Teacup Adventures in 2013

If you’re new to my blog, then you won’t know the backstory of my little teacup and therefore these photos are going to looked really damn weird. If you want the long version read this, but if you’re pressed for time and interest just know that I got a teacup from the cafe I worked at in Vancouver as a farewell present when I left in May 2012. I carried it with me as I travelled across Canada and into Europe and by the time I settled in the UK it had become a tradition to photograph my teacup around the world.

2013 was a big year for me and subsequently, my teacup. I travelled in 16 countries and my teacup was there for 13 of them (it didn’t come to Spain, Portugal or Finland).

Last year I took photos of my teacup in so many cities and I’d often seek out a landmark to include in the picture. But this year I visited a lot of places that aren’t as recognisable as say Pisa or Prague. Sometimes there was no landmark. I also didn’t want to be taking endless photos of my teacup so most of the time I just took one in each country.

I’m so used to pulling it out of my bag that I forget just how strange it looks to people who see me do it. Sometimes I have a chance to explain, but most of the time I just confuse people.

Here’s a look at what my teacup got up to in 2013:

Brugge, Belgium

Brugge, Belgium in February

 

Paris, France

Moulin Rouge, Paris

With blooming tulips in Rotterdam, Holland in May.

With blooming tulips in Rotterdam, Holland in May.

 

My little teacup with Emma, from Gohemian Travellers (http://gohemiantravellers.com) and Sir Paul from The Nadwork (http://thenadwork.com) at the Travel Bloggers Unite Conference in Rotterdam, Holland.

My little teacup with Emma, from Gohemian Travellers (http://gohemiantravellers.com) and Sir Paul from The Nadwork (http://thenadwork.com) at the Travel Bloggers Unite Conference in Rotterdam, Holland.

 

Getting cosy with Sir Paul from The Nadwork at TBU.

Getting cosy with Sir Paul from The Nadwork at TBU.

 

Just chillin in Amsterdam.

Just chillin in Amsterdam.

 

Yep. It came to the pub in Ireland while I drank my first Guinness.

Yep. It came to the pub in Ireland while I drank my first Guinness.

 

Off to see Father Ted in Ireland.

Off to see Father Ted in Ireland.

 

At the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

At the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

 

Looking over Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival in August. We climbed Arthur's Seat to check out a comedy gig at the summit.

Looking over Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival in August. We climbed Arthur’s Seat to check out a comedy gig at the summit.

 

On the shores of Loch Ness, Scotland.

On the shores of Loch Ness, Scotland.

 

Outside The Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade, Serbia.

Outside The Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade, Serbia.

 

Enjoying the view after a day of hiking in Biogradska National Park, Montenegro.

Enjoying the view after a day of hiking in Biogradska National Park, Montenegro.

 

In the hand of my American Peace Corp volunteer CouchSurfing host Jen, over the city of Elbasan in Albania.

In the hand of my American Peace Corp volunteer CouchSurfing host Jen, over the city of Elbasan in Albania.

 

Hiking near Ohrid in Macedonia. That's Lake Prespa covered in cloud in the background.

Hiking near Ohrid in Macedonia. That’s Lake Prespa covered in cloud in the background.

 

Bitola in Macedonia has a giant teacup welcoming people to the city. I just had to get this shot!

Bitola in Macedonia has a giant teacup welcoming people to the city. I just had to get this shot!

 

Soaking up some history at Ephesus, an ancient city in Turkey.

Soaking up some history at Ephesus, an ancient city in Turkey.

 

My teacup's last outing for 2013 and probably the highlight - hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, Turkey.

My teacup’s last outing for 2013 and probably the highlight – hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, Turkey.