On the last day of the year, everyone started posting '9bestof2017' collages on Instagram. I was wow-ing all the way, admiring how adventurous/exciting/glamorous everyone's 2017 was, although I can't quite understand/stand why some people had 9 photos of their face as their '9bestof2017'. I thought my life was pretty boring for the year until I went to my own profile. (FYI, insta is far from a good enough reflection of my actual life and personality, but I think it's a still summary, like a 'At A Glance' of my life.) And wow, I have forgotten a lot of things which happened in this year alone! I mean at the beginning of the year, I was still a Year 5 medical student who had no idea where she should go for her elective and bam...I'm now 1/3 through my final year. Among my highlights for 2017 were:
- Improved my Spanish to a level that if someone is scolding me in Spanish, I would understand.
- Made friends with a Spanish family and stayed with them in a little town in the North of Spain. Had the most amazing tapas in the true blue Spanish way, leg of ham and glasses of Rioja, experienced how a family's life can be very simple yet content and happy, and learned the true meaning of generosity.
- Lived in Cuba and Peru for 2 months as part of my elective - Made friends with the local, a few Spanish and another student from Greece. Also, finally experienced the Carribean sea to its fullest.
- Did my first proper hike ever - At 3000-4000m above sea level for 5 days and reached Machu Picchu.
- Presented at an international conference in Amsterdam and experienced how glamorous conferences can be.
- Presented at a national conference in Harrogate and learned how a sub-dean can tell really funny stories during the curry night.
- Moved into a brand new flat and still loving it!
- Baked Macarons successfully!
- Job interview - scary but fun!
- Finals - scary and not fun!
- Travelled to Salzburg, Hallstatt, Vienna, Budapest, and Krakow. Experienced the most beautiful winter ever.
- Went home for Easter holiday and went to Mulu with my parents. It was a trip that completely changed my perception of how this precious place near my hometown is. I would love to go back again.
- Went to St Andrew's the Great for church again, and I think it was the best decision so far. :)
I think we can do better in 2018.