Holiday Hike in Surrey

Our hiking schedule took some hits this fall. First, we had to cancel our October hike in the New Forest due to the crazy hurricane winds that hit the UK that weekend and Andrew was sick. Then, I sprained my knee and its recovery has not gone as quickly as…

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Christmastime in the Cotswolds

We decided to stay in London for Christmas, so Andrew’s parents booked a trip to visit us just before the holiday. Since it was their second trip to London, we decided to head somewhere new for the weekend! Andrew and I had been hearing about the Cotswolds pretty much since…

A Night in Worth Matravers, Swanage

The charming little town of Worth Matravers was our destination after our hike along the South West Coast Path. We arrived as the townspeople were gathering at the little stone church near the centre of the village. Lucky for us, our giant backpacks made us stick out like sore thumbs and…

Hiking the South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path is the longest hiking trail in the UK. With September weather turning out to be quite pleasant, it seemed like an excellent option for our second hiking trip. Andrew, our hike planning master, decided we would start in Swanage and take the trail to Worth…

London Day Trip: Hiking the Seven Sisters

It is a rare occurrence that I will willingly wake up before 6AM. Very rare. But on a Sunday in September, I did just that (with the help of Andrew of course) to set out on a bus-train-bus journey for a London day trip hiking the Seven Sisters. The Seven…

Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwick Castle and Oxford Day Tour

Over the summer, a Groupon deal for a day coach tour of Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, the Cotswolds and Oxford was posted to one of the expat Facebook groups. The tour was half-off and a great way to see some places we hadn’t seen yet without a car and with guided narration.…

Conwy Castle, Wales

To make the most of our weekend in Wales, we decided to swing by Conwy Castle on the way home. It was a short drive from Betws-y-Coed, just outside Snowdonia National Park, and wouldn’t add too much time to our road trip home to London. We love castles, so we…