With the end of every year, I get really nostalgic. I recap everything that has happened that year in my head and then always regret I never archive my memories. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but the one I want to keep for this year is writing my memories down – and I’m starting right now.
2016 was a bit weird year for me – sometimes oh so special, and other times just so dull. Maybe it was like that because it was a mix of great adventures, important obligations, happiness and sadness, doing the known and a lot of the unknown. It was full of really high ups and low downs, but somewhere in this chaos, I managed to live moments which I don’t ever wanna forget and which I want to share with you.
EPIC trip to Zhangjiajie, China!
I entered 2016 with what I can probably call the most epic trip of my life. Me and my travelling bestie Sveta took a 24h train to Chinese Hunan province to welcome 2016 in breathtaking Zhangjiajie and its mountains. What a ride it was! We were clearly the only foreigners on that train, cheered with our cabin companion with some unknown Chinese liquor, took a crazy bus ride, arrived in a cozy family hotel, woke up to a beautiful sunny day and climbed the “Avatar” mountains, took a deep breath and enjoyed the moment of complete freedom and wildness. (Stay tuned for Zhangjiajie Travel Guide!).
Finished my UN Internship
The purpose of my stay in China was my internship I did with UN Women as a part of my studies. It was probably the most challenging trip I ever did – I arrived with a leg fracture (yes, the slippery paths of Thailand) but left wiser thanks to tough times I had when I arrived, everything I learned from the great team of colleagues, thankful for the chance to get know the culture, people I met and great moments I got to experience. My stay in Beijing was a life lesson and a great journey where I also ticked off a dream on my bucket list – to see the Great Wall of China!
Back to Vietnam after 9 years
Being half Vietnamese, Vietnam was the first country I ever flew to, my first big adventure and a place where most of my family lives. As it’s been long years since I saw them all, I finally got a chance to visit them as I was leaving China. The moment I landed to Hanoi I couldn’t believe I was there, reunited with everyone again! I didn’t have so much time to travel around the country this time, but I managed to do a little solo trip to mountainous Sapa, which took my breath away with its beauty.
Girls trip to Thailand
In need of girls holidays, me and my cousin from Hanoi had a short chat, booked tickets and found ourselves on a flight to Bangkok. We did a few days there and then headed to explore one of many Thailand’s islands – Koh Samui. It was the perfect place to unwind, enjoy the sunlight, get salty hair from the sea, but also explore island’s hidden gems like Ang Thong Marine Park, where we got to kayak among the rock caves. It was one amazing getaway.
Back to university!
Originally, I planned to stay in Asia and write my thesis there – however, I quickly realised that it just won’t happen (flashback to me sipping a coconut water somewhere on the beach, pretending to read law books, hell yeah). So I headed back to my university and moved back to a small, fairy tale-ish Odense. What a shock after living in Beijing for months! This semester was probably my most boring one, but in between freaking out, hardcore nerding and ruining half of my summer, I did submit my thesis and made it! I graduated uni!
I started my blog!
After years and years of overthinking and talking about it, I finally, somehow did it. On 13th May 2016 I started my blog. A bit anxious and curious I finally pressed the publish button on a few of my articles. Ever since, it became a huge part of me, my visual diary where I hope to not only write down my memories, archive pictures I care about but also become a better writer, photographer, inspire you and get to know you. So far it’s been an amazing journey, I got to meet a bunch of amazing and talented people, and I’m very thankful for that.
Summer, friends, festivals
There’s honestly nothing better but the feeling of freedom after you finish something – when I handed in my final thesis, slept in for too many days, I went high on freedom. I fully enjoyed careless days, endless walks, conversations in my favourite coffee shops, trips to the nearby beaches, good music (by that I mean crazy fangirling at The 1975 gig ♥) and just – you know, the freedom of doing nothing. Sometimes, we just need that, don’t we?
Valencia and my Spanish family
In 2013, I spent my summer as an au-pair with a Spanish family living in Valencia. Summer I ‘ll never forget. This family became my second family, and I miss them so bad, that I tend to go back when I can. Being fed up with the Danish rainy “summer”, I asked them “Are you home?” and booked my flight. Oh did I have the best time there! Valencia is such a beauty – for me, it’s the perfect city. I also have a weakness for Spanish culture, architecture, its people and just Spain in general. When I arrived, it felt like no time has passed since I saw them last time, and as always, it was hard to leave. I literally can’t wait to be back again!
There is something about this feeling you only have when you go back home after being on road for a while. Whether you live in a huge metropole or this cozy little town – there is something special about getting back to your roots. Sometimes, I feel like time has stopped, other times it went so quickly by. No matter what – I always enjoy to reunite with people I love most and walk my childhood paths. This time we went on a small trip around northern Slovakia and stop by so many beautiful places. Sometimes, you find the greatest beauty just around the corner of your home.
New chapter in Copenhagen
After I graduate uni, I knew it was time to move to a new city in seek of adventures and cool opportunities. Copenhagen was a simple choice. Being a new Copenhagener, I’m exploring the city, finding its magic in the most hidden places and getting lost in its charismatic chaos. So with the arrival of new year, I want to get to know my new city and take you with me on that journey!
So, 2016. You were the year of mixed emotions, life lessons, bold decisions, and dreams coming true. As you’re leaving, I’m keeping my most precious memories and walk into 2017 with curiosity and passion.
And to all of you – what were your favourite moments and things last year? Tell me in the comment section, I would love to know. Lastly, Happy New Year! May it be an awesome year full of love, great people around you, adventures and magic!