12 March 2014

Desperately Seeking Adventure: The Terrible Two's!

Happy 2nd Birthday! My blog has made it to the age of two! I never anticipated keeping this blog as a permanent fixture. My transition back into life in England after placement relied on the future of this blog. Desperately Seeking Adventure has carried on tracking my life. I have no worry that the next milestone for this blog will be it's 3rd birthday in 2015! 

As my blog has grown and prospered into its second year I was sure the terrible tantrums would soon follow, but things have been pretty calm for I keep my blog disciplined by a strict routine. Money has been tight but during the summer of 2013 I finished that previous semester with a thirst to travel. I reunited with my boys from placement in Huddersfield, Northampton and London but I wanted to use my passport for the next trip. Being the independent traveler once more I booked my trips to Barcelona, Istanbul and Amsterdam. I believe that my summer escapades and autumn getaway made very good reading as I had been quite use to writing about the American cities that I had been to in 2012. Four colourful Spanish publications such as 'Barcelona - Cuitat De Gaudi', 'Tarragona's Little Secret' and 'Sitges - Queen Of The Seaside' live to read I had captured all the mayhem from Spain! July 2013 was great!

I've been a busy tweeter this year, I discovered how those blue tweeting birds could take my blog to a whole new height. I had already secured a favourable following for my first year of blogging but I wanted to make a permanent commitment to Desperately Seeking Adventure. This blog keeps me grounded but very much on the move at the same time so I wanted make the best of what the world's favourite social media tool had to offer me. Monarch Airlines followed me in July of 2013, I flew with them twice throughout 2013 in May and then July so I was really happy to be recognised with a follow-back! Receiving financial reward for blogging has never been the aim, it wasn't the reason why I began this blog in March of 2012 but money talks so I won't rule that possibility out. It's definitely a case of never say never! Looking back at the first year of my blogging I had began my Birmingham days again to capture that next chapter. To good health and more blogs!

Going back to Basics is for the best sometimes, being honest and truthful is all what Desperately Seeking Adventure aims to achieve. During mid 2013 I had some down time after finishing the Spring term at university so I decided to have a day out in Wolverhampton. I wanted to get under the skin of the economically troubled city for one afternoon, taking things for face value I found a city that needed to change in-order to prosper. Northampton showed me another honest urban representation I loved its quirkiness a lot, the cobbles of 78 Derngate Street impressed me much! I have found that my approach during 2013 and onwards is that adventure is wherever we find it, down the street or a short train journey away! 'Sent To Coventry' is next!

I won't be returning to the fields of South-west France. I loved blogging about Bordeaux, Cognac, Chatenet and Jonzac but that week will never be repeated! I have to say that I had never wrote a blog about Christmas, so when last year's shenanigans came to town I got very merry indeed! Valuing family time is what life's all about for me, because if our nearest and dearest can't feature in a blog post then I really don't know what else to think?! I'm pleased 2013 led me to blog and capture so many memories that I can now treasure well into the future. I long for this blog to be taken back to Newark, that's where the magic began back in March 2012! I might not be going to Dubai but I have another way to help my blog flourish! I had a great time in Amsterdam last September! Blazing!

I have experienced a new wave of exciting blogs and experiences that have pushed Desperately Seeking Adventure to a new place. I will never compromise the humble beginnings that this blog set its foundations on for we have to remember where we started! Birmingham has been very good to me in all aspects, my blogging has transformed my view of my student city! Time moves forwards for all of us and that has meant a whole new frontier of blogging for me. My waiting around won't be forever but I have had a wonderful time! I was lucky enough to spend one night at the Rotunda to enjoy the Staying Cool Apartments, a great opportunity and experience to document for Desperately Seeking Adventure. Captured to the left is the modern and contemporary apartment I reviewed, the view was unforgettable from the 19th floor, I could see Birmingham's skyline! Birmingham is now a cosmopolitan city!

Keeping my feet on the ground, it was lovely to get back to Liverpool! I recaptured the true essence of what that Scouse city meant to me the first time around. I'm usually a solitary soul when I make a trip but I always make a stop in Southport to see my Disney friend Kat, I met Kat on the morning that I flew out to Orlando for my Disney Program in 2011. Since our Disney days I visited Liverpool in October of 2011 and more recently back in November of 2013 for I spent my birthday weekend beside the Mersey River! Harrison's brought it back! Out of my second trip to Liverpool and Southport I trusted the Merseyrail system to discover Chester for the afternoon, I captured those two trips in 'It's Liverpool . . .' and 'Chester: Rivers, Cathedrals and Clock Towers' not missing a single part from my North-west experience! Liverpool, will I be seeing you around lad? Who knew that Desperately Seeking Adventure would change the way I look at travelling?! Yes, I just can't get enough! 

Tea for two? Travel will always be my passion, but I'm open to change from time to time! The title 'Desperately Seeking Adventure' implies many things, should I break from the ordinary and be adventourous by seeking blog ventures with food, theatre and fashion? Yes! This pre-determined outcome saw me publish a Gin infused blog and a 'Dressed To Kill' fashion post! Little did I know that my Gin experience and fashion fix allowed me to experience a complimentary meal at Coast To Coast, Birmingham where I wrote a professional review of my experience. With my reduced student loan I have made a fine decision to keep my latest blogs within Birmingham, creating new and exciting experiences that have felt just as extraordinary as my New York City blogs I published back in 2012!  To the right is my 'Blueberry Thrill' I enjoyed at the Jekyll and Hyde Victorian Gin Parlour! Girl I live for Gin! 

I look towards the future of Desperately Seeking Adventure, I hope that positive developments keep blessing my blog with exciting opportunities and that I get to travel again! I wish for my university studies to be taken care of now for I want to desperately seek a new adventure! Take me back to the days where I would not have the option to sleep my days away but to be in a new foreign land, I'm ready for pastures new. I look back with a smile to think that my blog has retained its integrity to be honest and real about what I publish, I'm prone to speaking well of places because if I don't have anything constructive to say I tend to hold back. I'm finding that my writing style and attention to detail has been overhauled since 2012, I find myself tweaking blogs from 2012 and 2013 to mirror the publications presently from 2014. I shall leave 2013 behind for we celebrated New Year's over two months ago, I'll remember the beginning! Here's to another year of blogging!

No Temper Tantrums Allowed! 

Joseph Harrison 

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