Guys, if, like me, you’re going to be at work this Friday, looking down the barrel of the final weekend of 2016 – while everyone else is lazing around in a post-Christmas haze – I know you’ll need some distractions. And we all love some end of year lists and wrap ups, so let’s hop to it!
Fuck Work. What if we don’t actually need jobs, what would we do?
The world’s most beautiful libraries – adding to the bucket list.
This video of Simon Sinek discussing Millenials in the workplace is a fair and balanced assesment of the unique challenges, not the normal character assassination of ‘entitled’ people my age
The 2016 Articles that stuck
My book-nerd heart skipped- Inside New York Public Libraries forgotten apartments – imagine living there!
While this made some kind of terrifying sense: High Hitler on Nazi drug abuse
This just rang so true: Foreign Spouse, Happy Life
Andrew Sullivan pulled apart our addictions to our phones and endless information streams. I used to be a Human Being.
Ugh, y’know, I don’t even like Ben Affleck that much, but this was a great read. Turns out he may not like himself much either: The Unbearable Sadness of Ben Affleck
We literally never learn: History tells us What May Happen next with Brexit & Trump
This came about early in the year but has proven so very hilariously true: How Friends triggered the Downfall of Western Civilisation
Best Books of 2016
Mother Tounge by Christine Gilbert blew me away
The Expatriates by Janice K Lee touched a nerve about loneliness and privilege as an expat
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie also hit the theme of never quite belonging
Becoming by Laura Jane Williams I snort-laughed, cried, and related so hard to this honest-as-hell memoir
Most Popular Blog Posts
You guys were loving these posts sick in 2016….
And the oldie, but goodie, 28 Ways to be Austrian
After the fabulous responses from you guys to the annual Reader’s Survey (results being published next week!) there’s a LOT to look forward to in 2017. Most exciting? You all want to read more about travelling within Austria, which means plenty of excuses to frolic about on weekend adventures!
Here’s my current obsessions that are inspiring plans for the year ahead:
I’m getting more and more fascinated by #vanlife and tiny homes. That mythical idea of packing everything into a van and road tripping around Europe is becoming more and more attractive, but man-oh-man those vans don’t come cheap. Buying a van instead of a house is totally fiscally responsible right? We might have to do a trial run in the summer before committing to such a crazy idea…
We have a wedding in the South of France next summer, so I’m plotting how we can best use an Interrail or Eurail pass to squeeze in a stay in Switzerland and Paris en route to the wedding. You know I cannot resist a good train trip!
This month has been all about new challenges, and today that means trying out the @risingtidesociety #Instatidechallenge to share 5 things about myself for you guys on #makewavesmonday. Lets try shall we? 1. Until 3 weeks ago I was a terrible cook who was known to burn spaghetti if left unattended in a kitchen 2. I prefer plain milk chocolate Cadbury over fancy ass pralines 3. Yes, those curls are natural 4. I have a terrible sense of smell which is equal parts curse & blessing! 5. I love taking the train when traveling Europe, this pic was my happy dork face travelling from Vienna with @eurail and @interraileu to Slovenia 😊
For the last two years I’ve been scheming how to arrange a short overland camping trip adventure in Kyrgsztan. Through work, 2017 may just be the year we pull it off with this 16 day overland trip in Kyrgyzstan. Can you IMAGINE? Silvia at Heart my Backpack has all the insider tips to surviving such a wild trip.
Oh, and we’ll be maniacally planning our destination wedding in Nusa Lembongan for 2018. God save me from wedding hype.
And that’s just the beginning….what have you got planned for 2017? I’ve still got half a list of 52 things to do in Vienna to complete by September too, so would love to hear what you’re challenging yourself to do in the New Year!
Have a fantastic weekend break my dears, we all deserve the refreshing clean slate of 2017!
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