Tuesday 31 December 2013

Farewell 2013!

“This time a year ago...” I was actually in Chiang Mai, Thailand about to head out to food markets pre-a Thai cooking class and then an awesome night out with lanterns, fireworks and ‘challenges’ with one of my besties - I genuinely don’t know where this year has gone!

Some of the highlights for me this year have been, in no particular order:

  • Soaring over Rio, Brazil in a helicopter
  • Scuba diving in Koh Tao, Thailand
  • Having an authentic Russian bath experience (complete with branch beating!)
  • Cuddling new born tigers and elephant-riding in Thailand
  • Learning to ride a motorbike (and realising it wasn’t for me!), how to milk a cow (also not for me!) and teaching myself Spanish via audio tapes!
  • Surviving (barely) a Bikhram yoga class
  • Seeing Eminem live at Reading Festival
  • Completing a 5k obstacle run
  • Eating and partying in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Giving blood (!)
  • Turning 30 – with the best afternoon tea ever!
  • Being a UK tourist in Edinburgh and Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Eating at some amazing restaurants – Duck & Waffle, The Ivy, Gordon Ramsay, Dans Le Noir (pudding tapas and marmite champagne stand out in particular)
  • Fab summer funtimes – Royal Ascot, Glyndebourne, outdoor Shakespeare plays and speedboats down the Thames, Hampton Court food festival
  • Living in my Primark Christmas jumper for most of December
  • Composing a ‘things to do before 30’ list in a hot tub with one of my besties – then working our way through them faithfully!
  • Eating my way around Washington DC, including an Obama hotdog
  • Living in central Moscow, Russia with work for two weeks
  • Halloween – American style!
  • Visiting 12 countries in 12 months and even going through 4 countries in 24 hours
  • Seeing the ‘Dream Boys’ in action in Leicester Square
  • Finally getting a onesie – courtesy of my roommate / sister at the time
  • Joining in with gay parade in Rio, Brazil
  • Eating the best calamari ever in Spain by the sea
  • Riding skidoos and eating reindeer through frozen Finland
  • Hunting for a ‘Rachel’ Diet Coke bottle
  • Two of my oldest friends getting married, and one more getting engaged
  • Weekly visits to Borough Market!
  • Awesome party time in Green Mango, Koh Samui
  • Quality sporting time – Rugby Rocks and Six Nations
  • Massages, sunsets, pancakes and massive prawns in Thailand
  • Visiting more of the world’s must-sees...Iguassu Falls, Christ the Redeemer, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, The White House, Bangkok’s Floating Markets, The Shard...

Times like this make me grateful for everything – I am so fortunate to have such great family, friends and life – with even more fun and adventure on the horizon for 2014.  Though at least the first day of 2014 won’t be spent swerving around mountain roads and jungle trekking – all whilst extremely hungover!  (though the ‘wash’ in a freezing cold waterfall dip did help...)

Have a great New Year’s Eve, everyone!

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