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About Bridges and Balloons

Victoria and Steve

Bridges and Balloons

Hi. I’m Victoria, a semi-nomadic writer based in London with my filmmaker fiancé Steve. I love cake, he loves pickles and we both love to travel a lot.

Sometimes we go for a weekend, other times for six months, and once for three years. We seek out all things special – the unique, the cosy and the creative – the kinds of places and experiences you want to tell people about. And that’s what this blog is for – a place to share our finds and our stories from along the way. It’s yours for inspiration.

Things we love, and that you can expect to read about on here, include: special places to stay; whiskey cocktails; mountains; glamping; hipster coffee shops; vegetarian brunch; yoga; street food markets; cakes; festivals; beaches; independent bookshops and cosmic wonder. I also tend to share a lot of my personal journey – the ups and downs from along the way. I try to write things I’d like to read.

Bridges and Balloons about collage

Some facts:

We have travelled to more than 50 countries and lived for months in Buenos Aires, San Pancho, Ubud, Barcelona and Berlin.

After three years of continuous travel we decided to make London our base.

Steve is an award-winning filmmaker. His company, Planetary Collective‘s, first feature film is showing at SXSW 2015.

I am a yoga teacher as well as a writer. I love to interview people and so far Lionel Shriver has been a highlight.

We came very close to buying some land in Mexico and building a yoga retreat. Perhaps we still will one day.

We are both vegetarian and often shape our trips around food. Sourdough pizza, South Indian cuisine and most types of street food are among our favourites.

Steve proposed in the Grunewald forest of Berlin in July 2014. We’re getting married in a forest filled with tipis in August 2015 and we’re going to adopt both our names so we’ll be the Watts Kennedy’s.

We were once held hostage by monkeys.

I love Instagram and Pinterest so be sure to follow us there.

If you’re interested, I made a list of all my favouirte things here. It makes me happy every time I look at it.

And if youre new here, take a look at this getting started page for a little tour of the blog.

Victoria and Steve in San Pancho

Comments

  1. says

    Good for you for going for it! I saw that you love Couchsurfing — we do too. We’ve met so many wonderful people through it and part of our mission to run a hostel in Scotland is to create a bigger place for all the Couchsurfers to stay :)

    All the best to you on your journeys…Oh and I LOVE the balloon background of your website. Gorgeous.

    • Victoria says

      Thanks Rachel. The balloons were Steve’s handiwork. I do agree that they are rather lovely.
      And yes, Couchsurfing – we love it! Did you see our other site http://www.ifihadasuperpower.com , which is mostly made up of interviews with couchsurfers?
      Hostel Hub sounds like a brilliant idea. I hope it goes well for you. If we’re ever in Scotland we’ll be sure to look you up.

  2. says

    Love love love your blog, Steve and Victoria. You are living the dream that my boyfriend and I dream of daily. I recently quit my J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) this year to start my own business as an international education agency in hopes of having the flexibility to live anywhere in the world while helping others. Thank you for continuing to inspire me to keep reaching for the TRUE dream :)

    • Victoria says

      Thanks Lydia. It’s wonderful to hear from people following their dreams. It’s a lot of work setting up on your own but, for me, the benefits are absolutely worth it. Today, I’m writing this from La Paz. I need to work for most of the day but, afterwards, I know I can go out and explore this incredible city. Being location-independent is mine and Steve’s dream. Good luck with your agency and dreams. They sound excellent.

  3. says

    Hi Victoria and Steve! Just discovered your blog and I’m just loving it! I began travel blogging during a post graduation trip to Southeast Asia last year and I’m taking off again in November – to South America! I’ve got similar plans as you guys in that I’m not really planning at all. Just hoping to stay on the road for as long as possible. I know its a large continent but if we happen to end up gallivanting in the same area at some point, I’d love to meet up with some fellow bloggers! I’ll be traveling solo so I’m trying to make lots of contacts in the region (mostly so I can hand my mom a list and say- see! i’m not traveling alone!) :) safe travels!
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    • Victoria says

      Hi Britany, Of course, we’d love to meet up with you if our paths cross. We’ll likely be in Ecuador/Colombia in November and then heading up through Central America. Hope to see you, Victoria

    • Victoria says

      Thanks for the kind words Karin. I’m pleased you like it! And yes, that would be lovely if our paths crossed. We’re in Mexico now, then who knows!

  4. says

    Hey guys! How’s life?

    I discovered your blog, and it’s fantastic! I love your idea of travelling and sharing, and completely understand your passion, I’m a travel addict too ^^

    It’s just what I was looking for! I and my friend Flavia are working on a project. We would like to interview people who believe in an alternative, different world and work on that changing their way of living. And we’ll do that on the road, retracing the Hippie Trail toward East. It would be fantastic to interview you, if you’re gonna be around!!

    If you like, have a look here 😉
    http://ifyougoin-en.weebly.com

    Stay Bum,
    Dario

    • Victoria says

      Thank you. Steve uses a Canon 5D Mark 2 camera. He also has a Canon 24-70 L lens, and we use Colour Efex Pro for editing. I also have a Canon G12, which is especially handy for macro shots and when we don’t want to lug the big camera around.
      Pleased you like the photos :)

  5. says

    Victoria,

    I am really loving your blog – I can’t stop reading. Your “Eat Pray Lovers” article was quite interesting and I couldn’t help but nod and agree. I also really liked your article about what life would have been like if you stayed in your hometown – it struck a chord in me. Anyway, I’ll be following along, friend.

    Marissa
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    • Victoria says

      Thanks Marissa. I’m so pleased you like it. Thanks for reading and I’m delighted you’ll be following. LOVE the name of your blog, by the way.

  6. says

    Victoria/Steve,

    Love your blog! I’m actually down in Cabo right now with my folks on an adventure of our own. I actually helped make a tool for travelers to share their adventures.

    It’s called StoryApp (http://www.itunes.com/apps/StoryApp) and it records your voice over a series of photos. You basically tell the story of your trip using the photos you already took and your voice describing it.

    I’d love to know if it’s as fun for you as it has been for us!

    Hope all is well!

  7. says

    Hi Victoria, Steve!
    First of all I would like to congratulate you on the lovely blog which you run! It’s very informative and fun to navigate from people who love travelling like me!
    I wanted to let you know a bit about my new venture with the hope of tempting you to visit our beautiful island, Gozo!
    I am the owner of Gozo Segway Tours, a new, fun and eco-friendly way to explore Gozo’s hidden treasures! If ever you are in Gozo please make sure to let me know as I would love to take you on one of our lovely sightseeing tours and to personally meet you!
    In the meantime take care and safe travels!
    xxx
    Kevin

  8. says

    You have such a beautiful and colorful blog! Your posts are interesting and make me dream all the time! I just have one question for you: can you tell me what theme you’re using for your blog?
    Thanks! Keep going!

    • Victoria says

      Thank you! We don’t actually use a theme per se. Instead we use the Genesis Framework with the Dynamik Theme Builder by Cobalt Apps. The site was designed by Steve initially and then updated by Hannah at Further Bound. I coded it with Dynamik :) Hope that helps…

  9. says

    You have indeed inspired me Victoria! I would love to spend time with you in a cafe with a coffee and cake and hear more.

    We share a similar zest for writing, journeys and self-exploration… my family is off again for seven months in Buenos Aires to experience the city and explore South America. I pinned a lot of ideas from your blog and am particularly interested in Salta and Cloudhead. It sounds like the experience I’ve been seeking for my husband and I and two daughters, 12 and 15 years old.

    Now that I’ve found you, looking forward to more. Muchas gracias por todo.

    • Victoria says

      Thanks for such a lovely comment! Lucky you off to Buenos Aires. It’s such a great place. I feel pretty nostalgic for it right about now! You’ll have a lovely time with Cloudhead. Leigh and Noah are great! Have a wonderful time x

  10. says

    Hola Victoria y Steve!
    What a beautiful site you have! Found it extremely creative. And so refreshing!
    I left my career and country ( Argentina) 15 years ago to marry a a british gentleman… Together we lived in 7 countries and 3 continents. Our daughter Gala was born in Mexico. We LOVE moving around and we are always planning our next city… I just started my own blog and while I was searching for inspiration I found yours… Thank you for sharing your incredible story! Sorry to hear about your papi!
    Wish you all the best!
    Vane

    • Victoria says

      Thanks for your lovely comments Vane. Sounds like you have had lots of adventures too! Wishing you all the best too. Happy travels! (P.s. Gala is such a lovely name!)

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