What a whirlwind start to the year it has been, i have been out of the country just as much as I have been home. My passport has seen plenty of action - Denmark, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris and Chicago. The amount of travelling involved with my job is the element I love the most. So far all of my work related trips this year were planned no more than two days in advance, spontaneous is something my job most certainly is. I am writing this blog post onboard one of our vessels in Amsterdam, a trip I only found out about yesterday upon returning to the UK from Chicago - my point exactly!
My first trip of 2017 took me to Esbjerg, Denmark. It was great to visit Denmark, a country that is very special to me seeing as my Father is Danish. Esbjerg is a quaint seaport town on the southwest coast of Denmark. This has to be the coldest destination I have had the pleasure of visiting this year, experiencing exceptionally strong cold winds and temperatures well within the negative figures. Work during this trip was solely offshore so unfortunately the excuse never arose to indulge in some of the local Danish delicacies or the tasting of Danish Schnapps.
My second trip of the month took me to Rotterdam, a city I had never been before. I have been to Amsterdam many times so it was great to venture out of the capital and explore another fine area of The Netherlands. Fortunately for me work during my time here was onshore based allowing me to test out some of the local cuisine. I stayed in the Old-Port area of Rotterdam right next to the 'Oudehaven' the views from my hotel were amazing, a backdrop of historic ships. I had the most amazing steak at Restaurant MOOII and local tapas as Osteria Vicini - both places I would highly recommend if you are ever in the area.
I spent the final week of January in the windy city of Chicago. This trip was for pleasure rather than work. It has been a while since I visited the United States and it was great to return. This week was a week of pure indulgence - fantastic food, wine and music. The main reason for this trip was a friends wedding, my first American wedding. The whole atmosphere was way more relaxed and jovial in comparison to a traditional English wedding. The wedding was simple and intimate and everyone was there for a good time. Chicago is a really cool city with a great nightlife including some amazing Blues and jazz clubs - Howl at the Moon its definitely worth a visit.
I touched down in the UK yesterday morning and it was straight back to reality. Suitcase unpacked, clothes washed and my case repacked ready to board a plane to Amsterdam the following day. I arrived in Amsterdam a couple of hours ago and it was straight to work, business as usual.
What a hectic but exciting start to 2017 it has been, i'm looking forward to finding out what else is in store for me this year!