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This Year In Sam’s World – 2016

Every year I think that we should keep notes of all the exciting things that happen throughout the 12 months and come the end of December, we can reflect on what we have achieved and experienced. Here is a little summary of Sam’s 2016 year in Travel…

January– So the year started with a scorching summer in Byron Bay; lots of beach time and lighthouse walks. Tom and I had a weekend in the city to watch Les Mis at the theatre which was nice too.

February– Tom’s Mum arrived so we showed her around the area and spent a day on beautiful Moreton Island, up near Brisbane. I had won a day at Tangalooma and we got to experience the wild dolphin feed. I thought it was going to be much more organised and a lot smaller, but there were hoards of people and it was all a bit of a farce. I preferred just watching the dolphins frolicking in the waves at sunset. We also went sandboarding on Moreton which was hilarious! At the end of the month I was one of eight agents that were invited to the Skimax Utah famil, which was absolutely incredible.

March– The start of the month was spent in the beautiful snowy mountains of Utah, learning to ski and consuming ridiculous amounts of food and wine. One of the highlights had to be going for a bobsled ride on the winter Olympic track! What a fantastic experience. One of my friends from home was visiting another friend in Brisbane so I spent a couple of nights up there, catching up with them. The rest of the month was pretty low key, as I decided to spend a huge proportion of my savings at the outlet shopping centre on my last day in the US!

April– A hen weekend in the Gold Coast was first on the agenda! We had the best night (and the worst stripper!), lots of giggles, and kindly brought the Bride home in one piece! A couple of days later, Claire and Gareth tied the knot on the beach in Byron Bay; it was an absolutely stunning setting and the reception at a huge house in the mountains was so much fun! Happy Wedding Month to them! April also marked Three years a Wanderess! It was three years ago I packed my backpack and left the UK for an adventure! It sure is one wild ride!

May– May seems to be a bit of a blur if I’m honest. I’ve come to the conclusion that it was cold and I was broke. Oh yes, that reminds me, we applied for our Australian Residency! Fingers crossed…

June– Another chilly month, I still can’t get over that my Birthday is in winter here. We had birthday celebrations in Byron Bay and then ran away to a cosy little mountain cabin in Springbrook National Park. Wine in the hot tub was the most perfect way to welcome the wise old age of twenty five! We also dressed up as crazy 70s disco hippies (because we love to do that) and spent a night at the Bangalow Bowlo for the Bay FM Winter Boogie Wonderland!

July– Another semi-quiet month, working hard at work, watching the Whales from the lighthouse and enjoying early morning yoga sessions and sunrise walks along Tallows Beach. I managed to escape to the city for a weekend in Sydney towards the end of the month too.

August– I landed in Australia three years ago! It’s hard to believe! It’s flown, but on the other hand, it feels like I’ve been here a lifetime. I feel like I have grown and developed so much on a personal level. Another weekend in Sydney towards the end of August, to watch Aladdin the musical… it was brilliant, as expected!

September– The Byron Bay Dive Centre took us on the most spectacular Whale watching trip. The Whales swam towards our boat and breached so close that I swear there was a moment where we gazed into eachother’s eyes! However, the most exciting part of the month was my Mum and Aunt arriving from the UK! It was so great to have them here and show them the place we now call home.

October– Mum and Jan were in Byron and we had the best time exploring the area and checking out our local hangs. The three of us had a girly weekend in Sydney and saw My Fair Lady and the Opera House (which was a brilliant show). One evening I came home from work and Tom took me for a picnic at the beach… where he popped the champagne and also the question! We then enjoyed a dinner at Rays at Wategos to celebrate. Mum and Jan were really pleased they were here to see us after we had got engaged. Mid month, it was time for an emotional goodbye (I hate goodbyes more than anything, they suck.) Tom and I spent a week at the end of the month celebrating his 30th birthday in Queenstown, New Zealand with some friends. Safe to say, we partied hard! Queenstown is such a picturesque little town and it was a wonderful way to end the most exciting month ever!

November– November was Dad’s turn to visit. It was his second time to Byron Bay but thankfully this time was much less rainy than the last! The weather was beautiful and we spent our time in the great outdoors and pretty much playing restaurant and pub golf! Everyone loves food, right?! It was wonderful to see him and catch up on the years I’ve been away from home. We also took him to Sydney to see the sights and eat copious amounts there too! Another emotional goodbye at the end of the month, but at least I’ll see everybody again soon as a trip to the UK has been booked for March 2017.

December– This year has flown and December is always super busy with lots of catching up and socialising. We started the month with Tom’s work Christmas party, another 70’s disco fancy dress (I told you we love it!) My boss then took us on our Christmas treat, which was this epic scenic flight over the Byron Shire in an old Warbird plane. The views were out of this world and the ride in the small aircraft was super smooth and almost surreal. What an experience! Two friends of ours had a really beautiful and intimate wedding on the beach, which was pretty special. I started a new salsa class and my beautiful Canadian friend decided a spontaneous trip to Byron was needed, which was great! We went to Brisbane for some Christmas shopping and watched Matilda at the theatre. I thought I’d save the best news for last… our Australian Residency was granted mid month! I cried my eyes out when I got the call, we are so grateful to be able to live in this amazing country long term. I’m not sure what we are doing for Christmas or New Years yet… but I reckon we will be celebrating this year with a few ‘tinnies’ on the beach!

2016 has been one of my favourite years so far. I feel like things are finally falling into place and I am the happiest and most content that I have been in a long time.

I’m not sure what 2017 is going to bring, but I am looking forward to plenty more adventures in love, life and travel.

“There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this”

What have you done this year? Feel free to comment, it’s always good to sit back, reminisce and share your stories with others.

 

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