For New Year’s Eve, we went to a party at a friend’s place. He lives in the same building as we do, which made transportation a non-issue, and we had a fun night in good company.
Regarding 2017, I blinked, and the year was gone. At least that’s what it felt like. Though looking back at all the wonderful people I’ve met and all the beautiful places I’ve seen, 2017 has definitely been more than just a blink of an eye:
After celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Faroe Islands, I went to Doha for a weekend trip together with Hanna. I also visit Seoul with Pia, who is also adopted from Korea. It’s Korean New Year while we’re there, so the city is a bit quiet, but we quickly find our way to Itaewon, where it’s business (and party) as usual. The photo below is from the fish market in Seoul.
February is relatively quiet, and I spend most of my time in Copenhagen.
Some friends and I rent a cabin in Trysil, and I go skiing for the first time in 16 years. A couple of near-death experiences later I’m hooked again, and promise myself that I’ll be back next year.
My parents and my sister are visiting in Dubai. The weather is amazing and my mom becomes a regular at Ritz-Carlton Beach Club. We also do a couple of excursions including a trip to Jebel Hafeet (the second highest mountain in the UAE), and Al Mamzar Beach Park. Later in April, I visit Bangkok, where I go to see the Flower Market for the first time.
I’m feeling slightly underdressed among the beautiful collections at Arab Fashion Week. Later that month, I join Poul for Bali, where we’re staying at Westin Nusa Dua. Later on, I spend a week in Ubud and immerse myself in yoga and healthy food.
In June I’m back in Korea again, this time with AC. We visit Seoul, Gwangju and Jeju Island (hiking to the summit) before attending Shinae’s brother’s wedding in Pyeongtaek. I still got a million W.I.P. blog posts from that trip and so many nice experiences I want to share with you.
I also visit Zürich which completely sweeps me off my feet. The food, the weather and the people. That city just won me over!
That’s quite a shame for Munich, which I also visit in June, because even though Munich is super nice too, nothing compares to Zurich.
On 4th of July I’m in NYC. I meet Ehsan and his girlfriend for brunch, and in the afternoon, we all go for stand up paddle boarding in Hudson River. Later, I meet with Tina to watch the firework in East Village.
I’m back in NYC with Trine. I show her all my favorite places and people, and Sister T is finally convinced that NYC is the place to be. I also grab the opportunity to soak up the last rays of sun at much-nicer-than-you-think Rockaway Beach before traveling back to Dubai.
At the end of the month, Poul and I visit Zürich together, and have one of the most memorable dinners this year at Maison Manesse. We both agree that this is where we want to grow old.
I join Poul for a layover and we have 5 amazing days together in Fort Lauderdale. Have you heard of Scoobies, the Fort Lauderdale blue crab specialty that you get at Coconuts? All the Christmas presents are bought at Sawgrass Mills, the biggest outlet mall in the U.S. We also drive down to Miami where we eat stone crab at Joe’s and hang out in South Beach, before Poul is heading back to Dubai and I’m checking in at Ritz-Carlton for one more day in the sun.
Back in Zürich, this time with the Swedes. We had an awesome weekend with lots of good food and Swiss wine. Who would have known that Zürich is also a great party destination? I also have Swiss fondue for the very first time at Fribourger. Cheesylicious!
I celebrate Thanksgiving in NYC with food from Whole Foods and then it’s time for one of the absolute highlights of the year: The JAY-Z concert in Barclays! What a show!
When the temperature drops in NYC I take refuge in sunny Dubai. Though speaking about sunny, my friend Mike manage to visit one of the days when the weather is super strange. I end up celebrating Christmas Eve in Jakarta airport before flying off to Singapore, where I spend 5 wonderful days before heading back to Dubai for New Year’s Eve.
Happy New Year!