I’ve declared it already: 2016 was the best year ever. Since 2011, I’ve summarized my travel-filled years (see my posts from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), but no year has ever come close to 2016 in terms of the amount of travel I’ve been able to fit in. Brace yourselves: this may be a long one!
You know that age old question, “Do you live more in the past, present, or future?” I find it tricky to answer, as I do a mix of all three, until I realize just how ridiculously often my mind plays clips of trips gone by and cities I’ve fallen in love with. Yes, I am living in Australia (and often loving it), but travel results in your head always being in a different place!
Cassandra of Gee, Cassandra has nominated me to list five destinations I’ve visited and would love to return to. I’ll say before I begin that I disqualified Madrid and Sevilla, as, although I cannot wait to go back, because I’ve lived in both, nowhere can compete. Narrowing it down to just five was tricky, but, in no particular order, here we go!
All right, so I wasn’t tagged, but I saw this survey posted on Christine in Spain and just had to do it! It takes me back to the good old days of LiveJournal memes.
A: Age you went on your first international trip: At the age of 2, I traveled to Hong Kong (or “Honk Honk,” as I called it) and Singapore for my aunt and uncle’s wedding. A few months later, we also went on a Baltic Cruise with stops in Scandinavia and the Soviet Union (right before it collapsed).
B: Best (foreign) beer you’ve had and where: I don’t even like beer! But I’m going to have to go with a Guinness in the Guinness Factory in Dublin. It tasted terrible, but it was free (it’s normally included in the tour, but it was Dublin Culture Night, so the tour itself was free!) and I drank it with two of my best friends from the top of the Factory, overlooking all of Dublin. Plus, it was the day after Arthur Guinness Day, a big celebration marking the 250th anniversary of Guinness.
C: Cuisine (favorite): Italian. It’s everywhere in the U.S., and I’ve always loved it, but it’s even better in Italy! Even when you’re just eating at cheap restaurants!
It’s been almost three weeks since I went to Ireland, so I’d say it’s about time to make my post about it.
Let me start by saying how fantastic my Ireland travel group was. I mean, I loved the girls I went to Portugal with, but it doesn’t get much more awesome than seeing the world with two of your best friends, one whom you’ve been friends with since 1st grade and the other since 7th, both of whom are A+ people. So even if Ireland had turned out to be lame, which it most definitely was not, it would have been a great trip.
Gah, I wish, for my own sake, that I weren’t so bad at keeping this thing updated!
Last Wednesday, I went to my new apartment to pay the rent and deposit and get the key, and I ended up chatting with one of my future roommates (one I hadn’t met) for about an hour, and she was incredibly nice and fun to talk to, and the apartment is as great as I remember, so I left very content with my apartment choice and very excited to have the keys to my first apartment. Hooray for moving there in about a week.