2018 has been a busy but fun year for me. Most of my travels were limited to the first half of the year and the second half brought a lot of changes – changes that will keep me busy throughout 2019 as well. Among those things were getting engaged (hello wedding planning and bureaucracy), buying an apartment (hello a lot of work/moving and bureaucracy) and changing job (you guessed it..) 😉 I loathe bureaucracy here in Poland but there’s no escaping it as an adult. Despite these big changes, I also had a lot of fun and good family time in 2018. The following are my personal highlights in terms of travel and everything in between for me in 2018..
January – Snowboarding in Polish slopes
This year I learned a bit more of snowboarding and finally managed to do it right, although I still fell over a lot of times. The winter last year was really light with not much snow so we managed to hit the slopes just a few times. I am really looking forward to more snowboarding this year, and will hopefully learn more. I love the atmosphere in the ski resorts in Poland: the winter scenery, warm Polish soups and hot wine and my favorite, thermal pools!
February – Doha and India
This winter trip was special to me because I met my family from Nepal who flew over to India to meet us and we all got to travel together. We first had a fantastic time at a layover in Doha, Qatar and then an enjoyable family time in few places around India. I had always wanted to visit the major cities of India as it’s the most popular country in Nepal, and it was nice to finally see some of its major sights and cities. Longing for a nice tropical break took us to the remote Andaman and Nicobar islands. It was a little underwhelming but we still had an enjoyable time. Like every year, getting away in the middle of winter from Poland to somewhere sunny was a welcome break.
March – Bulgaria during Easter break
Being full-time job holders, we try to make the best of our annual leave, so three free days in Easter presented a perfect opportunity for a long weekend somewhere near. I loved exploring the coastal towns of Bulgaria and devoured a lot of fish! I’ve been really enjoying travels to Eastern Europe since a few years and Bulgaria was no exception. It was a quiet period and we couldn’t obviously get in the sea due to the temperatures, but it was anyway sunnier and warmer in Poland and that’s always great for sun-starved person like me! 😀
April-May – Halkidiki peninsula, Greece
We (I and fiance along with our friends) had planned to visit Panama for 10 days during May to make use of the Labour day weekend. We excitedly booked tickets on a weekend only to be later disappointed with the news from their embassy here that I as a Nepalese citizen would need a pre-approved tourist visa to visit Panama. That wasn’t a problem as I was prepared for the process but was frustrated to find out that it’d take in average three months to arrive! We had only two months until flight date so I canceled my ticket and booked a solo trip to good old Greece. Ended up having a fantastic time, only wish the sea had been warmer to swim! 😉 I enjoyed hearing stories about Panama from fiance and our friends as they ended up having a great time in the Central American country.
June – Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca was probably my favorite destination from 2018. I flew in hoping to find big hotels on its beaches and a big party crowd, but was surprised at just how beautiful the island was, outside the party areas! It was dreamy and just perfect. I loved it so much that I am sure I will return in the future.
July-August – Scuba diving around Poland
Scuba diving has been a great new hobby for me and fiance. He is even more obsessed with it than I am so it’s really great to dive together and share the passion. We spent many summer weekends diving in cold lakes of Poland and we also got certified with a deep diver certificate and reached my record depth of 30 meters below the surface of water! 🙂
There is not much to see underwater in Polish lakes but since we’re new to diving, it’s a good way to practice and upgrade our skills. Plus diving in cold, murky waters will make you appreciate and dive with ease in warm, tropical waters. I just wish Croatia was nearer to Poland so we could drive over for the weekend 😀 I look forward to more diving in summer next year as I still need to work on some of the skills like buoyancy control.
September – Relaxing in Lodz
September was nothing extraordinary as I spent the month in Lodz. It was quite warm in September this year and the autumn colors started to show around the end of the month, so I enjoyed the changing scenery and weather.
October-November – 25 days vacation in Nepal with family
I visited family in Nepal during October and November and was home in seven long years during Nepali holidays. Along with spending a lot of quality family time in Kathmandu, I also visited some pretty mountain villages in Nepal on a short trek. I left Nepal when I was just 18 so there’s a lot to see in my own birth country! I was mesmerized by the mountains and plan to trek more in the future during my visits there.
December – working hard and celebrating
December was when I started the new job. It was bittersweet saying goodbye to last job as I really had a great group of colleagues there, but I had to move on to better myself professionally. My job is the same, only the company is different but it still needs some adjusting to and learning about my responsibilities. It’s been a month and I have a lot to learn.
The holidays have been enjoyable and I look forward to a small new year’s eve party at our place tomorrow. The view of fireworks from our balcony is great so it’s going to be fun. We’ve also started packing to move into our new apartment next month, it’s a lot of hard work. 2019 is going to be physically and mentally exhausting but I hope it’s going to be fulfilling and that we can get traveling abroad again after an expected year-long hiatus to focus financially on the apartment and our wedding costs.
I wish my readers and blogger friends a fantastic new year ahead and hope to continue updating this blog as I love blogging and interacting with other bloggers. 🙂