There’s always a lot of hype about Oktoberfest, but as the dust settled on a weekend of plenty of beer, dancing on tables, carnival rides and pork knuckles, it had to go down as one of the best weekends of partying I’ve ever had.
I’d only been as far north as Madrid in Spain and in an effort to get the last out of summer, a long weekend in San Sebastian with a crew of 8 beckoned. It’s known for its two spectacular beaches, crazy good seafood and a great night out on the town. For us, it delivered on all three.
Definitely one of the most interesting holidays I’ve ever had. Croatia served up a thunderstorm, a partially severed finger, hospitals then 8 days of glorious sunshine, boats, boozing and Game of Thrones nostalgia.
Five guys from New Zealand decided to venture east from London and visit Ukraine and more specifically the scene of the disaster, Chernobyl. All in all, a fantastic adventure and it’s something very unique and bizarre that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.
May is full of bank holidays in the U.K. so first one up and it was off to Ireland to explore the Emerald Isle. My favourite part of Ireland though was getting out into the country-side, plenty of rolling green hills and ridiculously old castles…and American tourists everywhere!
It’s been almost 2 years since I last stepped foot on home soil and some good friends getting married was a great reason to make the gruelling trip home for a 2 week visit.
While not as easy as heading to Mt Ruapehu for the weekend, flying to the alps for 3 days snowboarding is a pretty good option. Staying in Sauze D’Oulx (Jouveneaux to be precise) in the Italian Alps is a great spot for endless terrain, fantastic off-piste and top-notch pizza, pasta and espresso.
We decided to finish off 2012 with a trip to the French Alps, and a week over Christmas at Tignes (pronounced Teen-e) sounded like an awesome idea. We were lucky enough to get great weather, great snow and an almost limitless resort to explore.
London 2012 was probably a lot more fun if you could attend the events instead of going to work on the train every day with other people who were going to attend the events. Instead, we filled our time with other things. Like country walks. And weekend trips. And deer stalking.
With our party of four reduced to two, we slowed down a little – swapping big city excitement for mooching around the beach. Cape Cod was incredible, but we had to swing by Boston for a history lesson before we flew home.