Last year was pretty great. Of course it had its ups and downs, but there are so many things that happened last year that I am thankful for!
For one, I was very fortunate to travel to some amazing new destinations! Among those were Mumbai, Bali, Athens, Petra, Casablanca, Phuket, Singapore, Muscat, York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC (finally), Pompeii*, Sorrento, and Rome*. And traverse the Suez Canal…twice! I wasn’t working at the time we visited those places, so I had plenty of opportunity to document my experiences and photos quite regularly, which was exciting and rare since I’m normally hard at work when we’re on board. Most of those new places can be enjoyed in my video below! Not working the first third of the year also allowed me to write a few posts on travel tips, including a massive one about backpacking in SE Asia, and even a glimpse into the contents of my day pack; create a section of the blog called My Ship Life, which shares my perspective and experiences from living on cruise ships for over half a decade (I hope to expand this category much more in the coming year); and share notes from an amazing book, Eating Animals, that details various insights into one of my passions, living a healthy vegetarian (nearly vegan) lifestyle.
*posts coming soon!
I also had the opportunity to stay (well, couchsurf) at home over the summer, working and spending time with my friends and family. This was fantastic since my parents returned from the Middle East in June, after spending three years as expats in Abu Dhabi.
Thankfully, I was also still able to visit Alaska a couple times in the summer. I even got to practice my newly self-taught timelapsing skills! I know I have a long way to go with that one, but I am loving experimenting with it.
Being interviewed for my alma mater’s newspaper, The Western Front, was a serious highlight for me. I loved my time spent there and am honored that they wanted to share my story. Hopefully I’ve somehow inspired students to get out there and experience what the world has to offer.
As silly as it may sound, indulging in Indian food IN India, tops my year’s list of accomplishments. Not only in Mumbai and Goa, but in Singapore’s Little India as well, we religiously FEASTED on our favorite dishes from dosas and samosas, to lassis and naans. It was so refreshing to have such a wide variety of vegetarian options (DEFINITELY not vegan though)!
Getting some more dives under our belt in Bali and Muscat are some more of our cherished experiences from the last year. They weren’t the most memorable dives, but getting under the water and spending some time with the fishies again felt amazing.