For anyone who has been reading this blog for a while, you may have seen some regular posts called ‘In the past seven days’, which summarised some of the recent happenings in my life. To coincide with the launch of A London Life, from now on, I’ll be writing these: London Lately.
The London Lately posts will be about just that: the recent places and events I visit/attend in the city, as well as London-related developments that I’m excited about.
Over the weekend, I wrote a post about the fact that I’ve been included as one of the potential bloggers who could become Aer Lingus’ travel correspondent for New York City.
It’s the biggest writing opportunity that’s come my way so far, but I’ll need your help to secure that prize. Since you also stand the chance to win your own flights, plus £1,000 in spending money, just by voting, I reckon it’s a win-win for all involved!
Here’s a reminder of how it works:
1. Vote for Lines of Escape on #ThruTheQ
2. In step one (multiple-choice question), choose to fly me via Dublin Airport (any other option is a non-vote)
3. Fill in your details and tweet
4. Increase your (our!) chances of winning by voting every day
If you still need some persuading, here are the reasons why I think you should send me to write about New York City.
It’s March, money is tight, we were restless, so there was only one thing for it: short-haul.
Chris and I went on two trips this month, and both were relatively close by.
For the first, we went for a weekend away to the Isle of Wight. We did some sightseeing, caught some shows for the Acoustic Isle festival and I spotted my first red squirrel (and subsequently embarrassed myself by overreacting to the cuteness of said squirrel). I’ll be writing a few posts about this special destination soon.
|A sneak peek at my upcoming Isle of Wight content: Finding The Needles.|
The second trip was thoroughly spontaneous; Chris had some annual leave and I make use of any excuse to travel… so, a trip to Belfast it was! We went there mid-week and felt like we had the city to ourselves. There’ll be posts on Belfast on the way too, so expect to see something on *that* infamous crisp sandwich cafe, a road trip to the Giant’s Causeway, the Titanic Exhibition and more.
|Belfast’s Titanic Exhibition – one of the best museums I’ve ever visited.|
Oh, the London food scene and its many temptations.
During the past month, I tried my hand at making sushi at Kuriya Keiko, adopted a moustache for a night at El Patron, had a burger feast at No. 32 The Old Town, experienced the glory that is a chocolate walking tour with Tinggly, sampled affordable-yet-exquisite dining at Putney’s Hide & Seed (post to follow) and had two girly catch-ups – one over a crepe dinner in Brixton, the other a Vietnamese meal in Soho.
|Sweet temptations on the Chocolate Ecstasy Tour.|
|Loving our moustaches at El Patron.|
It was a good month for food, which meant that my running regime has had to step up accordingly!
|George Ezra in action.|
There were so many other good things about this month too, and I simply can’t leave them out. They include:
* Seeing George Ezra live in concert (he is amazing)
* Surprising Chris with a visit to London’s Warner Bros Studios’ Making of Harry Potter
* Hanging out with some of my favourite travel girls at Barrio Central
|You can hang out with this little guy at the London Pignic! Image from here.|
1. London’s first owl cafe: It feels like I mention a themed cafe in every single LL round-up, but there seems to be no shortage of quirky spots in this city.
2. Traverse 15: It’s almost time for my favourite event on the travel blogging calendar. Traverse is a conference catering to bloggers, with workshops and talks on topics like SEO, video, photography, content strategy and working with brands. I go to as many Traverse events as I can, as I always leave feeling that I’ve gained some new skills and knowledge.