Home…kind of

It’s hard to believe it, but this is still a running blog at heart, despite it being more like a travel blog for the past few months! So my plan is to do a quick life-update here and then, on Monday, to hopefully start talking more about running and less about me/my family etc. I’ve…

Iceland

Oh Iceland. We loved you SO much. This is a really long blog post, so settle down with a cup of tea. I realise that Iceland is the destination du jour. Everyone’s going, everyone’s loving it. I hate to be some kind of travel clich but frankly, I don’t care. Iceland was and is amazing…

Race Report: Reykjavik Marathon 10k

What? A running post? Anyone would think this was a running blog!! I’ve wanted to come to Iceland for so long, due in part to childhood exposure to the Eurovision Song Contest. Yet it seems that everyone is coming to Iceland this year. It’s all over social media. Some new budget airlines have opened up…

Montreal

When we were booking our summer trip, the original plan was to fly from the USA directly back to the UK. But then the Husband found some bargainous flights which went from NYC to Montreal to Reykjavik to the UK for hardly any extra money. He casually asked if I fancied doing this. I almost…

New York City

We arrived in NYC on Friday afternoon. We rented a studio apartment in the Upper East Side at 1st and 76th. It was almost perfect – a decent size (by NYC standards), had everything we needed and the location was great. The Husband and I have been to New York several times before – we’ve…

New York: Upstate

The final state of this summer’s US road-trip was New York. New York is an enormous state, so much bigger than we had expected, with huge variety in terrain. From the Adirondack mountains in the North-East and the flat lands of the North-West to the hustle and bustle of New York City, there is a…

Vermont

Vermont has to be one of the most beautiful states we’ve been to yet. Known as the Green Mountain State, it wholeheartedly lives up to its nickname. The entire state seems covered by rolling hills and mountains covered with lush, thick forest. The trees are a hundred shades of green, shining against the blue sky….

(24 hours in) New Hampshire

From Maine, our next goal was Stowe, Vermont. It was about a four hour drive and entailed crossing New Hampshire. I have to be honest, I knew nothing about New Hampshire and when I got a map before me, I realised it was BIG, empty, beautiful and mountainous. New Hampshire is home to the White…

Maine

All throughout our trip, when people have asked our plans for the East Coast, they’ve always said ‘Maine, you need to go to Maine’. So we went to Maine. Maine, we fell head-over-heels in love with you. Maine is beautiful. It’s wild and empty and windswept. It’s studded with pretty towns, covered with dark pine…

Massachusetts

Massachusetts was exciting for us because we finally saw the sea again – seven weeks after leaving the Pacific at Oceanside we ran onto the beach in Cape Cod and dipped our toes in the Atlantic. It felt like a really significant moment – we’d driven ‘from sea to shining sea’, we’d seen the beauty…

Connecticut

One of the delights of this summer-long road-trip has been ticking states off our lists! There are many that we have simply driven through – 2 hours in New Mexico, one hour in Mississippi. We realise that we haven’t SEEN those states but there’s still excitement every time we cross a state line and see…

Washington, DC

I was curious about Washington DC. I’d been before a few times – most recently was a trip five years ago when I’d JUST started blogging. I went with two friends and had an absolutely wonderful time. We did museums, galleries, shops, bars and I absolutely loved the city. However part of it was the…