Those of you who follow my blog will know how much I love York. It was devastating when the floods happened this winter, but York is still open for business. If you were planning a short break, don’t let the recent floods put you off. In fact, now is the best time to go in order to show your support. The community is still thriving, but a little extra help never hurt anybody.

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I’ve spent New Year in a few different places – at parties, working behind a bar (not fun!), tucked up in bed, and in Edinburgh, but I think one of my best new year’s to date was ending 2015 and starting 2016 in London. I went with a group of friends, which of course was partly what made the whole experience, but I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has considered it as an option.

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Happy New Year! We’ve now reached 2016 and many people will be turning their thoughts to New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve actually already written a blog on New Year’s Resolutions as part of my current job, and it got me thinking about what I want to get of 2016, and where I’d like to see myself in a year’s time. Some of these things aren’t things I have full control over, but are things I want to see happen. I won’t be a failure if I don’t get there, but they are things I’d like to achieve. Rather than resolutions, perhaps these are goals. Either way, here they are. What do you want to get out of this year?

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Another year is almost over and it’s time to look ahead to 2016. New resolutions will no doubt be made and broken, but hopefully it will be another exciting year. 2015 has been a bit of a whirlwind (where has the time gone?!) but I’ve done quite a lot. Very pleased I’ve managed to do more travelling – something I’m hoping to keep up in 2016. I started a blog, and have kept it up (although admittedly there was a period of silence!) – hopefully I will keep it going this next year, or if not, start something new. I graduated and have my first ‘grown-up’ job. I still sometimes wonder when I stopped being a student, and what I’m doing in this strange and unfamiliar adult world, but it’s getting easier. This time last year I read a friend’s post about what she learned over the past year. It…

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Ever since I was lucky enough to go to the Dusseldorf Christmas Markets nine years ago, I’ve found Christmas markets magical. Last year I went to Brussels, and this year I went to Prague. Prague has been on my bucket list for a while, so when an old housemate moved there to teach English, it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss. And I’m pleased to say it was every bit as magical as I had hoped.

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