Two days ago I turned 31. As I sat waiting eagerly for my gluten free Lebanese feast to arrive, S asked me a question. What were your favourite things that happened while you were 30? Well, it didn’t take me long to realise there were quite a few.
30 was very, very kind to me. The very best bits were all friends and family related, but seeing as you probably don’t know them, I’ll share some things you might be slightly more interested in. So here are some of the great things that happened while I was 30. I…
2 ¦¦ Travelled to 4 new countries: the US, Andorra, Indonesia and Malaysia (technically I transited through the UAE on one of my flights to Australia but I don’t think that counts. I also stood 10 feet from Myanmar but I don’t think that counts either.)
3 ¦¦ Saw the sunset in Santorini
4 ¦¦ Saw the sunrise in Borobudur
5 ¦¦ Threw a joint 60th birthday BBQ with my husband, the first time our families have been all together since our wedding (six years ago)
6 ¦¦ Flew in a seaplane
7 ¦¦ Went on a cruise
8 ¦¦ Travelled to 8 US states, all for the first time
9 ¦¦ Got my braces out!
10 ¦¦ Rode in a becak twice (two times too many)
11 ¦¦ Rode a train for over 45 hours
12 ¦¦ Rode a scooter for the first (and hopefully last) time. No I did not drive (S took one for the team) and yes I pulled this face the entire way.
13 ¦¦ Spotted wild whales
14 ¦¦ Visited Melbourne for a day
15 ¦¦ Visited Mildura for a day
16 ¦¦ Applied for, and was granted, two Australian working visas
17 ¦¦ Discovered New York with my bestie
18 ¦¦ Celebrated my Grannie turning 90 in the most traditional of English Country Houses
19 ¦¦ Visited the Sutton Hoo hoard at the British museum
20 ¦¦ Picked up post in an Indonesian post office from a lady who spoke no English – and I speak no Bahasa – but we made it work. She was lovely.
Sidenote: explanation of the little plushie I received in the post coming soon.
21 ¦¦ Sold, gave away or threw away over half of everything we owned
22 ¦¦ Walked the canals of Birmingham
23 ¦¦ Took a boat down the canals of Bangkok
24 ¦¦ Fell in love with the space needle
25 ¦¦ Fell in love with the Sagrada Familia
26 ¦¦ Cooked everyone who came for dinner the same pudding (a self saucing chocolate thing) and it came out different every time
27 ¦¦ Had my photo taken by strangers in Indonesia, because I am so white. I mean I know I’m pale but seriously. Way to give a girl a complex.
28 ¦¦ Cooked with poo
29 ¦¦ Had pizza 103 floors up
30 ¦¦ Watched the sunset over Bali from the beach in Lombok, with the waves lapping against the shore and a drink in hand
What are some of the great things you’ve done this year?