New years eve is around the corner, and what better time is there to reflect on the past year and do a little recap of all the events! I hope that, when you think back on the events in your life this past year, you will be smiling and happy because there were many sunny moments. If not, maybe now is the time to change something?
For me, 2018 has definitely been the most adventurous, exciting and also happiest year to date. There have been so many firsts, so many challenges and adventures, so many moments outside of my comfort zone that made me grow and expand my horizon, so many new people have entered my life and some of them have come to stay and became close friends. I kicked off 2018 in Bali, in the midst of my first big South East Asia travel, and I’m going to end the year exploring Milan with a couchsurfer who recently stayed over – a boring NYE wouldn’t do an adventurous year like this justice after all 😉.
In the past twelve months I learnt a lot about myself and about the world. I embarked on adventures I couldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams. Yet they happened, which I am extremely grateful for. In 2018, I swam with manta rays and turtles in Indonesia. I saw orang utans in Borneo’s rainforests. I started learning how to surf and kitesurf. I started to couchsurf and host surfers from all over the world in my home. I volunteered on an animal rescue farm in Germany. I toured around northern Vietnam on a motorbike. I swam in the freezing cold Rhine river in December. I’ve visited 20 different countries, 13 of which were new to me. I hitchhiked for the first time in Scotland. I drove a tuktuk in Egypt and steered a boat through the canals of Amsterdam. I visited friends from previous travels in their homes in the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria. I crossed a bridge connecting Europe and Asia in Istanbul. I ate a scorpion in Bangkok. I touched a snake for the first time in Corfu. I swam in a lake at 2130m over sea level in the Swiss mountains with my dad. I lived in Paris for two weeks to upate my French and ended up skipping most of the classes in favor of eating croissants and meeting cute French guys. I interrailed through Europe with my friend for two weeks which made for the best summer memories ever. And between all those impressive, touching and crazy experiences I worked in the hospital and with disabled people, which was an adventure of a different sort, but made me grow just as much.
Sometimes I cried this year. Most of the time, however, I laughed. Sometimes I was scared as shit, sometimes I felt lost, sometimes I felt alone, sometimes I was in pain, sometimes I questioned my decisions on how I currently lead my life. But most of the times, I was excited. Rooted in the moment. Extremely happy and fulfilled. Feeling loved. I enjoyed being on the road, I struggled to come back home, but always found comfort in it after a while. The people I’ve met along the way were my friends, my family, my lovers, my loyal company in good and bad moments, they drove me to the hospital when I was sick in Bali, took me dancing in Berlin when I just wanted to sleep (turned out to be the best night of my life), shared jokes and their deepest fears and greatest dreams with me, they shared their home, their bed and their food, or simply just their smile. They inspired me with their stories, they gave me energy, they motivated me to be faster better stronger always. To go for it in moments of doubt. And so I did. I did what the fuck I wanted to do this year. I travelled. I went for the intense experience. Intense in every way. And it was amazing.
For 2019, I wish for many more moments outside of my comfort zone that challenge me and make me grow. I wish for many more firsts. I wish for many more adventures. I wish for many more amazing, loving people along the way to share the happiness I’ve found in this life. And I’m pretty positive that these wishes will be fulfilled, as I take responsibility for them, for my life. Working hard now, then taking off again, this time to Central America – a big first for me, a new culture, a new language, new foods to try, new animals to pet… So excited. But for now, let’s enjoy the last few days of 2018 snowboarding in the Swiss mountains and watching the firework in Milan with my fav couchsurfer to date. Hell yeah. This is the time of my liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifeeee!
Thank you to all of you who have been here with me this year. Hopefully there will be many more to come for us ❤ much love.
PS the world out there was always a big interest of mine hahaha, found this gem yesterday: