Monday marked my 32nd birthday. Today marks 12 months since I left London. I remember sitting down and writing my birthday post last year, a reflective piece and on where I’d been and what I’d seen. I’m not sure I even know where to start for this year.
Last year I celebrated my birthday and farewell at Disneyland Paris with a few of my closest UK friends. This year, I spend the day at work, followed by a wonderful dinner with my love. Another celebration last night as my family came around, made themselves at home and had dinner ready when I got home from work.
There’s a steadiness to my life now that wasn’t there a year ago. A year ago, I was embarking on the unknown. This year, I’m settling down again, saving up for the next unknown. I’m in a different place, geographically and mentally and I think the celebrations reflect that.
But aside from the low key celebrations, let’s not forget just how good my year as a 31 year old was.
It started in London and finished in Australia. It included Nepal, India, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, UAE, Mexico, Cuba, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Belize. It’s probably the only year of my life that will be spent as carefree as it was, allocating savings to cold beers on tropical beaches and helicopter rides over UNESCO sites.
It really was an incredible year. One for the ages.
Pics: It was actually hard to find a pic of me in each country I went to. So much so, there aren’t any for Rwanda, Kenya, UAE or Belize. They are from L-R, T- B
Heathrow Terminal 3 as I left London | paragliding over Pokhara, Nepal | Amongst the tea leaves in Kerala, India | Wine tasting near Stellenbosch, South Africa | Entering the tropics, Namibia
Waiting for sunset with friends in Swakopmund, Namibia, travelling the Okavango Delta on a mokoro, Botswana | Watching the Zambesi thunder over Vic falls, Zambian side | Canoeing the Zambesi from Zambia, looking towards Zimbabwe | Meeting brown house snakes at the campsite, Malawi
Wearing the lastest in palm fashions, Zanzibar, Tanzania | North and South, Uganda | Blending in with the buildings, Havana, Cuba | Taking in Lake Arenal, Costa Rica | Coffee tasting at a plantation, Boquette, Panama
Walking on rooftops, Leon, Nicaragua | Riding a wooden Ilama, Cerra Verde NP, El Salvador | Meeting locals, Guatemala x 2 | Home, or there abouts, 12 Apostles, Vic, Australia