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January fun in the sun

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 5:00pm

Happy New Year everyone! I really can’t believe another Christmas has passed by but it’s nice to get back to some routine and structure that doesn’t involve waking up and beginning your day with a few Maltesers Celebrations for breakfast.

I actually really like January and I love starting the year off afresh and popping work dates and events into the diary. This year I was all for heading away for New Year’s Eve as I never bother going out anymore for it and just tend to have a small gathering at home but that never ended up happening, as I left it too late to book anything.

However I decided to be very nice to myself and Rob and I booked us a long weekend in Portugal, so as you read this I shall be in sunnier climes eating custard tarts and drinking the local green wine, hopefully in the sunshine. I mean can there be any better way to start a new year than by a little mini break in the sun.

One of my main concerns however, and you probably know what this is going to be already, but how the hell am I going to pack for a sunny break when I can’t remember what 17 degrees feels like? I’m pretty sure it’s similar to a good spring or autumn but fingers crossed - without the showers. I don’t think I’ll be donning swimwear and jumping into the sea but I imagine I’ll be bare legged and wearing far less layers than I’m currently used to.

We’re heading back to Lagos where we got engaged a few years ago and I do remember it being particularly chilly at night so a cardigan or scarf is a must when packing, especially if you fancy dining al fresco in the evening. I’m not about to dash off to the shops and try and pick up unnecessary bits and pieces and luckily I haven’t really packed away much stuff this winter so I don’t need to go rooting around for light summer pieces.

Probably the trickiest issue is how to stay warm getting to Cork Airport but then not roasting once you land in Portugal. I recently bought the most comfortable joggers in Zara which have a really nice weight to them and are almost a knitted texture which sounds weird but trust me they look great on. They’re an ankle length so will be perfect for either climate and I’ll just pop a t-shirt and leather jacket over the top and my trainers and then wear a blanket scarf over the top which will keep me nice and warm on the flight. I’ll probably keep a heavy coat in the car for when I return and inevitably feel very chilly.

When it comes to the main body of my packing, I’m thinking I’ll pop a few dresses into my bag that I can wear day or night and just wear either trainers or some tan ankle boots. Once my legs are bare, I don’t think I’ll be too overly warm and I really just couldn’t get my head around wearing a sandal in January regardless of where I am. I’m toying with the idea of bringing my oversized denim jacket but this could be jacket overload with the leather one and even though I’m always afraid I’ll be cold, in reality I know the Irish weather has made me pretty hardy. This was illustrated perfectly the last time we were in Lagos and sat outside for our meals every night much to the amusement of the locals who thought it was freezing and that we were crazy. I’ll let you know how it all goes next week.

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