A whole week down…

Cheeky little vodkas

Ending yesterday’s adventure in Königswinter, I cleaned off a few vodkas and Jagers in a cool Irish bar I found whilst once again escaping the wrath of the Christmas market. My first “night out” – if you could call it that – was a nice way to round off this trip and all it has offered, leaving today to tie up some loose ends before the journey back to the UK tomorrow.

A walk by the river

After a much-needed lie-in, I started with a stroll by the river, and passed through the Fishmarket, the first time I’ve seen it in broad daylight. It was the perfect opportunity to reflect on what a hectic yet fulfilling week I’ve had. I came away purely to make the most of losing my job, and yet it’s reinforced my love for travel and reminded me how capable and resilient I can be. Do I have any more idea what I’ll do next? No. But it has been a great way of clearing my head and kicking back, whilst also getting myself into the Christmas spirit.

Let’s go shopping!

Another key task I set for today’s agenda was, naturally, shopping, actually buying my souvenirs I’ve so far only scoped out, and avoiding the temptingly bright lights of the Lego Store for a second time, only to cave in at H&M instead…

Christmas Market #4

Chicken in a wine, onion and mushroom marinade, with – you guessed it – mash!

Oh, and I happened across another new Christmas market, which is always exciting, as well as ate something other than sausage and chips and in an actual sit-down restaurant. Oh, the relief!

If I could sum up my time overseas I would have to say it’s been hectic, wildly varied, bad for my waistline, and so incredibly festive.


Brussels is a thoroughly underrated city with some cool things to see and do over a couple of days (any longer though would probably be overkill).


Bruges is just picture perfect, even in winter, and it has the fries museum, so, you know…


Cologne is your typical big city – in my personal opinion not offering so much to do as a tourist if you’re not really into art and museums, but with fantastic shopping centres and a zoo all the same.


Finally, Königswinter (while cute) is small, so if you want to visit (I recommend you do) make sure it’s on a day when the castle’s open or you might find yourself at a bit of a loose end. Seeing this castle is a definite highlight, as well as that divine belgian waffle I had way back when in Brussels!

And that, my friends, signals the end of another little jolly abroad. I can’t wait to see where I might go next…

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