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Part 2 of posts about our 18-day trip to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Click here to read all the posts!

Our second stop was in London, where we spent three and a half days, which really is no time at all in London. I planned this portion of the trip for months in advance. I had a very long list of sites I wanted to see, and that list was ultimately cut in half due to time constraints. And we still didn’t see everything on my itinerary!

But now we have a reason to return, right?

New Year’s Eve inevitably makes us contemplate on the past year and the upcoming one. And I know just about everyone says this every year, but this year was a big one for me, full of many ups and downs.

2017 brought incredibly difficult emotional challenges that I’m still struggling with. 2017 brought new hobbies that helped me explore my creative interests and relieve stresses. 2017 brought the growth of new and old friendships. 2017 brought a huge professional opportunity and a challenge that I’m still shocked I was able to handle. 2017 brought my 10th wedding anniversary.

Here are the big things that shaped my year.

Joseph and I embarked on a whirlwind of a trip to celebrate our 10th anniversary. First up: two days in Iceland!

Of the 5 European cities we were visiting throughout our trip, I was most excited about this stop. And it totally lived up to (even exceeded!) my expectations. It was incredible experience after incredible experience.

We landed at 6am in Iceland, which was midnight at our departure location. We were exhausted, but we had to stay up all day. The sun is only up for around 4 hours in Iceland at this time of the year, and I wasn’t going to let us miss any of that precious daylight! So we headed off to one of the most amazing places we’ve ever been…

Two years ago, I fell into an amazing job I never would have expected to love so much. I work with botanists. They speak in a foreign language (of Latin names but also very technical science speak). Honestly, I don’t fully listen to a lot of conversations. I’ve learned to pick up what I need to.

And what I’ve learned and seen has transformed the way I view the world.