Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Just a quick post from me on the last day of the year.

This year has been really weird for me. I had the trip of a lifetime by going to Australia, got stuck in Slovakia due to the Icelandic volcano(which was fun), saw one of my best friends get married in the city where I was born and graduated from a pretty tough college course. Ofcourse, this all stands in the shade of the one event that brought a Black Cloud over 2010: my mother died. It is not until a couple of months after one of your parents dies, that you realise that a tiny part of yourself has died with them. It’s hard to explain, but that’s how it is. Despite this, I will keep a positive view of the future and have all kinds of exciting plans for 2011. I have incorporated them in my New Year’s resolutions, and my resolutions are the following:

1. 1. Visit 5 different states in the USA. I have 3 trips to America planned for this year, Los Angeles in February, Las Vegas in June or July and New York in September. That’s 3 states to begin with and as New York is in an area with lots of states in a relatively small area, I should be able to score there.

2. 2. Visit 5 different Irish counties I have never been to before. When I moved to Ireland, 4 years ago next week, I planned to visit all 32 counties in 2 or 3 years time. Well, that didn’t exactly work out as planned, because 4 years on I am still in single figures. Go see your country, Dude.

3. 3. Visit 3 new countries. I planned to visit 5 new countries this year. I got to 4, which I consider pretty good. I want to add at least 3 new ones this year. Candidates are Wales, Spain and Portugal, among others.

4. 4. Move. I have been living in this house in Dublin5 for nearly 4 years now and I feel it is time to move on. I want to live in the city centre, close to everything and want to be able to walk home from the pub rather than making for the last bus or taking a taxi.

So, those are my objectives for 2011. And with that, I wish you all a very happy 2011 and hope you all have a blast in the new year.



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