I know that for many people around the world, 2016 was a hell of a year, or should I rather say, hell on earth.
So many great people died, including David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Harper Lee, George Michael, Carrie Fisher and too many more :'(
And then, more political changes occured that will probably change the future of the world forever. The Brexit in the UK, Donald Trump being US president which was my biggest nightmare, and the war in Syria bringing so much grief into our lifes. Terrorism reached its peak with destruction in France and Turkey, both countries I was lucky to visit unharmed this year, and both countries with so much beauty that it breaks my heart thinking about explosions and destructions :'(
But I think we should always have some light to follow, or else, our world would be hopeless. That is also something I want to follow in 2017. I will try to stay more positive, try to accept more than I already do. I will try not to judge and gossip. I will try to learn more things about the world, about others and also about myself.
As a friend already posted today, my New Years Resolution is not about loosing weight or making more money. It is about exploring more and judging less. Being more creative and active. I hope 2017 will be even way better than 2016.
For me, actually, it wasn’t too bad. Many awesome things happened. I met a lot of great people and saw many beautiful places.
Here is a little wrap-up of the things I did:
Cities visited: 12 (Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Beijing, Xi’An, Leipzig, Amsterdam, Cappadocia, Cesme, Selcuk/Ephesus, Paris)
Countries visited: 5 (China, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Turkey, France)
Planes took: 15 (China Eastern, HK Express, Lufthansa, Germanwings, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus)
Books read: 24 (Check my goodreads account)
Just a couple of things to sum up. And now here are some of my favourite moments from 2016
January: Seeing new sides of Hong Kong
The first month of the year was probably one of the best Januarys I had. It was filled with mild weather, yummy food, and another side of Hong Kong which you can read about here.
February: Spring Festival in China
Spring Festival is Chinese New Year, as you could read in this post from a few days ago. I will write the following posts as soon as possible, so here is a little sneak peek already.
March: Beijing – Xi’An Trip, Birthday Parties, Goodbye
This month was filled with many of our friends’ birhtdays. It was also filled with some goodbye parties because it was my last month in China. A very sad moment, but I tried to make the best out of it and took a last trip to Beijing and Xi’An. It was probably my second favourite month this year. Posts are following.
April: Reunion with old friends
April was meant for my friends I couldn’t see for 10 months. It was also the month of one of my best friend’s birthday.
May: Bridesmaids and Wedding Fever!
In May, our childhood friend got married and we were meant to be her bridesmaids. Some beautiful pictures were taken.
Plus, I got to give my cousin’s daughter some cute Frozen gifts I bought from Hong Kong :)
June: Kangaroo Cuddling
I know, there is no kangaroo on this picture, I only got it on film, but I was surprised by a baby kangaroo at the zoo in Leipzig and I couldn’t handle the cuteness <3
July: Birthday Girl and Amsterdam Trip
July is one of my favourite months. It is my birhtday, it is hot and it is summer.Also this year, it was a very good month. I spent it first with my sister going up the TV Tower, and at the weekend I celebrated with my friends. At the end of the month, I took a short trip to Amsterdam with my friend. Read about it here, here, and here.
August: Hottest summer in Frankfurt
My highlight in August was our short trip to Frankfurt to visit my best friend there. It was probably also the hottest weekend of the year, so we did a lot of things while we were there.
September: Balloon flight in Cappadocia, Beach days in Cesme
You probably still know the most memorable things I did in Cappadocia. September was by far my favourite month this year. It was filled with so much beauty and magic in a world that is usually taken by fear and violence these days. Read about my adventures here, here, and here.
And if you wanna know more about surfer’s paradise of Cesme, you can read my blogpost here.
October: Paris mon Amour!
October belonged to my favourite months this year as well, and everything just because of Paris. I think no matter how bad your mood is, it will lighten up as bright as the Eiffel Tower as soon as you visit that beautiful city. Read about my experiences here and here, here and here.
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November and December: Chocolate/Christmas Markets
As you can see, November and December were my least favourite months this year. Even February was so much more amazing, although I usually don’t like that month too much. November usually is a good month, but the only amazing thing was the Fantastic Beasts movie and all the Christmas markets, including the chocolate market in my old university town.