Welcome to my month in review! I thought it would be fun to add in a little monthly review and roundup post, at least for this next year while we’re in Prague, to document our new adventure. So without further ado, here’s the month in review for August 2019!
This month I went to…
- Stockholm, Sweden
Like July, August was pretty slow travel-wise. But that’s because we’re gearing up for a pretty huge September! So while I wish we had fit in another weekend trip, I’m excited about the travels we do have coming up.
The biggest highlight of August for me was definitely my solo trip to Stockholm. This was my first visit to Sweden and I totally fell in love. I had the best time in Stockholm and I hope I can bring Colin back one day as I know he would love it too.
Back in Prague, we headed out to do some local sightseeing at the National Museum. This was really fun because the main buildings of the National Museum are just a 5-10 minute walk from our house. And they’re beautiful! We also went to the beer train restaurant which was fun, but not something I need to do again.
Other highlights of August include a board game pub night with some of our friends and some big news on the job front for Colin (coming soon in a TOA post near you!).
Like July, my biggest complaint of August is the lack of travel. I’m sad we weren’t able to fit in a bit more, like a weekend or even a day trip near Prague. I know we still have a lot of time here but it does feel like it’s slipping away quickly. There’s so much more I want to see and do!
But part of the reason why we didn’t do as much travelling this month is because we were so busy! Seriously, it has felt pretty non-stop on the work front and with errands around the house. A lot of this is in preparation for our September travels, but it has made this month a little cabin-fevery for me.
And lastly, our strata decided to drop a special levy on all owners to pay for some exterior upgrades or something. Not sure of the details, but all I know is our strata payment essentially just doubled. The joys of being an international landlord!
Posts from this month
Here’s what was published on Teaspoon of Adventure this month. If you missed any of my posts, click below to read them (and add your email to the subscribe box on the right or at the end of the page so you don’t miss anymore!).
Whew! It really looks like a lot of posts when I list them out like this 🙂
What I read this month
Below are the books I completed reading in August. If you want to check out my reading and reviews on these books, visit the Story Highlights on my personal Instagram @rianaautumn or @ebookadventures.
- The Silent Patient
- Conversations with Friends
- Naturally Tan
- The Killer Across the Table
- I’ll Be There For You
Reads: I really enjoyed reading The Silent Patient, which I actually picked up on a book club recommendation. I don’t usually read thrillers, but I gave this one a try and it really hooked me! I’m hoping to try out some more thrillers in the future, but ones that are a bit more psych than scary. If you have any recommendations, let me know!
Listens: I’ve gotten back into a podcast I used to listen to called, Not Another True Crime Podcast. It’s true crime meets comedy (which isn’t as inappropriate as it sounds). The two co-hosts rehash the details of a true crime movie and you’ll find yourself giggling to yourself about a serial killer in the park (which, oddly enough, makes YOU look like the serial killer!).
Watches: I have a confession. I’m obsessed with shows that were popular in the 2000s. And I’ve dragged Colin along with me. But even if you’re not a 2000s TV lover like me, you should be watching this season of Survivor Australia. It’s amazing! There are amazing characters, insane challenges and really solid strategy and gameplay. I’m all about it!
Best and worst meals
Best: I had some delicious Swedish meatballs in Stockholm. They were so good! I usually don’t like meatballs but they do something special with them up in Sweden. I had them with gravy, potato mash, pickled cucumbers and ligonberries and it was amazing. As a runner up, Colin and I had sushi in Prague for the first time and I was so scared it would awful like the sushi we had in Munich. But it was actually pretty good!
Worst: A couple times this month, I picked up fruit from our potraviny (local convenience store). And every time, the fruit was bad! It was moldy and gross, but in convenient spots that you can’t see until you get it home and open it. We had to throw out a couple of boxes of berries and a pepper before I learned my lesson.
One thing I love is travel planning! Well, I love travel planning all of the time but it’s especially exciting right now. This month we booked flights to Rome for November and we’re planning to head to Oktoberfest in October. Plus, our big moms trip is coming up next week!
One thing I hate is that it’s still HOT. I thought we were done with the hot weather but apparently, I was wrong. I’m sure I will regret all of this complaining when winter comes.
One thing I’m learning to live with is the fact that we haven’t seen enough locally. This makes me sad for us, because I want us to get to know our city. And it also makes me feel a little fraud-y because we’re going to have visitors soon, and I want to be a good tour guide for them. But I’m learning to accept that we’ll never see absolutely everything and that we’ll have to go on tours with our guests instead of leading them.
Coming up next
I am so excited for September! I’ve been looking forward to September since March 20, which is when our moms booked their flights to visit us in Europe (note that this was a month before we received our visas to live in Prague!). We’re meeting my mom in Copenhagen, Colin’s mom back here in Prague, and then we’re travelling through Austria and Italy together. I’m so excited to see our moms and to explore more of Europe together!
So, that was August! What did you get up to this month?