So. I guess we're doing this. Saying goodbye to another year that went too fast but you're still so happy that it's over. It's just another day that's ending, but there's still a nostalgic feeling to it, like you're saying goodbye to something. But it's seriously not a big deal. The only thing that I am excited about is that it's closer to when I leave to Asia again. But first, let's take a look at 2018 and what I did.
I celebrated New Years in Hanoi with my sisters friends and some people I'd met at the hostel. I really regret not staying with them and NOT going to that weirdo club that was "posh" (it wasn't). I went to Sri Lanka after Vietnam and ended my trip in Israel. Just a week or two after I had landed in Sweden, me and my mom went to Krakow, Poland and ate the BEST vegan kebab. I was really panicking during the two months I was in Sweden - I was called in for interviews, but was always unsuccessful. I was starting to doubt everything, my education, my career path and what I really wanted - I was even considering accepting a job offer in Sweden! But then something miraculously happened and I landed my job in Lisbon, Portugal. I had always dreamt of living there and for me to be able to fulfil yet another dream was something that was too good to be true. So it would turn out to be.
Lisbon was really nice, don't get me wrong. I really adore the city and think it's one of the absolute best cities to live in. It's safe, beautiful to look at, there's plenty of cultural events, museums, cafés, restaurants and if you don't mind "Bairro Alto", you can get some cheap drinks in that bar street. I really disliked it after my 3rd time there and decided then and there to avoid it forever. But still, Lisbon was perhaps not my cup of tea after all, or I just felt like I needed to do something different, but ending my year by moving away from my home for 7 months felt... like a relief. Now I've been in Sweden for one month and will be here for about 3 more weeks before I leave to Israel and finally to Southeast Asia again. I always felt like my Asia trips has felt incomplete without visiting Laos and Cambodia, so I hope 2019 will finally let me do everything I would like to do. I think it will.