100 Things I Want to do Before 30
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

100 Things I Want to do Before 30


  1. Get married
  2. Open a library in Timor
  3. Open and run a business
  4. Speak five languages conversationally
  5. Own five houses
  6. Le Lac de Saint Croix, France
  7. Deux Magots / Café Flore, Paris, France
  8. Azores, Portugal
  9. Bergen, Norway
  10. Krka Waterfalls, Croatia
  11. Machu Picchu, Peru
  12. Rainbow Mountain, Peru
  13. Sunrise at Cappadocia, Turkey
  14. Snorkelling at Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
  15. Great Ocean Road, Melbourne
  16. Rio Carnivale, Brazil
  17. Songkran, Thailand
  18. Elephant Sanctuary, Thailand
  19. Festival of Lights, Thailand
  20. Palawan / Coron, Philippines
  21. Taj Mahal, India
  22. Paradise Valley, Agadir, Morocco
  23. Lost City, Jordan
  24. Pyramids, Egypt
  25. Jerusalem, Israel
  26. Auswitchz, Poland
  27. Lion’s Head, Cape Town
  28. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
  29. Joshua Tree, California
  30. Portland, Oregon
  31. Nozawa Onsen, Japan (Fire festival)
  32. Visit Bora Bora / Maldives / Tahiti
  33. Spend New Year’s in New Zealand
  34. Glow-Worm Cave, New Zealand
  35. Visit the Dead Sea
  36. Live in Bali for one month
  37. Live in LA for three months
  38. Live / travel Hawaii for three months
  39. Go skydiving
  40. Ride in a helicopter
  41. Have a picnic at sunset
  42. Stay in an igloo
  43. See the Northern Lights
  44. Partake in Ramadan
  45. Take a vow of silence
  46. Go on a road-trip in a foreign country
  47. Go on a safari
  48. Go on a cruise
  49. Go to an Olympic game
  50. Go paragliding
  51. Drive a Tesla
  52. Drive a Vespa
  53. Ride a motorcycle
  54. Sleep in a treehouse
  55. Sleep under the stars in a remote location
  56. Fly first class or in a private jet
  57. Sleep on the beach
  58. Go to a Halloween party
  59. Do a humanitarian trip


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Brugge, Belgium & Finding the Beauty in Simplicity
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Brugge, Belgium & Finding the Beauty in Simplicity

I think I will forever be mind-boggled at the fact that places like this are existing so beautifully, wonderfully and peacefully.

We spent a day in Brugge, arriving from a Flixbus (£25.99, about 6 hours from London) at 5am, and walked to the city centre waiting for everything to open. It was a cold morning, but Le Pain Quotidien saved us, being apparently the only place open at 7am (apart from two bars that smelled of alcohol about 10m away). We indulged in fries and chocolate waffles, we visited the potato museum and we walked past canals and peaceful citizens transporting via bicycle.

It's a quaint city that operates so wonderfully and peacefully, with a village-feel to it. It has reminded me that not all beautiful things must shine with sparkles and gold. Brugge doesn’t have the label of Paris or New York, yet it shines so quietly and beautifully, and that it made it so much alluring after all. I'm learning to find the beauty in simplicity and realising that simple does not necessarily mean basic nor uninteresting. Maybe my life is not required to be the lights and fireworks I have been expecting, but rather can be beautiful in a much more soulful, raw and independent way… and in many ways, although it’s not what I’m used to, it really does make a lot more sense.
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Ringing in the New Year in Rabat, Morocco & My Focus for 2019
Thursday, January 03, 2019

Ringing in the New Year in Rabat, Morocco & My Focus for 2019

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity (thank you, Universe) to have some time off work in my new job over the Christmas and New Year periods, and so of course I flew to Rabat, Morocco to visit my love and his family. It was such a beautiful, peaceful and simple time that didn't involve the manic, mayhem and consumerism that ensues around this time of year. I love this time of year, but it was interesting to experience it from another perspective. More to that, my loving second family seek enjoyment in every day, rather than once a year. They have a big feast most nights, and they come together to eat as a family most nights, without their phones and being entirely present with one another. Being happy is just a part of life, not something to pursue, but just is. New Year's wasn't a massive celebration - in fact, it wasn't a celebration at all, but in the same, it was full of laughter, love and good food. I felt so at peace. 

Of course, I am still me and as per every year, the 31st December is a time of reflection of the past year and how I have grown, or observing what I have learned. I wrote down with pure inspiration and no thought (watching the sunset on the terrace of his home, by the water. Blessings.) what I found to be most important to me in my life, and this will be purely my focus in 2019. It has already been my focus in these past few months while I've been building my new life in London, but seeing it written down from pure emotion makes me realise I'm trekking along faster than I thought that I was.

Happy 2019!!

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