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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Approaching 30's- part 1: 'An adventurer is born'

I had a bucket list of sorts when I turned 21. I titled it "Things to do before 30". Now with this big milestone approaching, I have been thinking a lot about what I've achieved and what I've experienced; most importantly its gotten me thinking about what I'd like the next 30 years of my life to look like.

I have often heard people say in order to know where you are going, you need to know where you have been. So, allow me to delve into my past in a small way, so that I can really take stock.

One of my favourite things to do is to travel and I am so blessed that I got to do a lot of travelling in my twenties. Some of my highlights include a spur-of-the-moment Contiki trip around Europe. I was all alone, heartbroken and in desperate need of some adventure. To-date I don't think I have ever felt more free or more alone than I felt on this trip- and I loved it! (In hindsight, I'd say, thank God for break-ups! hahaha)

16 days, 8 countries, and unforgettable memories made. For adrenalin-loving adventurers like myself, few things come close to getting lost in the middle of a snowy Paris, with no more than four measly phrases of French at one's disposal. Paris was my last city before returning to London for the last leg of my trip, so I only had 25 Euros to my name. I was so scared in those two hours of my life that the romance of Paris was quickly lost on me...now all I think is, Oh, what an adventure!

The art lover in me revels in the memories of standing only a few feet away from one of the world's most famous paintings, 'The Mona Lisa' housed under the equally impressive Louvre museum. Then there was Rome and the Vatican city. This is definitely another thing that I was glad to have ticked off my bucket list. I remember standing in the Sistine Chapel, with the work of MichaelAngelo on the ceiling, and thinking that this must be what it feels like to catch a glimpse of Heaven itself.

Ofcourse I didn't just visit churches and museums, I also went clubbing in Munich with some stunning Japanese girls and  we almost missed the Contiki bus the next morning. I ate delectable choclate in Switzerland, went down the Red-light district in Amsterdam and even made my own perfume in France.

To more happy times to come. This is just part one- Stay tuned for more madness in my twenties!