I continued my European tour last month by visiting Italy again. This time I finally had the opportunity to spend more than two days in Torino which was a real treat.

I ate A LOT of nice food during my stay, as you have to do when you’re in Italy or what’s the point in even going!? This huge cannolo was a particular sweet highlight – the picture might not give it justice but it was essentially as big as the palm of my hand :)

We managed to catch a heatwave during our visit which meant that staying in the city was extremely warm. So we took every opportunity we had to go on mini adventures outside of the city and explore hidden gems in the Torino area. This amazing castle in the small town of Rivoli was one of those gems.

The old castle and some of its ruins have been turned into a museum of contemporary art and apart from displaying modern art in the most amazing surroundings, a bonus is that the castle is up on a hill so the views from the grounds are fantastic as well.

I managed to find a room in the castle that matched the new summer dress I had brought along for a very special occasion – Alberto’s dads 60th birthday party.

I feel so incredibly lucky to have a second family, they really are the loveliest and always try to make me feel part of everything they do, even if language sometimes can be a bit of a barrier.

On one of the cooler days we were taking a stroll around the city centre and we bumped into a friend from London. It was a super nice surprise and it really helped to sell in the idea of maybe moving to Italy one day. We even managed to view a potential new pad for when we eventually move down… ;) (I kid, it’s another castle).

No trip would be complete without seeing lots friends and making homemade pizza, two things that we managed to tick off our to-do lists.

All in all, another successful trip – I just need to raise the bar of my Italian lessons so I can finally have a proper chat with both Mamma and Nonni :)

These super speedy European weekend breaks are starting to become something regular it seems. Jumped on a plane to spend some quality time with my two best friends in Amsterdam.

How is it possible to love and miss people so much!? I can’t explain just how much this trip was needed to recharge my batteries, even if I ended up coming back more tired.

The weather was amazing and we ended up renting some bikes to transport us around the city in the glorious sunshine. We visited Westerpark for some drinks at the Troost brewery and then had a little walk around the park before cooling down with an ice-cream.

We decided to have a chilled evening on Cata’s balcony and bought loads of yummy food and drinks to have a BBQ whilst watching the sun set. Best idea ever as their balcony is lovely and it’s making me want to sort out ours (even though it is 1/3 of the size of theirs).

All in all it was the perfect evening – at least until the games came out and I beat everybody in monopoly deal, twice ;) I’d say I was a much better winner than they were losers haha but then again, it miiiiight have been related to the fact that I was extremely lucky. Maybe.

I also made the girls recreate *that photo* and I think we did a much better job this time. Or even if we didn’t, it’s fun to have these pics so we can look back in 10 years time and laugh.

The next day we were joined by Ilaria who these days live in Leiden and we had brunch outside at a place called Dignita. Lovely food but sadly “dutch service” which meant that things took forever and it drove Anna crazy. Funny to watch, but annoying when having to wait 40 min for a coffee.

Then in true Amsterdam style, we managed to meet up with some friends who have a boat, so we went on a little adventure on the canal, exploring the city by water.

A first for me so it was very exciting, albeit a bit scary at times. But it was great and the perfect ending to an amazing weekend that literally flew by.

Until next time Amsterdam – you were a bit like a dream <3

We’ve been without internet for around 3 weeks, which hasn’t been as relaxing in practise as I would have hope for it to be in theory. So what’s been happening whilst I’ve been on this internet hiatus?

I’ve been cooking and eating nice food. The above I actually made before we lost connection but figured I could show it off anyway because it was super nice.

I’ve spent a few fuzzy nights out as well, which these days are rarer than rare as I’m becoming old and lazy.

One of those fuzzy nights took place on this years (most likely) rainiest day when we ventured north-east to celebrate Brownswoods 10th Birthday and danced our little socks off.

Last month also saw me returning to Run Dem Crew which has been nice and sorely missed on a Tuesday night. I’m still too busy at work to be able to run every week, but there’s another race on the horizon so I need to get my act together!

We also enjoyed a taste of British summer during our internet free weeks which resulted in this years first BBQ.

As you can see, I’m the happiest when there’s food around or on the go ;)

We sadly also had the terrorist attacks during these internet free weeks too. As heartbreaking as these kind of incidents are (no matter where they happen!), we stood united and marched on, determined not to let hate and fear win.