It’s hard to narrow down my favourite experiences from 2019 because once again, my year was full of lots of fun times and great memories.
I feel like all too often we say the words “I can’t believe another year has passed again already”. Time really does fly hey. It’s hard to believe it’s 2020 already. It feels like just yesterday I was sitting in my friends’ lounge room in Canada, rugged up and waiting to board a plane to Cuba, in search of the sun. That was a year ago, already. Come to think of it; it’s exactly a year ago today as I write this post. Weird!
I had another adventurous, fun-filled year of travelling, meeting new people and reconnecting with loved ones.
Reflecting on the year passed, while sitting poolside at my brothers’ house in Perth, I give you my top 5 experiences from 2019, in no particular order.
Learning to surf in Mexico
I fell in love with a little place called Puerto Escondido in Mexico, and I fell in love with surfing. For more than two months straight my days consisted of nothing but surfing for sometimes up to 5 hours a day, eating delicious Mexican food, lazing in hammocks at the beach and drinking beers with new friends.
Climbing Volcano Acetenango in Guatemala
Up there with one of the hardest things I’ve done. What an experience this was! Climbing 3,976m to the summit of a steep volcano, camping the night at the top and seeing and hearing neighbouring Volcano Fuego erupt fiery red lava all night long, was a fucking wild experience.
A Canadian road trip with my mum
While I was living in Canada during the summer months, my mum came to visit from Australia. So I bought a minivan, converted it into a camper and took her on a road trip from Vancouver to Alaska. In 4 weeks, we drove 8000km, camped out every night, chasing the northern lights (with not much luck), saw tonnes of wildlife and set eyes on some incredibly stunning landscapes.
Volunteering at Shambhala Music Festival
This was my second year attending this unique festival in BC, Canada. This time though, I volunteered, which saw me spending eight days on the ranch, helping bring the festival to life. Volunteering allowed me to experience the festival in a whole different way, and I am so glad I did. I got to witness the festival being built from the ground up, meet some incredible individuals and have a whole lot of fun along the way.
Meeting my baby niece
In October, I returned to Australia after more than two years abroad and moved to Perth in Western Australia. I finally got to meet my baby niece, who is now 16 months old. I had no idea how to be an aunty and whether there would be a connection, but it was there. It was natural. She is the most adorable little girl with whom who I am so in love.
What are your favourite moments from 2019?
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