New Year’s resolution

I need to blog more. This year I’ve been to:

  1. Paris (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท)ย for New Year’s celebrations, followed by a trip to Italy to see Milan (๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น), Bologne (๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น), and Venice (๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น)ย before returning to Paris and from there to home
  2. Zรผrich (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ)
  3. Several towns and cities in the Brittany and Pays de la Loire regions of France, including Nantes (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท) and Angers (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท), as the main caregiver for my mother who was also on that trip
  4. Confuzzled, Birmingham (๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง)
  5. A 1080 km cycle along the Rhine, taking me through (amongst other places) Hoek van Holland (๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ), Rotterdam (๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ), Randwijk (๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ), Duisburg (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช), Kรถln (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช), Kestert (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช), Worms (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช), Hochstadt (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช), Lichtenau (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช), Village-Neuf (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท), and Basel (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ), before making a rapid series of Rhine crossings both ways, taking a few wrong turns, going up the worst possible not-a-mountain Swiss hill I could’ve chosen and being picked up by my friend from Zรผrich to hang out at his place and take a day trip to try (and fail) to reach the source of the Rhine near Andermatt (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ)
  6. California (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ), based mainly in Davis, including a multi-day road trip along the I-80 to Salt Lake City (Utah), returning via Reno (Nevada), camping one night more than expected in an unincorporated village near Redding whose name I can’t remember because the Carr Fireย had literally begun a few hours before it diverted us to a much longer route to the next stop โ€”ย McKinleyvilleย โ€” and a few days after that visitingย Eurekaย as we returned to Davis, having a few day trips to Sacramento, and then seeing the Pacific coast of San Francisco
  7. Berlin (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช), because I’ve moved here to escape from the UK
  8. Cambridge (๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง) (where I used to live) and Portchester (๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง) (near family and old friends, and it has a castle)
  9. The Mediterranean coast of Spain, in particular the Orihuela Costa (๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ), Cartagena (๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ), and El Castell de Guadalest (๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  10. Helsinki (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ), where I was for New Year’s, but I didn’t have anyone around for the celebrations this time, and my flight home the next day was too early in the morning to be worth going out alone.

I need to finish off my original series of blog posts on the topic of travelling around Europe for a month on an Interrail pass just before the Brexit referendum vote before I do these in any detail.