A round of applause for 2015: you did good. I could reel off all of the things I loved about it, but we might be here for a while – so here’s my top five favourite moments of the year, in no particular order:
That camping trip
At the grand age of 34, I’d never been camping – but an assignment for Reuters gave me the chance to glamp it up in June at the very first Camp Wildfire – an adventure camp for adults. And you know what? It wasn’t half-bad! I did wish there were showers, but hey…
Running an ultra marathon
Nothing but hills and valleys! #rttsishere #wmnrun100 #rundemcrew A photo posted by Matilda (@megerecooper) on
I kickstarted my love for running when I just Run Dem Crew nearly five years ago. Since then, I’ve knocked out 5ks, 10ks, half-marathons, a marathon and this year, my first ultra marathon (50k) in July as part of the wmnrun100 project.
That weekend in Paris
Speaking of Run Dem, one of our mottos is “if you do not run, you must cheer” – so I hopped on the Eurostar at the 11th hour in June to show some love to everyone doing the Paris half-marathon, and had a whale of a time with my buddies Camila and My-Ha.
The return of Tawiah
I mean… 😳 @tawiahmusic #whenyoutrumptheoriginal #sorrySoul4Real #candyrain #soulmusic #UK A video posted by Matilda (@megerecooper) on
Those that know, know. Tawiah is, hands down, one of my favourite female vocalists of all time, so seeing her at a one-off gig this year with my friend Spree was a real pleasure.
The fried chicken at the Lockhart
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The Lockhart’s got game! Their southern fried chicken is the stuff of my childhood memories in TX, while the collard greens and coleslaw are trying to make each other jealous with their deliciousness. So good! This is the second time I’ve been here – first time for brunch – and I can’t gush about them enough! #US #soulfood #London #foodies A photo posted by Matilda (@megerecooper) on
I’m a southern girl (Houston, Texas baby!) and I didn’t think I’d ever find real buttermilk fried chicken in Londontown until I had dinner at The Lockhart, which I only discovered this year. Compliments to the chef: the food is fantastic.