I guess the fact that I am writing this 3 months into 2017 means that its already been amazing ten short weeks in. I feel like life gets more and more hectic each year, and even better. I like these little letters to myself (and you) despite the fact that they sort of only make some sense. It resembles what it looks like inside my brain- a very scattered, yet organized, yet full of things, medium sized room with a window seat (one day I wish) on a quiet side street, in a busy city. Surrounded by things and people whom I love.
Once again I have assimilated myself nicely into a culture that I was not born into, I am now part Filipino. My friend Kate (who is actually filipino genetically) took me along on a trip to her motherland in January.
As always I never really have high expectations for my trips and they always turn out a million times better than I could have ever expected. This time we literally turned a vacation into a home thanks to some of the amazing locals we met.
We planned the first week before we left New York and left the second week up to chance and by the end of it we had hit one major city (Manila,) Two Islands (Boracay and Palawan,) and tons of major hot spots. We picked up lots of new friends from all over (the UK, Tasmania, France, Mexico and the Philippines,) and gained a new Filipino Mom and little sister ;)
I had to make two vlogs- one for scenery and one for FOOD. If you have never eaten filipino food you get in your car right this second, GPS the nearest filipino restaurant and you go order a filipino breakfast with tapas. Your stomach will thank you! #itsmorefuninthephilippines
So funny story about most of my travels is I actually fall into them on accident. Friends ask me to tag along, someone I know lives there or it's the perfect meeting in the middle place for me and someone I know on this lovely planet.
My trip to Europe was absolutely the weirdest one yet! I met someone who was studying abroad in my hometown and his hometown just happened to be just outside of Amsterdam. When my favorite Australian DJS were playing a big music festival there in October (I missed them in the US all summer because of work) I invited myself to visit him and he was more than accommodating. My trip consisted mostly of eating local foods, riding my new bike around town, drinking beer and wine and meeting amazing people.
I have to say absolutely nothing beats a local tour guide when you're visiting somewhere and I don't know how I get so lucky but each new place I visit I feel more and more at home and welcome. Two of his friends are coming to visit me next week! I can't wait to show them around my hometown and where he lived for a few months.
This trip to Europe also help me check off stepping foot on two new continents in just ONE year (Asia and Europe!) 2016 was incredible and I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store :)
Visit Amsterdam with me below: