So another year has passed, I can’t believe how time is running so fast! It kind of makes me feel old already, and that makes me feel under accomplished! I need to do more! (I think I just did my New Year’s resolution right now! I never did one!)
So here it is! I need to work more on getting there!
Where is there? It is where my ambiguous dreams are! Where I want to be a traveler and I want to be a scientist! But more on my dreams later…Now for what happened in 2013!
My year started in Asia, in a tiny (walkable) island in Indonesia called Gili Air, it is where I celebrated New Year’s Eve for 2013. If you have been following this blog for a while you’d know I really loved Gili Air! The relaxed atmosphere, the sun, the ocean…nothing beats lazy days on the beach with a beer and a good meal!
After Gili Air I was off to Gili Meno, an even smaller island, where I only spent two days with my friends who just got married a few weeks before! Did I ever mention that I attended a traditional Indonesian wedding?!
From the Gilis, I had to go back to Java to sort out my passport and papers, then spend a few beautiful days in Malang, one of my favorite cities in Indonesia, and then my one and a half last days in Surabaya.
That was for my first 10 days in 2013, I spent them running around Indonesia, just visiting the places I really wanted to see and saying farewell to the places I fell in love with.
When I came back to Egypt it was a big change for me…
- The weather was definitely colder than Indonesia, I wonder how my European friends felt when they went back home in December/January
- My family had moved from Alexandria to Giza!!
- Our house in Giza was still under construction, and for the best part of the next four months I spent all my time with the workers, trying to make sure they got everything right – not my favorite job.
So for six weeks we were traveling around. That was a good time! It’s always good to be on the road again even if it is in your own country!
May to September, that was a bad time for me. I had to go back to work. I was literally broke. (By that I mean my bank account had less than 20 USD in it.) Also May to September I had to sort out what I will do next. I wasn’t going to spend my time working in the pharmacy! I might not be sure of what I want to do with my life, but I am sure of what I don’t want to do, and I don’t want to live in Sharm el Sheikh working in the pharmacy!
So I got the application frenzy, I applied to universities all over Europe. Then I knew a friend of mine is applying for a course in the UK so I applied there as well, and when I got accepted I decided this could be my best option. I mean, why wouldn’t I want to work in labs looking for a cure for cancer or Alzheimer’s disease? It sounds interesting, and to be honest it should be a well paying job (I can save up and properly travel? yes I guess so!)
So on the last day of September I said goodbye to Sharm el Sheikh and Arrived in Manchester, spent one day in Manchester and then came to Sunderland. Now to be honest, I am not a huge fan of Sunderland as a city to live in. The university is good, very good! But the city itself, it’s a bit boring to me…But still, I am trying my best to always save up some money and travel somewhere for the weekend.
So I’ve been to Edinburgh, to Manchester, to Glasgow…and between the first and the last I fell in love with Scotland.
So I decided to spend this New Year’s Eve in Scotland! I Traveled to Edinburgh and spent two amazing sunny days! Then off to Aberdeen for one rainy day, but I have to say it’s got a good vibe to it, I should be back to Aberdeen for a longer time to get a better feel of that city. And on the last day of 2013 I was in Glasgow!
All in all I can’t say it was a bad year, it started and ended in two totally different countries! It had its ups and downs, the good times and the bad and boring ones, just like all other years! I learned a lot this year, and hopefully I’ll be able to apply those lessons in my future life.
Here is to an amazing 2014! May it bring the best to everyone.
How was your 2013? And where did you celebrate this New Year’s Eve?