It feels amazing to be back to my regular scheduled content! It’s been ages since I posted an interiors post. To be fair, I’ve had an excuse: we’ve been living out of boxes and suitcases since the end of May and it isn’t exactly the most inspiring environment design-wise.
September is just around the corner, and our nomad lifestyle is about to change. We are finally moving into our new apartment in Ottawa! We signed the lease a couple weeks ago and ever since then I’ve been itching to move so I can truly unpack for the first time in three months.
I’m going to be honest with you — spending 7 weeks away from home is harder than I thought. I just miss being home. I miss having a routine and crawling into my own bed at night. I miss my magic bullet and morning smoothie and my nighttime routine of watching Suits and having a bath and going to bed at 10:00 p.m.
It’s been a month since we left Toronto, and it’s weird how moving from city to city has become our new “routine”. We’ve already been to Greece, Italy, Germany, and France, and now we have a couple weeks to explore the U.K.! Here are some of the highlights from the last two weeks.
The narrow residential streets of Athens are lined with apartment buildings; the balconies covered in hanging laundry and overflowing urban gardens. During the day, the city seems to buzz with the noise of endless motorcycles and cars, only to be replaced by stray dogs barking into the night. Walking through the streets is a bit of a maze — especially since all the buildings look the same. And unless you want to be on the receiving end of a hard stare from a proud local, asking for an English menu outside of the touristy areas is out of the question.
When I was a kid, summertime was an endless weekend; the days of the week long forgotten in a flurry of camping trips, soccer games and swimming lessons. I used to look back on those days with fond memories wondering how I could have ever forgotten which day of the week it was! I figured such bliss would never again be replicated. I have never been more happy to be wrong in my entire life.
We’ve been in Europe for two weeks now and the days are flying by! I’m vlogging almost every day to make sure we capture as much of it as possible. The amazing thing about vlogging is that in the weeks, months or even years after this trip I’ll still be able to go back and watch our adventures unfold.
We had a couple of great days in Athens, but now it’s time to board a plane and move onto our next destination: Santorini! As cliche as it might sound, I’ve been wanting to go to Santorini ever since I saw “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” because Lena was always my favourite character! To maintain that excitement as we go through security, here are a few things I like to do to keep the stress levels low before we take flight!
We’re in Greece! It took over 20 hours to get here, but it feels totally worth it. It’s a little overwhelming considering I know about two words in Greek. But saying “Souvlaki” and “Moussaka” over and over again will only get me lunch and dinner so I think I have some work to do.
I cannot believe how quickly time has gone by. It feels like I just booked my flight and now we’re waiting at our gate! If I’m being honest, I’m actually pretty nervous about the trip. I’m not the kind of person that gets homesick, but I’ve never been on a big trip like this before and I know that there will be times when I’ll wish I was back in Canada.
Whether you’re going away for a weekend or a whole week, packing can be really stressful. For the past few months, I’ve been trying to find the best way to pack for our trip to Europe.