31 December 2016

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

As per self-instigated tradition, I spend the last post of the year reminiscing. 2016 has been incredible and sad. A serious amount of exploring, more hugs than I ever want to count, tabled laughter, a burgeoning full blown coffee addiction, many escapades both in the UK and overseas to countries I will never be able to properly spell, a few heartbreaking incidents, discovering new nooks and generally trying to live life to the full.



And, as you read this, New Zealand will shortly be counting down & embracing the new year. We'll be getting ready in the UK to watch the sun set on an incredible 2016 and we'll be (probably, ok maybe) watching the sunrise over the horizon of 2017.

Traditionally each year I like to finish with a little roundup of the year that was. I think we'll play with the top 16 this time (I did the top 15 last year, 14 in 201413 in 2013, and 12 in 2012... see where I'm going with this?) the spirit and phrasing doesn't change but the chaos definitely does.


The first four are chosen by you, my lovely readers, and always include a few surprises...





 
...a bevy of my personal favourites...








... a few extra surprises that the year held... 





...and a touch of expat thoughts & inspiration to keep in mind.



Thank you. Thank you for sticking around and have a wonderful New Year! May it be full of joy and beautiful coffee.

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