Today it’s my birthday and I’m 29!
As you read this, I will be celebrating with my parents who arrived from London on Sunday. I am currently on my 2 week winter holidays from work and my parents are here for three whole weeks, so exciting! Tomorrow we head down to Torres del Paine in Patagonia for 5 days and I can’t wait, it’s going to be a pure winter wonderland and I am so happy that I get to see it with my mum and dad.
It’s hard to believe that I am now in the last year of my 20s, the decade that has been full of adventure and change. I turned 20 when I was in Nepal in 2008 during the summer holidays from uni. Little did I know at the time, that that would be the start of a decade in which I would become obsessed with travel. I guess I started as I meant to go on, not that I knew it at the time.
20 :: Spent with my fellow volunteers in the picturesque village of Dhulikhel, Nepal. We celebrated by playing card games and musical chairs, the most low key of birthdays!
21 :: I had just graduated uni and spent it with my friends. These photos were forever lost as even though they had been backed up several times on my backup drive… technology failed me and lost them.
22 :: I got back from South America a few days before turning 22. It was the trip that changed my life, not only because it really was the trip of a lifetime but also because it was the trip in which I met Carlos, 2 months before turning 22. I then moved to Chile a few months later.
23 :: I spent birthday number 23 in Santiago, Chile in my very first winter birthday. I was working as an English teacher and teaching adults and children. It was my very first winter birthday and I remember celebrating with Indian food and hot chocolate. A month later, Carlos and I moved back to England. He started his PhD and I started to train to become a teacher.
24 :: I had just graduated from my teacher training in London and I moved to Birmingham to live with Carlos. It was the first time we officially lived together and I was ready to start my first teaching job.
25 :: I was teaching in Birmingham with my very own class. I came back to London to celebrate with my best friends.
26 :: I was teaching in Birmingham and we came to London to celebrate my birthday… and also tell my family we were engaged (hence the Prosecco and the happiest of faces!) We then kept it a secret from everyone until we flew to Chile in November to tell Carlos’ family in person… the hardest secret to keep for 4 months!
27 :: I was teaching in London and was getting ready to pack up our lives and move to Santiago a few months later. This was an amazing white chocolate cake from my parents.
28 :: I was living in Santiago, Chile and was on my two week winter holiday from work where I flew home to London and celebrated with friends and family by eating lots of Indian food, my favourite.
29, I’m ready! 😀
Lots of love,
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