Welcome to my blog! I’m Lou and I’ve started this blog to document my travels and to provide as much information about the places I’ve been as possible!
I’m from the South of England in a little village in Hertfordshire, however my family and I moved to sunny Somerset in the South West when I was 9. I’m now 20 years old and am living in Edinburgh for university.
I’m studying architecture which may be my dream job, but right now I’m working towards graduating so that I can get out and see the world.
I started this blog to share stories about my travels. I am very lucky because at Edinburgh University I am blessed with lovely long summers, which will usually be about 4 months. I intend to use these precious months to the maximum and do some exciting things each summer. I also have some smaller trips planned whilst I’m at university which of course I intend to document.
My aim is to post 3 times a week. I’m not sure if this will be possible whilst I am travelling but I will aim for at least 2! I was never a master with words so don’t expect long essays, but I would like to get some fun, helpful and informative posts out there!
I actually want to treat this blog as just part of the website ‘aletterfromlou.com‘. I also want to provide good information on the places I’ve been and the things I’ve done. I want this whole thing to be helpful.
It will take me some time to develop these areas of the website but I will get there!
Most importantly, I want this to be full of memories, photos and stories that I can keep looking back on in years to come.
Last summer (2016) I worked at camp in America which I loved and posted quite a few letters about my time at camp and travelling. Check them out here: Category: USA.
2017 has been pretty great so far! In the new year I went to Iceland for a week which must be one of the most amazing countries I’ve ever visited. I have some letters about my trip here: Category: Iceland.
I also went to Italy for 10 days as part of my course, and visited Rome, Turin and Milan. Each city surprised me in different ways and it made me fall in love with Italy all over again. Read my letters about Italy here: Category: Italy.
I’m now literally counting down the days until my final deadline and my travels this summer. It’s going to be really exciting and I can’t wait to share everything with you!
Plans for the year:
- May: I will be spending a week in Spain holidaying in my auntie’s beautiful apartment in Nerja, just east of Malaga. This will be a really relaxing week and a chance to spend some quality time with the boyfriend. After he flies back I’ll be heading west towards Portugal and stopping off for a couple of days, potentially in Seville – but I’m open to other ideas!
- June: I’ll begin June on the Algarve with one (or two) of my best friends. We’re meeting in Faro, spending probably a night or two there and then travelling across to Lagos which looks beautiful. I haven’t been to Portugal since I was about 4 so I can’t wait to return! I’ll then be heading up to Lisbon where I’ll stop for a couple of days before moving again to Porto. My mum is meeting me in Porto and we’re going to have a nice relaxing week to catch up. June then gets rather busy because I’m next flying over to Budapest to meet my boyfriend, staying for only a couple of nights and then going down to Zagreb. Whilst him and his friends go to a festival I’ll be exploring the city and its surroundings. When the festival finishes we’re all heading west to Pula to spend a couple of days together and then they’re all flying home.
- July: This is my big travel month. A whole month free with only a return flight booked back from Podgorica. I’m intending to travel down the coast of Croatia and into Montenegro but I’m leaving my plans open and flexible. Stay tuned for more about this!
- August: Actually time for me to earn back some of the money I spent on travel. I will (hopefully) be working the Edinburgh Fringe Festival so I’ll get to enjoy Edinburgh in summer, in my new flat, earning money. Sounds ideal!
- September: Before starting uni again I’ll have a couple of weeks to actually breathe and relax after a solid 3 and half months of being constantly busy. I want to go to the highlands to visit my boyfriend and his family, I want to go home and spend time with my mum and my cat and I want to mentally prepare myself for the horror that is final year architecture.
I won’t look any further ahead than that…
Thank you very much for visiting my website – stay tuned for more letters!
[Page updated 22/04/2017]