A year in review, August to December


In August, just a handful of weeks before I was hopping on a one-way ticket out of California, I realised that I better get my act together and finally do something that I’d been dreaming of for years: working up through the Pacific Northwest to Portland, Seattle and Vancouver.

With little to no budget for this trip, I relied on rideshares and Couchsurfing to get me up the coast.

It kicked ass (but that’s for another post!).

And then I turned around and headed in the opposite direction.


I met an obscene amount of new people.

We went hiking in the heat of late summer, and strangers gave us songpyeon along the way.


Escaping Seoul’s vaccuum one Saturday, I took a bus down south to check out a historical festival in one of the old capitals. It featured a lot of small children in fake beards.

We went to Busan for a weekend, chasing fireworks, and spent fours hours on a beach surrounded on all sides by ajummas who fed us relentlessly.

Suddenly, it was Halloween.


Fall came out of nowhere.

We discovered quiz nights at the pub.

And cheap bagged drinks.


It got cold. Really cold.

Christmas Eve was ace. Christmas Day was ace. New Years was ace. And I thought a little bit more about how ridiculously thankful I am.

2010 kicked ass, to put it simply. In fact, the last few years have been nothing but good to me. Amazing jobs, vibrant places, fascinating new people. I’ve put my mind to it and gotten things that I wanted. Every day, all 365 of them, I thought about luck, and I thought about fortune. And every day, I am thankful, to whatever is steering me the way I’ve been going.

Here’s to happiness, to vibrancy, to novelty, to luck, to fate, to choice. Here’s to 2010. On to 2011!

2 Responses to A year in review, August to December

  1. Greek Translator 26 March, 2011 at 11:22 #

    Thank you very much for that excellent article

  2. April 27 April, 2014 at 19:18 #

    Wow! I bet you had a great year from all these different cities you’ve been to. I can also see in your photos the fun and excitement you had with your trips. Althought these cities may be different in many ways but it was all worth to know everything abut each places. Glad to read about this it inspired me to travel to these cities and have the same experience you had with my family. Thanks for sharing!

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