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Well hello there and Happy New Year, I feel like I’ve just woken up from a dream actually as I was lucky enough to go on a three week holiday to Thailand in December which meant I actually spent most of the month away from my beloved Geordieland! However, I did manage to blog about my pre-holiday pamper at the wonderful House of Savannah in Newcastle city centre. I highly recommend this place if you need a bit of a pick me up, you’ll feel spoilt rotten by the lovely therapists!

While I was away, I found myself wondering about all the festivities back home and what I was missing out on, so I put together a little list of the things I’d probably be doing if I wasn’t on holiday. I was gutted to miss out on the amazing Enchanted Parks as I’d really enjoyed that the year before. However, I was back in time for Christmas and the New Year and it was lovely to spend time with friends and family in NewcastleGateshead.

Our best night out was on the 30th December when James and I hit the bars of Pilgrim Street, Grey Street and High Bridge with some old friends who hadn’t been out in Newcastle for a while. I think it’s fair to say they were pretty impressed with all the new bars and restaurants on offer!

Thankfully our hangovers had worn off by lunchtime and we headed back in to town for the New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival which ended with a spectacular firework display along NewcastleGateshead quayside. It wasn’t as cold as previous years and it stayed dry too so we were able to really enjoy being outdoors and watching the display in all its glory, including the unveiling of a huge illuminated sign on the Tyne Bridge to promote the Rugby World Cup which comes to Tyneside in October.

My Thailand tan is fading now but there’ll be no holiday blues for me because there’s so much to look forward to this year in Geordieland, here’s to a fun-filled 2015!

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