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2018 Highlights Via Instagram

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s 2019!? I really can’t I was a look back through my Instagram over the Christmas holidays and realised how much my life has changed in one year. I started my first teaching job, then moved to an amazing school that I absolutely love. I moved back to my hometown, spent lots of time with my family and friends over the summer, and I of course met Rob – he’s the one taking most of my Instagam pics now ha! I thought it would nice, for me really, to have a look at all of the lovely things I’ve done over the year. It’s been a good one!

1. Great Exhibition Of The North.

In 2018 Newcastle was host to The Great Exhibition of The North. From the amazing murals outside the Northern Design Centre to a fantastic Lego exhibition at The Mining Institute, lots of interesting exhibitions to explore at The Baltic, alongside so many others I couldn’t list them all. On a sunny Saturday, we started at The Baltic, walked along to Ouseburn (my first time) for some lunch, and ended at The Great North Museum. I also visited the Lego exhibition and the 50 Icons of the North murals on separate occasions, too. 

2. A Walk Along Marsden Beach.

I’d never been to Marsden Rock until June this year. What a beautiful place it is! We were blessed with an amazing summer, and I felt like I was in Greece as the weather was so good. England had also won a World Cup match so all in all a good day. 

3. OH MY GOD! Visiting Friends Fest!

2018 was the year I eventually got tickets for Friends Fest. From having a cuppa at Central Perk, getting married in Vegas, recreating the ‘pivot’ scene and eating a Joey special, to visiting the Friends’ apartments (my favourite part for sure), if you’re a fan then you should totally get tickets next year. 
 4. A Day Trip To Whitby in 30 Degree Heat.

I’d been saying for so long that I wanted to visit Whitby and have my photo taken at the Whalebone arch. I picked a fab day to do it! On one of the hottest days of the summer, we jumped in my little Yaris who’s aircon barely works and drove for two hours in sweltering heat to eat fish and chips, climb the lighthouse and try my first lemon top. (I wrote about it here). Same again this summer?
5. Getting Rained Out At Kendal Calling. 

This was my second time at Kendal Calling, I hadn’t originally bought a ticket as it rained so much the first year I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have (who enjoys being wet and cold!?), but decided to get one at the last minute. I’m so glad I did as James and Catfish And The Bottlemen were fantastic, and I eventually got to see Sam Fender. If you haven’t heard of him yet go and listen to his music pronto. He’s from North Shields and has just won the Brit Awards Critic’s Choice, so I’m sure we’ll hear lots more from him in 2019. Just like 2017, 2018 was a washout from the Friday night so we decided to pack up our stuff and head home earlier than we’d plan. 
6. Exploring Split, Croatia.

By far my biggest highlight of 2018 was exploring Croatia. It’s been on my travel bucket list for many years, and I can tell you it lived up to expectations. Arriving in Split was like stepping back in time, wandering around Diocletian’s Palace was like walking around a film set – scenes from Game of Thrones was actually filmed here. There are so many places I’d like to explore further across Croatia, but swimming in the waterfalls at Krka National Park is one thing I’d 100% recommend. It was surreal how beautiful it was. Visiting the island of Hvar is top of my travel list now. I wrote three mini Croatia Travel Guides. You can read them here, here and here
7. Walking In The North York Moors.

I never thought I’d be including walking in my yearly highlights, but here it is. The North York Moors are absolutely beautiful, especially with all the heather that was in bloom. Perhaps in 2019, I’ll be doing more walking – I’ll have to get myself a pair of decent walking boots!
8. Discovering Gaudi In Barcelona. 

Alongside Croatia, I have been daydreaming of visiting Barcelona for many years. How lucky am I that I got to tick two dream destinations off my list in 2018? If you haven’t been to Barcelona I highly recommend it. It did turn out quite a pricey holiday after we’d paid admission to La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Casa Mila, but it was worth it. If we were there longer there are lots of other places I’d have visited, too. Back on the travel list, it goes. I wrote about Gaudi’s Barcelona here, here and here
9. Wandering Around Enchanted Parks.

I’d heard about Enchanted Parks in Saltwell Park, Gateshead many times but never got around to visiting it. This year we decided last minute to book some tickets and explore. I wrote a little roundup post here. It was so cold wandering around, so if you visit next year make sure you wrap up!
10. Visiting Edinburgh At Christmas.

And last but not least, visiting Edinburgh just before Christmas. Yes, it was cold. Yes, it windy and rainy. Was it beautiful though, hell yes! I’ve loved Edinburgh for as long as I can imagine, but it’s something special at Christmas time. Here are three reasons you should visit Edinburgh at Christmas. I’m also writing a post all about the top 5 Instagram spots in Edinburgh, so keep an eye out for that in the New Year.  

Phew, I crammed a lot into 2019, and this is just what I’ve shared on Instagram. There have been lots of lovely meals out, nights out with the girls, seaside walks and even watching Romeo + Juliet in the Castle Keep. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store and to share it with you, of course. 

Laura x




  • Sounds like you had a lush year!
    The only bit of GetNorth I really managed to experience was Aeons – and it was excellent! We also did the extra open top bus tour they put on which was really interesting.
    Cora |

  • Laura

    Oh I didn't do Aeons – I wish I'd seen more! 🙂 x

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