On traveling, writing, reading and my time without blogging…I’m BACK!

HELLO friends! I am really thrilled to, after three weeks « off », if I may put it that way, to finally type down another blog post. In case you missed it, I took some weeks off for much needed holidays and a break for blogging for a little while.

Well, guess what? IT WAS HARD.

If I am a firm believer that it’s good to step away once in a while in order to avoid blogging burn-out, I am also a hardcore blogger…so I obviously couldn’t stay away, especially in this first week. Despite being away, that damn WordPress App on my phone made me want to check the blog every-single-day. You know, just to see if you had answered to my going-away post, if you would miss me, if you missed me already, if I missed cool blog posts… all kinds of things. Also, I happened to check my stats and would not recommend it. It made me depressed. We all say numbers don’t matter but let’s face it, they kind of do.

If my blog could talk, it would sound A WHOLE LOT like Regina George.

This first week came and went, yet after taking some time to check and answer to some comments, I went away again. Everything started to get better. My obsession tamed down, somewhere alive in the back of my mind while I browsed through bookstores in Dublin and stood on the Giant’s Causeway ; while I rested home before going again, while I took a train and another and yet another one.

And now here I am again. I’m back, guys, now I really am and I couldn’t be happier about it. If I had an amazing time out there, exploring the world, trying not to freak out about blogging and focusing on other important things in life such as walking around, map in hand in a new place….Taking this hiatus, and really any kind of hiatus, always makes me realize just how much I love blogging.
How much it’s become an important part of me, one I can’t quite forget.

Wait a second…Okay, but where have I been ?!

Since I’m betting you are all kinds of curious about what I’ve been up to these past few weeks, I’m going to sum it up for you. Or like, bullet-point my way through it because if I keep on going like this, this blog post will be a thousand miles long.

  • I took a road-trip with the family to Switzerland and the Leman Lake.

  • I went back home for two days and (cue the gasps) kind of answered to comments ? #obsessed
  • I also managed to write 2 K of my current WIP #gome
  • I packed again and jeez, I really hate packing.
  • I took a flight to Dublin…
    …Forced my sister to go to every bookshop and she bought me books #sistergoals
    …Fell in love with Trinity College and should study there asap. Or write a story about it.
    …About Giant’s Causeway and a little rope bridge taking you from one cliff to another.
    …YES. I crossed the bridge and it was TERRIFYING.
    …I basically fell in love with it all.

  • I went back home too early
  • Only to write 2K again for my story – what is UP there, I was inspired ?!
  • AND to pack again.
  • To take a train north-bound
  • Then again leaving the next morning for a train south-bound, heading to Bordeaux.
    … In case you didn’t know, Bordeaux is a city in the south-west of France.
    …It was super-pretty. We also walked 28 km in three and a half days.
    …I ate gorgeous pancakes
    …and I did NOT buy any books. #gome
    …I might have fallen in love again.

  • I took another train back to the north of France.
  • I got lazy then a little bit. I’ll admit it. But it felt good to actually do nothing.
  • Now I’m finally back home. Work starts again tomorrow and it will be SO HARDDDDDDDDDDD. #why

If you’ve read this small rambling and looked at the pictures you might have noticed something awful. Terrible, really. I didn’t mention READING any books ?!! I’ll spill it out. I read ONE full book during the past three weeks. It was The Spellbook of the Lost and Found and it was lovely. Otherwise, I just didn’t read, which both felt weird and so unlike me. Yet it also felt good – I didn’t feel pressured to read too much, to finish a book, to write a review or write down my thoughts about it. I just read and appreciated it. That was it.

I loved reading even more.

I know. All of this rambling is good, but…WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

Before going away, I left you all with a small survey – I was honored to see so many of you answering it, and even happier to see all of the sweet things you had to say about my blog and I. I don’t know what I did to deserve all of you but boy, I am so, so grateful. THANK YOU. For your sweet words, your feedback I will obviously take into account and everything else.

One thing that happened there is that I kind of asked what you’d like to see on this small corner of the internet, because not unlike Monica Geller, I am a people’s pleaser The three main things I’ve learned is that you’d like to:

  • Hear more about my trips
  • Know more about my writing and current WIP
  • Are strangely curious about my life?!

WELL…okay, consider this coming soon!

I am slowly – I already did a little bit – making my way through all of the blog posts I missed. I’m not fooling myself into thinking I can catch up on everything I missed, because I unfortunately don’t have three full days ahead of me to do that, but I WILL DO MY BEST, so bear with me. If you wrote a blog post you are particularily proud of in the past three weeks, feel free to link it in the comments so I’ll give it a read!
Otherwise, I’ll do my best to come back on top of my blog-hopping game, get back into blogging regularly again and everything else.

You can expect :

  • To see me in your comments soon
  • A lot -hopefully
  • To see me again three times on your blog’s feed per week
  • To talk books, blogging (obviously), but also more traveling and writing
  • Overall just, I AM BACK SO BE READY.

How have you all been doing ? What have you been up to these past few weeks ? I’d love to know !

Did you already had to – will – take a blogging break ? How did it go ? Do you think you’d be a bit like me, trying to check your feed once in a while ? BE OBSESSED ABOUT IT ALL ?!

Is there anything you’d like to hear me talk about on the blog soon ? One of my trips in particular, a.k.a Dublin, Bordeaux, Geneva ? What my WIP is about ? Writing tips and tricks from a weird person ? LET ME KNOW in comments !

Did you miss me ? BECAUSE I MISSED YOU ALL SO MUCH.

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93 thoughts on “On traveling, writing, reading and my time without blogging…I’m BACK!

  1. OMGGGGG MARIE MARIE MARIEEEEEE I MISSED YOOOOOU ❤ ❤ ❤ I saw your post pop up in my Reader and inwardly screamed. I also got tears in my eyes (this may be because I woke up 30 min ago) and A;DLFJA;LFJAL;JSDFLK. ❤

    I read this post with little "Aw"s in my head ahahaha. I'M SO GLAD THIS BREAK WAS GOOD FOR YOU, MARIE! I think taking a step back from things you love can really make you less stressed about it AND make you love it even more. It's like when you're writing a novel for years and it's all overwhelming so for a month you just let it sit there and when you come back you're all refreshed and asdj;lfajsld;sd. FEELS GOOD. Aw, I'm so glad to hear you wrote 4K of your novel, that's amazing! Ahhahaha I hate packing as well — but the places I'm packing for are always worth it. THOSE PICTURES YOU TOOK ARE BEAUTIFUL! ❤ I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip, Marie!

    (I actually may take a blogging break pretty soon, soooo. D: It sucks because you just got back! :'((( )

    And GIRL of course we'd love to hear about your WIP and your life and your travels! You blog mainly about books and while we love that, we also want to hear about YOU! ❤ So excited for what posts you have planned, ahah!

    MISSED YOOOOOOOU.

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    1. AWWW MAY, thank you SO MUCH – I have missed you A LOT even if I have been low-key stalking your blog while I was away. As you might have noticed, I can’t help it hahaha.
      It was so good to step away for a while, I feel a bit nervous about coming back and overwhelmed, getting back into it, but I’m also EXCITED 😀
      OH NOOO, why I will miss you SOOO MUCH MAY :(((

      Thank you so, so much, your comment made my day, you are THE BEST AND I MISSED YOU SO MUCH ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. I’m slowly getting back into it, it feels good but a bit overwhelming at the moment, especially with work starting again as well but… I CAN DO THIS 😂
        But seriously, I won’t SURVIVE WITHOUT YOUUUU. ! 💗

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    1. OHH Jackie, did you have a great time on vacation?! 😀
      I’m so glad to be back and to get back to blogging, even if I’ll miss holidays as well ahah. Thank you so much, I missed you! ❤ ❤

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  2. MARIE YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HAPPY I WAS TO SEE THIS POST WITH IT’S TITLE IN MY READER WELCOME BACK I MISSED YOU AND YOUR POSTS AND I’M SO HAPPY YOU’RE BACK. Your trip sounds and looks amazing and I’m so glad you had a good time <333

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      1. Same! But it is work you have done, something you have thought of. I think it is so fascinating to see what people read and compare it to what they write/ writing style/ the tense they use and all that.

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  3. Welcome back Marie! 😀 ❤ It doesn't feel like three weeks have passed, I bet it must have gone even quicker for you enjoying your holidays an your travelling. I suppose you've been popping into WordPress and replying to comments and scheduling posts so it was like you were still here in part even while on holiday.
    You're pictures look amazing, and it sounds like you had an incredible time as well. I really want to go to Switzerland myself (I actually think me and my sister are planning to go there next year) so at the moment I'm living vicariously through your pictures. 🙂
    I'm also very excited about the new posts on your blog, especially hearing more about you WIP! 😀
    Again welcome back. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Beth! It has come and gone way too quickly, I miss holidays already, ahah. I have been popping up a little bit to answer some comments, but I had planned my reviews ahead of time so…I haven’t written a post in three weeks ahah. Hope I wasn’t too rusty for that one.
      Thank you so, SO MUCH! ❤ ❤

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    1. Oh thank you so much! 🙂 Ahah I’m glad – first food picture on the left is yoghourt with muesli and fruits, a croissant and some tea, second picture a bit lower features blueberry pancakes with strawberries 🙂
      Ahah glad I’m not the only one, we can’t resist the books 😉

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  4. Yayyyy!!! So glad you’re back! Your trip sounds amazing! I haven’t taken a trip in 4 years and that was only for 2 days to go to a city only a few hours away… ^^’

    This makes me want to save up for a real vacation! Lovely pictures! I’d love to see even more pics of your trip!

    I very much missed you! And I do have to mention your sister did an awesome job with her guest posts so great job to her! 😀

    Glad you’re feeling refreshed and ready to immerse yourself back into the blogosphere and I’m looking forward to your future posts!

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    1. THANK YOU Bridget, you’re so sweet! ❤ ❤
      Ohhh well that's still a trip, I hope you had a good time – and I hope you'll be able to travel again soon 🙂 ❤
      This makes me SO happy to hear, I'll let her know for sure – she did a fantastic job, I agree 🙂 ❤

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    1. It was a lot of fun – I miss traveling already ahah 🙂 It was refreshing NOT to read, for a change. It makes me want to read even more now 🙂
      I hope you’ll get to go to Giant’s Causeway someday – it’s such a beautiful place ❤
      Thank you so much! ❤ ❤

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  5. OMG your trip looks so dreamy I am Le Jealous!! Switzerland is so beautiful I can’t! Don’t we ALWAYS go home too early?? UGH. Can’t life just be simple where we go where we want and do what we want and it’s not complicated?!?!? IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK!!?
    I’m glad you had fun!! Can’t wait to start seeing your posts again 😀
    I have taken a blogging break before. More like, I started blogging and had no idea what I was doing so I would post like once a month and do nothing. #fail hahahaha
    BUT since I started blogging FOR REAL, I haven’t taken a break, and feel like it would hurt my blog more than help it at this point!

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    1. Haha thank you, Esther! It makes me SO happy to read your comments again!! ❤ ❤ Ugh YES, if only we could just do whatever we want and travel and read all the time, it would be THE DREAM ❤ ❤
      Oh I get the feeling. I thought that taking a break would, well..destroy both my blog and my inspiration – yet I took my first break last year around that time as well because I had to, and it actually felt good. It made me re-focus and made me feel more inspired. Blogging is a lot of fun, but it also comes with tons of pressure sometimes and stepping back helps me once in a while. Also I MISS BLOGGING SO MUCH so it tells me that I am obsessed hahaha. 😛
      Thank you so, so much ❤ ❤ ❤

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  6. OH MARIE WE MISSED YOU TOO (or is this just me??) I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE BACCCKKK!! don’t overwhelm yourself with blog hopping though. I suggest just slowly trickling your way back into the blogosphere with some ice cream! #workseverytime

    You wrote so much for your WIP! #yes KEEP GOING! I’d love love LOVE to hear more about your life and current story, I MEAN WHO WOULDN’t?? THE PICTURES ARE GLORIUS, it looks like you had so much fun! And going to bookshops, OF COUSE HAD TO BE SO MUCH FUN. I really want to read The SPellbook of lost & Found, i read The ACcident Season and loved it.

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    1. THANK YOU ❤ ❤ I 'm so glad to be back and I MISSED YOU so much!! ❤ I will do that for sure. In fact, I'll go find some ice cream RIGHT NOW. 😛
      I don't know, I feel like not blogging and traveling made me inspired to write – I'm really hoping to finish my WIP soon but…I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself either haha.
      I am SO HAPPY you loved The Accident Season! I feel like you'd really enjoy The Spellbook then – it had the same kind of weird, fascinating atmosphere 🙂

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  7. MARIEEEE!! I’m so happy you’re back. I’ve really missed reading your comments and seeing your posts pop up in my feed. ❤ ❤

    I'm glad you had a great holiday. Those pictures are all stunning, btw! I'm jealous because I've always wanted to go to Dublin…ah, well, maybe next year 😀

    And YESSS to more life updates and posts about your WIP!

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    1. LAUREN, thank youu SO MUCH, I’m so happy to be back and to hear from you ❤ ❤
      Ohh I hope you'll go to Dublin next year, it is such a beautiful city, you'll love it 🙂 ❤
      Well…posts about my WIPs are coming and hopefully I'll try to talk more about what's going on with me as well even if…that makes me nervous ahah 🙂 ❤

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  8. Amazing photos! I just discovered your blog, but anyways welcome back! I so look forward to reading your posts. If you can, go on and check out my blog. I’m new at this and I would love to get some help on increasing the number of views I get 🙂

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  9. I’ve love to hear about Dublin, it’s one of my dreams to visit Ireland. Maybe even live there? I’d also really enjoy hearing about your writing, it’s always so encouraging to hear other author’s stories.

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    1. Ireland is such a stunning country, I love it SO much. I hope you’ll get the chance to visit, maybe live there someday! ❤ ❤
      Thank you so, so much, Elizabeth, it makes me so happy you want to hear about my writing, I will talk about it more soon 🙂 ❤

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  10. You tell meeeee about packing! UGH. But your trip sounds SUPER FUN! ❤ You've definitely visited a lot of cities. And gorgeous pancakes are gorgeous pancakes. Please share more deets about Bordeaux!

    I'm doing good. You already know that I recently took a one-week break from the social media, which helped a lot. So there's that. I also shared 3 practical ways to get more reading done on the blog. Maybe that would interest you?

    I'm just glad you're back, Marie. 🙂

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    1. Ohh thank you so much, Miel, you’re the sweetest! ❤❤ Bordeaux was SO pretty, I’ll share more about that trip soon then! 🙂
      I”m so happy to hear your social media break helped. It’s good to step away – social media is so overwhelming sometimes.
      I just read your blog post about reading more – your advice is FANTASTIC! ❤

      Thank you so much! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  11. Yay! I’m so, so happy you’re back and I’m SO happy you enjoyed your vacation and your time away 💕
    Argh! I know how hard it is to take a step back, but I’m so happy you did it and all you vacation photos were beautiful 😍 I’m so happy you “rediscovered” your love for reading and that you didn’t feel pressured to read at all! I can’t wait to read more about your travels, your WIP and your life 😊
    Good luch with catching up on everyone’s posts and your comments, can’t wait for your next post 🌸

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Michelle! I’m really happy to be back, I missed you!! ❤
      It felt good not to read too much for once, and to just read because I wanted to, not because I “had” to, as a book blogger. It’s refreshing to remember why I love reading! 🙂
      Thank you!! ❤

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  12. Wahey welcome back!! I missed you!!! hahaha oh my gosh, I’m the same about believing blogging breaks- but the WP app is always so tempting lol!! And WOW it sounds like you had a phenomenal time!! It’s been years since I’ve been to Ireland or Switzerland and this is feeding my wanderlust!! Yay I’m so excited to read more of your posts! And it always takes me ages to get back in the swing of things- I took 4 days off last week and am still catching up now lol 😉

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    1. Ahhh thank you, I missed you too so much! ❤ ❤ So glad to be feeding your wanderlust, I hope you'll get to travel again soon!
      It is SO hard to catch up, things are moving too quickly and bloggers never stop blogging haha 😛

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  13. WELCOME BACK MARIE! WE MISSED YOU TOO! Haha, I so relate to you when you say you are a firm believer that it’s good to take a break, but the part where you actually take a break from the blog turns out to be so hard! I felt the same way about my break, but I’m happy to be back cause I wouldn’t miss blogging in the world (even if I’m scrambling to try and keep on top of things…) Loved your recap of your trips and can’t wait to read more about your trips in the future!

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much, Lindsey! I’m glad you’re back as well to blogging – it’s hard sometimes, juggling between everything, but we can do it! 🙂 thank you so much! ❤ ❤

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  14. Welcome back Marie!!!!! I missed you in the weeks when you were away 🙂 It was amazing to see your pictures pop up in my Instagram feed. Sounds like you had an amazing time!!!

    That’s awesome that you made progress on your manuscript. And yes!!! I am really looking forward to hearing more about how your writing project goes!!!

    I think I did get a few comments from you during your trip haha! Thank you! I can absolutely imagine that it’ll be hard to stay away from blogging when you’ve been devoted to it for so long (I would likely be the same way!), at the same time you really did deserve a break! Hope it was refreshing for you. It sounds like you are ready to spring back into action 🙂

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Sophie! I did have an amazing time, I miss holidays and traveling already ahah 🙂
      I couldn’t ‘stay away for too long, ahah, it’s hard once you’ve got blogging as a habit, something you do every single day, to stop like that ahah. But having a break was really refreshing, I’m glad to be back now and motivated! 🙂

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  15. I’m so glad you’re back!! I’ve missed reading your blog posts. I’m glad you got to travel! Your pictures are gorgeous, and I am having serious travel envy right now. I would love to go to Ireland and see Trinity college. I fell in love with it the moment I saw that library.
    Awesome post!

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    1. Trinity College was one of the highlights of the trip and not just because of the library – the whole place is absolutely stunning ❤ I hope you'll get to visit someday!
      Thank you so, so much, Lenna! It's so good to be back 🙂

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  16. YAYAYAY, I’M SO GLAD YOU’RE BACK!!! ❤

    It can be such a good thing to take a step back from things for awhile! I find when I take a break from blogging and sometimes reading and the come back to it, I find my love and enthusiasm for it has been reignited. :')

    It sounds like you had an incredible time! I'm dying to go to Ireland, it looks absolutely beautiful. There are so many places I want to visit but my family aren't really into travelling so I haven't been to a lot of places, sadly. XD BUT ONE DAY I SHALL GO SEE ALL THE PLACES YAS.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts pop up on my feed again! 😀 ❤

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    1. AHH I’m so happy to be back, I MISSED YOU KYRA!! ❤ ❤
      It is good to take a break – I'm so happy you find it refreshing just as well. This is how I feel right now, it's good to be back, I feel like I have so much more to say and I love writing comments even more ❤
      Oh no! Well I'm hoping that you'll get to travel or find travel buddies to go to ALL of the fabulous places with! ❤❤
      Thank you so, so much!! xx

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  17. A little late to the party but WELCOME BACK. You have been missed but your travel adventures sounded like so much fun and it’s making me wish 2018 would come sooner so I could hop onto my own adventure haha. I feel like taking a step back from the blogging community is a great way to recharge the batteries and find inspiration for the blog. Ireland is just a boat ride away from me and I’ve still not ventured there yet, something that needs to be rectified in the near future haha.

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    1. THANK YOU Lois! I’m glad to be back, even if…well, to be completely honest, I wish I were on holidays right now 😂 I’m excited for your own adventure already as well!! Are you going to talk more about it soon? I’m curious aha 🙂
      I hope you’ll get the chance to go to Ireland someday, especially if it’s not that far. It is such a gorgeous country ❤
      Thank you so much! ❤

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  18. I’m only a little bit envious of all the places you’ve visited! I’d looove to go to Ireland and I’m in love with France so yeah, only a bit jealous;P It sounds like you had a great time though, and don’t worry, your blog is stil great, even if you did go on a tiny hiatus xx
    Also, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award, a welcome back present perhaps?, but if you don’t do awards and stuff, that’s cool:) I just thought I’d let you know anyways. If you want to do the post, you can read about the rules here: https://ihaveabadsenseofhumor.com/2017/09/08/and-so-we-meet-again/
    Glad to have you back!

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    1. Aww, thank you so much for your sweet words! I hope you’ll get to go to Ireland – and France!- someday, both are such beautiful countries 🙂
      Thank you SO much for the nomination, I’l check out your post right away! So sweet of you ❤ ❤

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  19. I’m so excited for your upcoming travel posts!!! 😆 I actually had to take a blogging break over the entire summer because of travel, and I’m really glad I did — it was really refreshing to be able to be able to appreciate being in another place in the world and be able to relax without frantically using every spare minute I had to update my blog. (Though, um, the downside is that now I have an entire summer’s worth of travel to write about — but it’s fun for me to be able to look back and remember what I experienced. 😋)

    And it’s so true that stepping away from blogging and reading really makes you appreciate those two things more! When I got back from traveling, I was so excited to actually be able to be able to sit down and read, write book reviews, and simply blog again. Traveling really does make me appreciate little things like being able to write blog posts at my own desk again 😊

    Btw I love your travel pictures! 😄 Can’t wait for more posts!

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    1. Aww thank you so much – travel posts will be coming soon! ❤ ❤
      I get the feeling – it is quite great to be able to enjoy fully our traveling time without thinking about blogging and everything. Writing about all of our adventures later on is also a great way to refresh our memories and make us live the adventure a second time, through writing! 🙂
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! ❤ ❤

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