Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a great night and that 2016 has started off with a blast. Since it is the first week of 2016 I thought it was time to flashback to 2015 and have a little preview of what 2016 (hopefully) brings. This blog officially launched in October 2015 so of course that was a big highlight for me. I was so excited to get this baby going and together with my best friend (who did all the awesome designing and website building for me) I have been working on it for such a long time. And this year it finally launched!
By now most of you will know that the travelling I love to do is two fold: in the real world by visiting cities, exploring countries and experience and taste the cultures, but also travelling via fiction and fantasy. So what did 2015 bring?
Seeing the world
I have to be honest that 2015 has not been the year where I travelled to every end possible. I was graduating from University and my mind was mostly elsewhere 😉 BUT that said I did get to go some exciting places that I hadn’t been before of which two were high on my bucket list, so I don’t have anything to complain about.
The markethal in Rotterdam was already opened in 2014 but I visited it for the first time in 2015. A must visit for foodies 🙂 I blogged about it in October. Further I managed to take off two places from my bucket list: Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Highlands) and Cologne. Both amazing experiences and I’m so glad I managed to go there. I’ll be writing more about my visit to Cologne soon so stay tuned!
Fiction Meets Reality
I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked to this year. Mostly because of the same reason as before. I read so much my thesis that I didn’t feel like reading a lot afterwards anymore. Now I sound like complaining again, argh! Anyway, two books that I adored reading (and which I read back-to-back after I got back from my holiday in Scotland) were Paper Towns by John Green and The Heir by Kiera Cass. Two different genres and completely different kind of books. The Heir is the fourth book in the Selection series and is lovely and relaxing to read (though that cliffhanger!!!). Paper Towns is typical John Green, a great read, his crazy writing style is there and by the end of the book…still confused how to feel. But it’s a great read.
I also started with cosplay photography this year. I got my own DSLR camera and am so excited to use it more often. Like I said before I’m an admirer of cosplay which makes it only more exciting that one of my best friends cosplays. We are/were both big fans of the TV-show The Vampire Diaries (till the point in this last season where they started messing everything up, but let’s not discuss that now) so it was exciting to do a little tribute to one of our favourite characters: Caroline Forbes. We only did a short shoot (it was blasting hot that day) but it was fun to do! You can find more photos at her Facebook page.
What is in store for 2016?
Of course we never know exactly what the new year might bring, but there are a couple of things in the works that I’m excited about. One of my friends recently moved to London so I hope to visit her throughout the year. I love this city and can’t wait to finally return. Further, hopefully I will be going to Malaga with some friends to relax, enjoy the weather, and eat lots and lots of their delicious tapas!
There are also two conventions coming up where I’ll take my camera to try more cosplay photography. I’m planning to go to Dutch Comic Con in March and Elf Fantasy Fair in April. If you are going as well, let me know!
So that was it for 2015 and I’m looking forward to 2016! Oh yeah, before I forget, for all those fantasy fans out there, keep an eye out for February…something about a February Fantasy month on the blog 😉