A year ago I was in Australia, on Phillip Island with James, Nadege, and Ash. It feels like that was a long, long time ago. Since then I have:
— acquired Australian permanent residency:
— quit my job (three little words, a lot of drama)
— sold all my possessions
(pictured: Nom and Mansa, two of my favourite girls in the world, modeling some of the crap I flogged at my yard sale)
— gone on a variety of manic road trips around Australia with James and the White Knight
— run 107km with miCoach, 345km with RunKeeper, and an estimated 15km with James this summer (I know, wow, right??!), which adds up to a total of 467km. There was a biiiig gap in running due to the fact that I…
— travelled around Europe from April to August, mostly on the back of this motorbike.
It wasn’t quite the self-indulgent experience we had planned, but I squeezed in time in a number of countries:
— England (London, Devon), France (most of the Lot department, Biarritz & Bayonne, Marseille, Strasbourg, Paris), Spain (San Sebastian), Italy (Florence, Lake Como), Switzerland (some tiny village in the Alps), Belgium (Brussels, Knock), and Sweden (Gothenburg). One day I will get round to writing at least a bit about my travels. I also moved to Taiwan where I have visited Penghu and Taidong as well as of course Taipei. I also spent significant amounts of time pacing up and down the airports of: Abu Dhabi; Copenhagen; Moscow; Beijing. #jetsetting #namedropping
— lost my boyfriend, running buddy and close friend James to MSF after they whisked him away to Uganda out of the blue. A lot of the time I’m ok with this and chalk it up to fate taking us our separate ways. Sometimes I’m not so ok with this.
— gone back to Mandarin school and somehow heaved my way back up to upper intermediate/advanced level.
— learned to really, truly, cross-my-heart-hope-to-die, love my own company.
— found the Hash House Harriers — I have no words.
2012 promises: Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, finish school, get a new job, run two half-marathons, and more…