist. It was very cool to see where some of the scenes were filmed while enjoying the Irish countryside. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any direwolf pups. Maybe next time.
One of the highlights of our trip to Salzburg was a sing-along Sound of Music bike tour. Since Katarina is a huge fan of the movie, this was at the top of her list. Although the other folks on the tour might not have been as eager to sing, the two of us made up for that with extra volume and enthusiasm. Even the animals joined in. At one point we had a cow running alongside us!
Most Anticipated Trip
This is an easy one. We planned our half marathon in Disneyland Paris a whole year in advance. Throughout our training, Ireland gave us something extra to look forward to.
Most Amazing Sight
There are a lot of sights to choose from again this year, but nothing can truly compare to a city lost for 1500 years, preserved under a thick layer of volcanic ash. Pompeii is surreal, because you get such a strong sense of what it used to be walking through ruins. We could spend hours exploring the vast city!
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence takes the cake this year. This museum is just packed with masterpieces.
This is a new category this year. Sometimes you just need to get away and relax. Our most relaxing activity on a trip was the baths in Budapest. These famous outdoor heated baths are wonderful, even in the middle of the winter! There is also a series of indoor baths you can follow with a variety of temperatures, aromatherapy, and more. It is a great way to unwind.
Thanks for following along with us on another year of adventures. Excitingly, we really have no clue what 2018 has in store for us for travel, but we’re thrilled by the possibilities! We’re hoping to explore more of Eastern Europe and of England and Wales. As ever, we love hearing from you, and we would adore any travel suggestions for the new year!
Stay tuned for a post in January about how we did on our 2017 resolutions and what we’re trying to accomplish in 2018!
Katarina and Colin