September has been completely awesome, mostly because I spent most of it on holiday! I couldn’t go away over summer because I was writing my thesis. I guess I could have, but it would have been pretty unrelaxing – not the point of going away. With James and my brother going back to uni at the end of September, that left me 3 weeks to squeeze in some adventures. I travelled to Berlin on the train with James and met up with two good friends there.
I feel like I’ve told everyone that will listen that I went to Germany on the train, but it was seriously so exciting. Despite arriving home a day later than we were supposed to because of some train delays in Germany, it was much more relaxing than flying and fun watching France and Brussels speed past our window on the way. And better for the planet than taking a plane! Although I took the plane to Greece with my family, I’m aiming to use the train to travel as much as possible. Air travel is such a difficult problem. It’s often much more expensive and time consuming to travel without flying, such that taking a plane is sometimes the only option. It is so carbon intensive though, that to be environmentally friendly in other areas of your life but travel by air is kind of pointless. One of my friends is interested particularly in the topic of air travel and wrote his dissertation on it. He points out that for everything else (cars, electricity, gas etc.) there is some sort of environmentally friendly alternative that could be mainstreamed with sufficient investment, but there’s no such thing as eco jet fuel, and that’s what makes the issue particularly tricky. The best option to reduce carbon emissions from travel is to get the train. Turkey and Italy are next on mine and James’ travel list, and we’re hoping to travel by rail again.
After a stop off at home in Leicestershire and having a seriously busy week at work, I spent a week in Greece with my family, my Grandpa and his fiance. We returned to Lindos, in Rhodes, where I spent many a happy holiday as a child. I’ll save the details for a future blog post, but it is such a beautiful place. Greece is so familiar to me now that it feels like a second home and it was lovely to revisit our favourite places – they all seemed a lot smaller fifteen years later.
James surprised me with a visit to Edinburgh this weekend and we’re having the most beautiful sunny autumnal weather. I spent yesterday stocking up on Halloween and Christmas products in Lush, sorting through photos, eating at our favourite Indian restaurant and binge watching X-Files. What a perfect day! I’m hoping for many more like this to come – October is my favourite month. If you’ve been following for a while or you know me in real life, you’ll know that I LOVE Autumn and Halloween! I’m getting giddy just thinking about it! I hope that your September was beautiful and you have a super spooky October