It’s been a bit of a mish-mash year for the blog, and for James and I really. I was largely inactive on Spin the Windrose from September to March, mainly because I hadn’t a clue what to write about or what style of writing I wanted to use. I wasn’t at all sure on where I wanted to go with it. I didn’t even name it ‘Spin the Windrose’ until earlier this year!
To be honest I’m still just as clueless on where I’m going with Spin the Windrose – all I know is that it’s a great personal hobby for me to record my experiences and share them with others. My main aim is to help other travellers with their travels, and to persuade people to travel more! I’m still learning, I’m still exploring and I’m still discovering what I like to write about, what I’m good at writing about and what people like reading about.
When we graduated from university last August, we were so ready to just hop on a plane and start our adventure! But reality called – we had to pay off our overdrafts and save up to afford it, and of course we had to plan, plan, plan!
Our original travel plans were very different to what we are actually doing, though I’m just as happy with the way the way things are going now. If I have learnt anything from travelling it’s that you should not try to plan too much, but enough to be prepared.
To celebrate a year of Spin the Windrose, I started thinking about all the things we have done since August 2014. Some moments are dull (working 8am to 8pm to save up for our trip), some are horrible (being robbed in Phnom Pehn), but most are hilarious, joyful memories that I will never, ever forget! Here’s an insight into reflections of the past year…
Having a monkey stand on my head – Jaipur, India
3. Seeing monks chanting in Wat Pho – Bangkok, Thailand
Getting a job abroad –Auckland, New Zealand
Haggling a pair of earrings down from $12 to $3 – Russian market, Phnom Pehn, Cambodia
Getting traditional Indian henna on my hand – Jaipur, India
Eating a fried scorpion – Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Moving in with James (if only temporarily!) – Auckland, New Zealand
Getting the infamous Delhi Belly..!! – India
Getting lost in the remote countryside in the dark on a bike – Battambang, Cambodia
Experiencing the Great Indian Railway – India
Going wine tasting – Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Swimming in the Arabian Sea – Goa, India
Being the furthest I have ever been from home – New Zealand
Completing the walk to the Jakhu temple in 27 minutes – Shimla, India
21.Getting drunk from beer for the first time ever – Bangkok, Thailand
Riding a moped (if only for 15 seconds… Still counts!) – Goa, India
Riding the Bamboo Train – Battambang, Cambodia
Accidentally sitting in the designated monk’s seat on a local bus – Bangkok, Thailand
Trying traditional masala chai – India
Watching the sunset over the Gulf of Thailand – Kep, Cambodia
Watching thousands of bats fly over the fields – Battambang, Cambodia
Eating the below pancake – Little World Café, Palolem, Goa, India
Accidentally turning all our laundry green from James’ elephant pants – Battambang, Cambodia
Drinking shots of Fenny, a traditional Indian spirit – Sakahari Spice Farm, Goa, India
Trying authentic Pad Thai – Bangkok, Thailand
Learning the horrific events under Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge Regime – Phnom Pehn, Cambodia
Having geckos roaming our hut on a daily basis – Goa, India
Drinking the best fruit shakes ever – Battambang Riverside market, Cambodia
Travelling by Tuk Tuk – India, Thailand and Cambodia
Standing at the summit of a volcano that could erupt again at any time – Auckland, New Zealand
41.Visiting the Taj Mahal – Agra, India
Getting lost in the maze of Chatuchak weekend market – Bangkok, Thailand
Visiting the holiest Sikh temple in the world, the Golden Temple – Amritsar, India
Escaping reality on the remote paradise of Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island) – off the coast of Kep, Cambodia
Drinking cocktails from teapots – Cassette 9, Auckland, New Zealand
Seeing a mesmerising circus performance by underprivileged children – Battambang, Cambodia
Realising there is so much more of the world we still want to see!
What a fantastic year! Here’s to the next.
Hope you’ve enjoyed reading!