2017 Highlights & New Year Thoughts

2017 has been one of the most difficult years of my life, but equally the most transformative and rewarding. It was a year in which my sense of self was knocked down again and again, but in these moments of uncertainty and loss I learnt more about myself than ever before and grew exponentially in the process.

I went from struggling to find the beauty and motivation in the everyday to revelling in it. Losing my sense of comfort in how I understand the world (and myself) forced me to re-evaluate my priorities and learn to cherish and prioritise what really matters to me.

Before I talk about what I have learnt from 2017 I wanted to share some highlights of my year:

  • I had incredible experiences travelling to Florence, Montreal and Tilburg in the Netherlands for the first time

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Easy, Breasy, Acai Bowl

I’m sure a lot of you have heard of Acai bowls before (or most likely seen them pop up on travel bloggers’ aesthetic Instagram feeds), and wondered, ‘what is an acai bowl and why are they so damn popular?‘ Well, for those of you who are newcomers to the craze, an acai bowl is basically like a thick smoothie you eat with a spoon, made with acai puree (a tropical palm fruit) and then topped with fresh fruit, cereal, you name it.

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An Adventurer’s Guide to Cartagena: Where to Explore

Last but not least here is the ultimate section of my 3-part travel guide to Cartagena! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I’ve loved writing it and if you have any questions/comments about Cartagena, or travel in general, comment below, I’d love to talk with you all more!

“The city of Cartagena is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what you can do during your stay, a whole world of rainforest hikes, hidden beaches, underwater wonders and more await you just outside the city limits!

I could go on and on about where to explore in Cartagena so I am going to focus on the two best experiences I had: Baru Island and Fenix Beach Club! My Baru Island day tour with Taroa Adventures was easily the highlight of my time in the Cartagena. I was lucky enough to have my own private tour and we started the trip by spending the morning in the seaside town of Baru, walking around, meeting the locals and learning about their traditions and culture (including a live traditional music performance). We then took a boat ride through beautiful mangrove forests to a picturesque local beach with white sand and aquamarine waters where we ate a lunch of fresh fish and relaxed for the afternoon.”

Read the rest of the article here on The National Student! Happy Sunday and stay tuned for posts about Peru and other adventures xx