2013 was a great year for travel. When I look at my nerdy country count, I am surprised to see that I only visited five new countries this year (Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Australia and Singapore). But, I went back to a couple of old favourites and found myself packing and unpacking my life five times.
Truth be told: I am a little burnt out from moving around so much this year, but I wouldn’t trade my blessed 2013 for anyone else’s. (Except maybe Jennifer Lawrence’s. But how much I want her life is another story for another blogpost.)
Highlights of 2013 included snorkelling in the southern Great Barrier Reef, wearing at Dirndl at Karneval in Koln, having a picnic on top of a glacier in the French Alps, almost capsizing a boat in the canals of Amsterdam (with all my friends in it!), seeing a koala, living in the most amazing apartment on Coogee Beach in Sydney, and managing to completely fill up passport (took me less than three years).
The concept of ‘home’ changed throughout the year as I lived in five amazing cities in 2013. ‘Tis the time for the annual year-end recap of places where I received a postcard or two in the past year.
One day I… biked home in a snowstorm with a basketful of groceries and a jumbo pack of toilet paper strapped on the backseat.
Live here if you… are kind of an introvert and blessed with a good sense of style.
One day I… just sat on my balcony with (arguably) the best view of Coogee Beach, listening to my flatmate play a Dave Matthews Band tune on his guitar.
Live here if you… have inherited a lot of money and are trying to think of the best possible way to spend it.
One day I… had dinner at a Mexican cantina, drinks at hidden bar and then went dancing at a Bollywood club.
Live here if you… are immune to haze.
One day I… got into an argument with a fellow passenger on the London Underground over Tube etiquette and felt oddly empowered afterwards.
Live here if you… can easily fall asleep on public transit and know exactly when to wake up in order not to miss your stop.