30 great things of 30

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…

¦¦ Moved to Australia

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?




  1. 20th May 2017 / 01:06

    Happy belated birthday! These are such fantastic achievements and milestones … including cooking with poo, haha!

  2. Jen
    20th May 2017 / 02:10

    The photo of you on the scooter is pretty much the best thing ever haha. You are awesome.

  3. KenP
    20th May 2017 / 02:46

    Glad your 30th was so memorable. I turned 30 twice, crossing the dateline going east from Australia to the USA. We stopped in Hawaii for fuel and changed crews. Both sets of crews had a cake set out for me thanks to someone inside United Airlines. That I’ll never forget and I am glad your 30th year was equally unforgettable!

  4. 20th May 2017 / 09:13

    hope your day was incredible Rachel!!! 🙂

  5. 21st May 2017 / 01:55

    So many fantastic adventures – and Australia promises even more adventures for you!! That sunrise picture is so striking – but so many of your pictures have beautiful dramatics. I just love looking at them!

  6. 21st May 2017 / 10:17

    Sounds like 30 was full of many good things! May 31 be even better!

  7. 21st May 2017 / 10:34

    Happy Birthday! What a great year. I’m sure 31 will be filled with Aussie adventures and I can’t wait to follow along!

  8. 23rd May 2017 / 01:46

    It sounds like 31 has a lot to live up to! Your 30th year has been awesome and you’ve gotten to do and see so much! I know that y’all will be taking as much advantage if being in Australia that you can!

  9. 23rd May 2017 / 15:32

    What an amazing year you had!

    I totally feel you on the chocolate self saucing pud issues. I’ve been developing a recipe for ageeeeeeees and everytime it comes out different and I feel like I can’t put it on the blog because I don’t know which end result people will end up with, haha!

  10. 24th May 2017 / 07:20

    WOW – genuinely impressed how much travel you did in just one year!!! And 31 is going to be full of Aussie adventures I’m sure 🙂

  11. 27th May 2017 / 03:06

    Rachel, seems like your 30th year was filled with tons of exciting events and adventures. How was the sea plane? Here’s to even better 31st! xx

  12. 27th May 2017 / 05:05

    Love this post! I think perhaps we should all write a list like this every year on the eve of our birthdays to remind us of the fun times. And that scooter photo is just ace. x

  13. 12th June 2017 / 20:14

    Happy belated birthday!! Getting working visas in a foreign country is no small feat, that I know for a fact! Also, I didn’t realize that that train trip across the USA was your first visit to the country! I like that you visited both of my favorite “homelands” in the past year…have you been to China yet? That’s my other favorite.

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