2017 ROUND UP
What a year!! 2017 will go down as one of the best years of my life. I’m not saying that because I’m getting older and I feel like I have to convince myself that my life isn’t going down the shitter as the big four-oh approaches. No, I definitely am not doing that. It really was great! Thinking back on it now, it seems quite surreal.
The year started out rather poorly. I had to say goodbye to working with a great group of people in Sydney. I had been working with them for three years and during that time we’d become good friends. They won’t admit it, but they loved me. While leaving was sad, I was slightly more upset at losing my headphones during our farewell party. I really liked those headphones.
Our last day was on the 31st March; a quarter into the year. The following day I flew to Iceland and 2017 really began. You can read all about my travels on the rest of the website, though I do have a lot to catch up on!
SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS
- Dived the Silfra Fissure in Iceland
- Got to spend a week hanging out at a French château, doing wine tours and visiting the surrounding castles.
- Completed my advanced adventurer diving certification in Indonesia
- Climbed Mount Rinjani
- Got back on the snow and spent a month snowboarding in New Zealand
- Drove the length of New Zealand in an old car that didn’t break down on me. I hope the new owner loves it as much as I did.
- Revisited Paris; my favourite city in the world.
- Saw some of the wonders of Rome. Words cannot describe…but I’m going to try.
- Met a girl and took a gamble. I changed all my travel plans and ended up back in Europe. So far it has paid off.
Of course I got to meet new people and see some old friends!! This has been a great year for it! I am often humbled by the generosity of the people I have met from all walks of life.
I saw two of my friends married; James and Morgan. Though they live in Australia, they decided to get married at a château in France and, for some reason, invited me along. I was honoured and had a wonderful time. Plus I got to meet some of their friends and family. It is no surprise so many of them were cool, friendly, intelligent and interesting people.
Tim and Sarah, who invited me to stay with them in Bath and showed me around. I loved Bath and have labelled it as my favourite place I have visited in England. I met them in The Philippines, and since then have seen them a few times in different parts of the world. They are some of the nicest people I have met and I really appreciated being able to impose on them.
Mike and Kat are friends of mine from New Zealand and Australia respectively. I seem to find a way to catch them wherever they are, mainly because they’re always in interesting places. In 2017 I saw them in Iceland, Berlin, Barcelona, and Rome. Already I have plans to meet them in Australia later this month.
Jake abandoned us in Sydney and went back to the U.S. I saw him in Iceland earlier this year, and I hear he is currently neck-deep in snow in Chicago. I imagine he is probably making the best of it somehow. He’s that kind of guy.
Ziggy, who I get to catch up with again soon in Sydney. He made Iceland and Berlin a lot of fun. A fiercely intelligent man he somehow makes me question even the things I think I know. I’m quite sure he finds this amusing. He also makes me laugh which is a bonus.
Ketut in Lombok was one of the most genuine people I have met and if you are ever going to Lombok, I recommend stay with him near Senggigi. You will love experiencing his lovely village. Staying with him was a real down-to-earth experience for 2017.
I lived with a house full of genuinely nice people in Queenstown. SoSo, Ryan, Morgan, Danielle, Nick, and Nathan. All were really cool and I had a nice time getting to know them. I left sooner than I would have liked.
This is only the beginning. I have, of course, missed a huge number of people and I hope they will not be offended by being excluded. There are only so many people I can list before people stop reading and close this page.
WHATS UP FOR 2018
After the last year travelling, I will be spending some more time working and writing. I know my father wants me to help him building a new carport and to paint a dinghy. It sounds like a good way to spend some summer days at the beach. Winter in Berlin hasn’t exactly done wonders for my tan.
I have some travel plans of course. Unfortunately I have hit my visa allowance for Germany, so I will be spending some time in other parts of the world. This is my current list of places I want to visit at the moment:
- Sri Lanka
I want to see some more of Australia and I to show some new people around New Zealand, which is one of my favourite things to do.
One of the main events for the new year is in September I turn 40. That’s right. I guess this means I’m now labelled as ‘middle-aged’ and I should probably start doing things that 40 year old’s do. Things probably won’t change very much except I’ll have a few more grey hairs than I do now and when I visit the doctor they’ll make a few more notes than they used to. Hopefully people will still act surprised when they hear how old I am.
I have too many plans and too much life left in me to start slowing down too much, so you will have to keep following along with my blog as I explore the world through the eyes of a slightly older man. Perhaps it will add another layer of cynicism to my writing. One can only hope!
Have a great year and let me know where you are!