Another chapter just closed. I’ve got a little in between period that I’m spending at my parents’ place, trying to catch up on 3,5 years worth of photos. Now I love working on my albums, trying to bring together all my memories in a book. It also brings back a lot of memories, thoughts and feelings. I know that the year isn’t nearly finished yet, but I need a moment to stand still and think about all the things I’ve experienced this year. There were a lot of ups and downs and a lot of changes. Some things seem so long ago, and yet have only been this year. About time to put it all together, a highlight reel of my year so far. If you look at it like this, it’s pretty damn good.
I started the year in Christchurch, a city I’d never thought to live in, but which became my home in no time. I have never felt so much at home anywhere else. Even though I was mostly working my ass off and getting over being dumped, I had the best summer here.
I mean, I got this close to Dave Grohl!
And after working really hard, of course it was time to play hard. I could finally take my van on a big road trip. I loved living on the road, all my things with me, cooking outside every night, meeting other travellers. I met some truly amazing people, who inspired me and made me think. I challenged myself and got over my fears (or at least lived with them and didn’t let them hold me back). Such a short trip can still change everything.
Even though I’m not nearly done with New Zealand I made my way home in April for a new adventure. I started training with my fellow newbie tour leaders with G adventures. A week in Italy and a 3,5 week shadow training flew by and then I was off. All summer I moved from place to place, never staying in one spot for too long.
These were crazy times, never too much time to linger. Now I am finally sitting (semi) still and have time to let it all sink in. Looking back I don’t know how I did all this in such a short time. This year still has 2,5 months left and I intend to make the most of them. A new adventure is coming really soon. I’ll be working in Whistler, BC this winter, but before that I have a month of travel time. I wonder where this will take me…