2017, Life, Uncategorized

What I Learned in 2017

It is December 2017, and honestly, not everything went as planned this year. I had “a brief stint of adulting” and I was restless and ready to move on, and make my life happen. Now it is months and months later, and I feel like I took one step ahead and two steps back. Well, kind of anyway.

This is the situation. Next week I will be graduation from my Travel and Tourism Management Course from UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. The one year course will be over and I think I feel ready to leave university behind for a while. The final exam and the graduation ceremony will be in Arkhangelsk, Russia and I absolutely can not wait. I am also currently balancing two part-time jobs, one doing Social Media, one working in a hotel. My English love is in Norway with me, and we are loving experiencing the Arctic seasons together. These are all great things. However, after eight months of traveling, working odd hours, living at home, living in the UK, working 120% each week and only working a couple of hours… I miss adulting. I miss routine. I miss having an office to go to every day, following my to-do lists, going to the gym and knowing what the week looks like.

When I read my post from the beginning of the year I realise how much I have changed, and how my perspective has changed with new experiences. During this year I had a job interview with one of the most reputable tourism businesses in Norway, but didn’t get the job. I learned that although I feel like an adult, I am insecure. During this year I had my first real job in the service industry. I learned that servers are heroes, and receptionist have to accept a lot of negativity for things they don’t even know anything about, with a smile. During 2017 I wrote a thesis about film-tourism, but learned more about Destination Development than anything else. I travelled around Europe for almost a month, and I learned that strange things are only scary until you experience them. This year I got to learn to not take what I have for granted, and to sweat the small stuff less. I have also discovered that I still don’t know what the dream is.

That is, I know now that I do want a life with routine, as well as adventures. I am my best self when I can plan everyday life ahead, stay busy and surround myself with good people. I am my best self when I can relax in the little moments at home, as well as on a beach in some foreign country. I am my best self when I can feel physically strong, mentally capable and emotionally free. These are the things I need to prioritise going ahead in 2018. My ultimate goal is just to be happy, ย and live a life that is full of memories with people I love. I think it’s a sign that I am growing up that I am building less castles in the air, and building more life.

This is not all that I have learned this year, but it is what I felt strongly about today in particular. I don’t know if I will manage to land a full-time job in 2018, or if my English love will be able to stay in the country, or even if I will be able to leave my home town. But I hope so. Despite having gone one step forward and two steps back I still believe in walking the path and ending up where I was supposed to. Eventually.

Hopefully another year down the line I will be able to update you in another post, having learned even more about myself and the grand world around me,

Hope you are all well,

-Cat

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2017, croatia, Travel, Youtube

EXPLORING KING’S LANDING – DUBROVNIK, CROATIA VLOG

In which we brave 31 degrees celcius in the shade to wander the streets of Old Town Dubrovnik. There are so many incredible things to see in this city, including a LOT of Game of Thrones locations.

 

2017, Europe, Travel, Youtube

OUR INTERRAILING ROUTE – EASTERN EUROPE SUMMER 2017

After months of planning the Englishman and I have finalized our Interrailing route for summer 2017. It will be an intense few weeks in 8 countries in Easter Europe!

Our route:

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • (Kotor, Montenegro – maybe)
  • Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Split, Croatia
  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • Ljubliana, Slovenia
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Krakรณw, Poland.

We will of course see the sights and the cities, but along the way we plan to hit up some museums, visit Lake Bled, go sea kayaking, hiking and trying local food. We also want to go on a Danube river cruise, a self-guided Game Of Thrones tour and swimming in the Croatian Islands . Safe to say, we can’t wait!

2017, Europe, The Netherlands

VIDEO: GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS VLOG

As it happens my flight tickets turned out cheaper with a brief stop in the Netherlands so here I am now. I have left the nest (again) and set off to face my fears, face the unknown, and be with my beloved Englishman. First however, I was lucky enough to get to stay with my former flatmate Christa in her current place of study: The gorgeous town of Groningen in the North-East of the Netherlands. Here is a little blog from one of our days!

2017, norway, Uncategorized

VIDEO: WINTER FJORD CRUISE IN NORWAY

Thisย week was officially my last week at work, before I leave my beloved colleagues later this week. They are lovely people, and before we left we all took a day and sailed the fjords of Northern Norway. Safe to say the views were incredible, and the company even better.

In a few days I am jetting off to the Netherlands for a few nights, then off to England again. I go to seek a Great Perhaps. No plan, but a whole lot of studying to do. Wish me luck xxx