When I started my blog this was one of the things I was looking forward to the most – looking back on the year 2015 and actually sharing my highlights with people. So if you are reading this: Thanks for being interested in it!
2015 was a crazy year. I said goodbye to old memories, unsuitable jobs and some attitudes and made room for new people, new opportunities and a newer me. This might sound cheesy, but this is really what 2015 was for me.
This trip actually started under a bad light. I wanted to visit a friend in Amsterdam – turned out she never started her year abroad there but only told me two weeks before. And because I believe in the saying Great things never came from comfort zones (and because I’ve already booked the flights and everything) I decided to just go on my own. And to be honest, I really did enjoy it. I was able to plan my whole day the way I wanted it to be and I just did all the things I wanted to. And I met up with an old friend I haven’t seen in a very long time. So it turns out the saying is actually true!
This was my birthday present for a friend of mine. I think we were talking about going to Stockholm for at least 3 years and it never seemed to work but we finally found a weekend this March to see this beautiful city. When we arrived it was actually snowing and I was freezing like crazy (of course I didn’t believe the weather forecast) but the beauty of the city made it worth it.
We were also super lucky that I knew some people over there, so they took us to their favorite places and we could see the city through their eyes. So if you ever get the chance to go: Do it! Even if the weather forecast says it’s going to snow.
Well, I’ve already given you a little guide to my favorite spots in Morocco a month ago or so. I think this shows very well why Morocco was one of my highlights in 2015. The country has so much to offer and especially in times like these, where Muslims are widely seen as evil and “all the same” I am happy I was able to meet so many beautiful Muslim souls, so I will never be tempted to judge them all equally.
May (again): My sister’s wedding
I think if I was too pick ONE of my highlights, this would be it. As much as I love seeing different countries and cultures and meeting new people, seeing two people who obviously love each other getting married beats all of that. The wedding was held at Spreewald, which is in Brandenburg, in a Wellness Hotel (I will give you a detailed post about that after I’ve been there again in April) and it was just breathtaking. I haven’t been to many weddings yet, but I already know that not a lot can be better than this was. Everything was perfect, from the decoration on the tables, to the wedding dress, to my sister’s friends and everything they did for her (they actually presented a musical on how my sister and her husband met!) to all the tears shed.
June: Southside Festival
This festival is one of my highlights every year for five years now. As much as I like trying out different festivals every once in a while, this festival is just like coming home. The same people, the same food stalls and the same stages. I couldn’t get lost even if I wanted to. And this just makes me feel safe and happy. And then the live music – divine!
My personal highlights: First Aid Kid, Marteria and Florence+the Machine!
July: Amalfi Coast
When I was 16, I spent five months in Nanaimo, Canada to go to high school there. During this time I met a girl and even though it’s been 9 years and we lived on opposite sides of the world all those years, we manage to meet every once in a while in a beautiful place around the world. And this year, this place was the Amalfi Coast, in Italy. You can read all about how it was, and what I loved most about it in my blogpost.
August: Rock en Seine
I’m a huge fan of the John Butler Trio. And when I saw that they are playing a festival in Paris, Rock en Seine, along with Alt-J, Tame Impala and The Libertines, it was a safe deal for me – I wanted to go! Fortunately, I found some friends who joined me and we had an amazing weekend there. I gotta say, the french were a bit quiet and not as crazy as I am used to but I still loved the festival. And not only because it had over 30 degrees every day.
This was the biggest change this year – my move to Dublin. I feel like I did all of this in trance and I never ever questioned myself beforehand. When I first got there and had over a week without really knowing anyone, the doubts started. But in the end, now, after my first semester, I can say that I am truly happy about this decision and I wouldn’t do it any other way.
You can read all about my experiences and thought about that trip in my blogpost from November. It was definitely worth a trip and I can’t wait to explore some more around (Northern) Ireland!
Like you can read in my latest blogpost, there’s nothing like coming home. And even though this year, my time at home so far is very quiet and I spend an awful lot of time at home with my family, I still love every second of it. I know I could go out the whole day to meet people for a coffee or anything, but I’d rather stick to a few closest friends and spend some quality time with them – and my family of course.
Even though not everything in 2015 went as I planned it, it was a very good year that made me learn more about myself and pushed me to my limits sometimes. Can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store and I will give you some ideas on what is already planned for next year in my next blogpost!
Happy new year everyone!!!