Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Goodbye 2017, hello 2018!

2017 marked my 30th year on this Earth and like many people do I have spent time reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the one ahead.


Here is my list of 30 events and moments from my year as a 30 year old

  1. Seeing in the New Year in Amsterdam
  2. Visiting Burma with Ben
  3. Going to new places (Chiang Mai and Koh Samui) in Thailand with my friends from home
  4. Meeting, playing and bathing with elephants in Chiang Mai
  5. Spending time on the beautiful island of Koh Rong in Cambodia
  6. Visiting Huangshan (The yellow mountains) with friends from school
  7. Finally getting to visit Hong Kong (And I flew business class!)
  8. Maria and Mitch coming to visit Shanghai and Beijing
  9. A trip to the Chinese countryside of Guilin
  10. Disneyland Shanghai – three times in the space of 6 months!
  11. Seeing the students that I started the school with graduate
  12. A trip to neighbouring Ningbo
  13. The Colour Run
  14. Another trip with friends from work, to the gambling capital of Asia, Macau
  15. My last week, days, hours and minutes at HSDFZ
  16. Leave China for the final time (oh the tears!)
  17. Going to Tokyo
  18. Move home and living with my parents
  19. Buying a car
  20. Getting a new job as a trainee teacher
  21. A week of absolute debauchery in Ibiza
  22. Wedding season
  23. Russian friends from Hangzhou visiting
  24. Notting Hill carnival
  25. Remembering how to be a student and having to write assignments at master’s level instead of social media level!
  26. A weekend trip to Paris with Maria
  27. Getting dumped via Wechat call! (While prepping for an interview!)
  28. Successfully getting a permanent job
  29. My first Christmas at home in 4 years
  30. Turning 31…what could possibly go wrong!

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What a busy year! The first 6 months of 2017 were chaotic! I tried to cram in as many trips as humanly possible knowing that I wouldn’t be back in that part of the world for some time. 2018 will probably be another busy year, but more centred around work instead of taking last minute trips here, there and everywhere.

In regards to New Year’s resolutions, I secretly make the same ones that everyone else does and then gives up on them by the end of January. However one thing that I am determined to do is to keep updating my blog, so watch keep watching this space.

Happy New Year!!


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