2017 Postcards from Morgan
I can’t believe the time has come to recap another year yet again. I remember so clearly wrapping up this same post this time last year in Marrakech, Morocco.
You may have noticed that I've been quiet on the blog-front the last few months while Amanda has taken the lead. If you don't know already, Dan and I moved back to San Francisco from Ireland in May. In four quick months, we came back half way and landed in New York City. I started an amazing job at ClassPass and have had less time to explore and travel as I took the time to settle into a new rhythm. They tell you moving out of the country is difficult, but they don't tell you about the challenges of repatriation, especially if it involves a complete lifestyle change. I went from planning trips and traveling most weekends to working a full time job in a new city. While I'm thrilled to have landed back on the east coast, it's been especially difficult for me to balance my "new" life with the amazing one I created through the blog while abroad.
In 2018, I'm hoping to ease back in slowly and share more of the adventures from my time abroad as well as the amazing ones I have planned. While the last two years have been nothing short of spectacular, I can't wait to see what this next one has in store.
In this post, I'm sharing some of my favorite pictures from our travels in 2017. I hope they inspire some of yours for the year ahead. Best wishes for a kickass 2018!
2018 Bucket List
> Go somewhere EPIC to celebrate my 30th birthday
> See the fjords and glaciers in Alaska
> Eat sushi in Japan
> Drink wine in the north of Portugal
> Explore new areas of NYC
2017 Fun Stats
> Visited 3 continents
> Visited 12 countries
> Flew on 39 planes
> Moved from Dublin, Ireland to SF to NYC in 4 months!
> Started working at ClassPass
Another five days later, we flew to southern Spain to meet my parents and warm up a bit.
I was Stateside for most of the month between NJ, NYC, and SF. Amanda and I had a blast shooting together with our friend Candida for the first time.
We visited Brussels and Bruges in Belgium the first weekend of March with my brother-in-law and dear friend. Safe to say that the entire weekend revolved around food: chocolate, waffles, fries, mussels, and of course beer.
At the end of the month, we flew to Amsterdam to catch the tulips at Keukenhof. We were just a little early, but still saw some beautiful flowers.
Perhaps one of my favorite trips of the year, we took a road trip through Reggio Emilia, the food capital of the world, I mean Italy :) Starting in Bologna, we then drove to Modena for authentic balsamic vinegar and onto Parma for ham and cheese of course.
The next weekend, we booked a last minute weekend in London to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Really we just wanted another excuse to eat at Dishoom.
In May, we returned to SF, but didn’t stay long. We were off to Austin, TX the week we got back to the States. Again, this trip seemed to evolve around food :)
We woke up to catch the sun rise over Delicate Arch and stayed up late to capture the Milky Way in a single day at Arches National Park in Moab, UT.
I traveled to Beaver Creek, CO for a bachelorette party with great hiking in the mountains.
We flew up to Seattle to visit our friend Jen!
For our grand finale on the west coast after living in California for 5 years, we went to Yosemite National Park. Dan and I had a blast capturing the park’s expansive beauty.
At the end of the month, we moved to NYC and I started a job at ClassPass! I had to slow down my travels a bit, but looking forward to exploring my new home on the east coast and planning some fun trips in 2018.