Typically winters in Madrid are pretty mild. One decent jacket is usually enough to get you through, and we've found anything else is hardly necessary aside for the occasional cold snap here and there. We've never had snow during our three winters here, save for a few flurries one day last year, but this week that all changed.
We had a four day weekend in October, and thanks to some cheap tickets, we flew to Timișoara, Romania (see our time in the city here!), but opted to rent a car and spend the majority of the weekend in Budapest.
Like most people, we have to buy groceries each week, but I thought it might be interesting if this week we shared our meal plan for the week, everything we bought, and how much it cost. I can be a pretty nosy Ned, so I find these types of posts on other peoples' blogs particularly interesting, and perhaps someone else will be the same.
So we spent two months this past summer in Turkey (end of June through end of August). Let me enlighten you if you missed me mention it 39 times over the past six months - we spent our weekdays working at an English summer camp in Istanbul, and our weekends exploring the city. Two of those weekends, though, we planned ahead and went a bit further afield - in July we went to Cappadocia, and in August we went to Pamukkale and Ephesus.
Last Christmas break we went back to the U.S. for my brother's wedding, and at the end of our trip, my parents told us that they intended to come visit us in Madrid, so as soon as Danny and I decided on the best time for them to visit, they said, they would start planning their trip. They booked their flights not long after the initial conversation, and after that point, it was like we were on a countdown - see you in three months...two months...six weeks...etc - June 17th couldn't come soon enough (see, I can still remember the date!).
I've had a penchant for London and all things British ever since Will and Kate married, and over the years, I've come to consider it the world's greatest city. So this past May (ahem, just shy of six months ago) when we decided to create a three-day weekend for ourselves over my birthday, London was my first, and pretty much only, choice. Danny and I met each other at the airport on a Thursday after school, and after flying to Gatwick and taking the bus into the city and then walking through the rain to our Airbnb, we finally made it.
Not all trips are created equal, that much is definitely true, but whether we're going somewhere for two weeks or two nights, or we're travelling by car, plane, or train, I've figured out that there's a few things I always pack. Now, I'm not just talking about my toothbrush, clean underwear, and a comb...those are always coming, yes. But I'm guessing most people pack those things when leaving the house overnight. I'm talking about things that Danny might not pack or you might not pack or whoever. These are ten things that I don't necessarily check off like, "Oh it's time to pack! I need to get my ten essentials!" but rather I've found over time that each and every time I go somewhere, they come along too.