2016 in Review

Ah, 2016. What a bizarre year it has been.  Pokémon Go took over the world and we lost countless big name celebrities. As I sit here and think about this year, I realise that it just wasn’t that great to me. Like it wasn’t bad, it just was not great. It is what I think of as a ‘stepping stone’ year; a year that will get me to somewhere better. I hope.

Hoiser Lane, Melbourne

As I discussed in my Yes Man post, I wasn’t happy with how I conducted my year. As some of you may know, I tore my ACL (one of the main ligaments in the knee) in late November and required a knee reconstruction. This really ruined a lot of my plans but it definitely gave me an opportunity to change my mind set for 2017.Not to mention that the surgery cost me a couple of round the world flights (goodbye spending money!). Backpackers will probably faint if I told them how much it cost me.

I tried to pick the least gross picture!

I had my reconstruction just over two weeks ago and I am in a much more positive mind space. The pain is nothing – don’t get me wrong, it is there but nowhere near as painful as what I anticipated. What is getting to me is the limitations that I am facing. I have pretty much been house bound for the past month (yes, it is really getting to me).  My car is a manual (stick) so I won’t be able to drive it until February so I am leaning on my friends and family to give me a lift or to swap cars (Canberra isn’t really a great place for public transport plus with a busted knee it really isn’t great). They have been so supportive and I really do appreciate everything they have done for me.  When I am out, I need to have crutches with me if there are a lot of people (only for the first 6 weeks).  I walk without them but I use them more as a barrier so people don’t accidently knock me while the ligaments reconnect. Plus, it is really hot here. Walking takes a lot of concentration at the moment and in the heat I am just pouring with sweat (great mental image right?!).

Billy Grace Reserve, Wee Jasper

While I have been couch bound, I have done a lot of blog writing and provided input to some other amazing bloggers so there is a silver lining. Not to mention that I have started to plan all of my trips for 2017. I am now racing the clock to make sure my knee is up to speed to travel. I am doing all of my one legged squats and hamstring curls exactly on time because I will not miss my trip booked to Hawaii in March. But before I launch in to 2017, let’s have a look at 2016.

Wonderful Indonesia

In April, I was given the opportunity by the Indonesian Tourism Board to travel to Manado and Ambon. This was such an amazing opportunity and I could not thank the Board enough. I have never been to Indonesia before this and I have no idea why! This is Australia’s closest neighbour and I have neglected it but not anymore. I am hoping to get to Komodo Island soon. I want to see the magnificent Komodo Dragons in their natural environments.  This was a whirlwind trip and I don’t think I have seen even half of what these areas have to offer. It is amazing at how places hide such hidden beauties.

Waruga Stones in Manado

I explored different parts of Australia. I made my yearly trip down to Tomakin with my Mum and sister with my dog, Jack.

Tomakin Beach

I explored Melbourne with a good friend.

Melbourne from the Shrine of Remembrance

I went to Sydney with the family to watch the University of California Golden Bears v the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (American Football was a first for me and I really enjoyed it).

California v Hawaii in Sydney

I went to Sydney for a friends hens weekend (and boy did we party hard).

Mojitos in Darling Harbour
Mojitos in Darling Harbour

I explored Goulburn (a historic neighbouring town to Canberra) to understand about the history of our region.

Riversdale

I camped out at Wee Jasper to raise money for cancer research.

Beautiful morning in Wee Jasper

I spent a weekend at the beach just relaxing.

Murramarang

And I learnt to explore my own neighbourhood. When I look at it like this, it’s not that bad of a year.

Scariest Warriors Ever at the National Museum of Australia

Next year I have a couple of international trips booked in, first up is Hawaii in March. I will leave the other trips in suspense but it won’t take long until you find out my travel plans for 2017. I am also hoping to get to Kerala, India. All you have to do is vote for me (yes, a shameless plug) here. I am already setting up numerous interstate trips and will hope to visit Tasmania for the first time (I have been told that I will love it). I am also looking at exploring more places around Canberra and will love to show the rest of the world. Canberra is known as being a pretty boring place but I am keen to prove the world wrong.

I spend a lot of time hiking in Tidbinbilla, Canberra

2017 will be a busy year. I work full time, study part time and blog for fun (it keeps me sane) and this will continue into the new year. My life is generally quite busy but I hope to bring you more hidden gems in 2017. But I couldn’t be more thankful for all of the support that I have received from all of you. Through an Aussie’s Eyes would not exist if it wasn’t for all of you.

So thank you.

Beer In Indonesia
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44 Comments

  • wyldfamilytravel

    January 1, 2017

    Looks like a great year for you. Hope 2017 is just as good cheers from your fellow Australian travel bloggers

  • Garth

    January 1, 2017

    Wow sounds like you’ve had quite a year! Sorry to read you had pain, I have Fibromyalgia so I understand what it’s like to live with pain. But it looks like you achieved so much, good for you and congratulations on getting a trip to Indonesia, how brilliant! We’d love to go there too. I look forward to reading more about your travels in 2017 and in particular your upcoming trip to Hawaii as me and Phil would love to visit there!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      June 25, 2017

      2016 was quite a year, the knee has healed well so 2017 has been much better. I highly recommend going out to Indonesia as it is a truly amazing country.

  • danik

    January 1, 2017

    Great post Helena but you could have chosen a MORE grumsome photo of your knee 😉

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      June 25, 2017

      Haha I do have some much better ones lying around!

  • paulandcarolelovetotravel

    January 1, 2017

    Despite your difficulties with your knee at the end of the year you still managed to travel to some amazing destinations in 2016. We hope your knee heals well and you can get to Hawaii. We look forward to following your travels in 2017. #feetdotravel.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      June 25, 2017

      Thank you so much! I definitely had a great year, minus my knee of course! My knee has healed so well so hopefully it continues on this track!

  • The Roaming Renegades.com

    January 2, 2017

    I know exactly how you feel with your knee! I also had a reconstruction not too long ago which halted a few plans, but it’s now much stronger than it was previously and I’m back on the rod again! Apart from your operation it sounds like you still managed to do a few things in 2016. But I hope 2017 can be a more fulfilling one. Keep busy and keep living!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      June 25, 2017

      Go you! That is exactly what I aiming for – a nice strong knee! 2016 definitely wasn’t as bad as what it may have appeared to be in that post. But it is so much better now and 2017 has been great so far

  • theboutiqueadventurer

    January 2, 2017

    wow what a great year! so sorry about your knee – hope all is now on track!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      June 25, 2017

      Minus the knee, it definitely was a great year! It is back on track now 🙂

  • Nathan

    January 2, 2017

    Even though that really sucks about your ACL it looks like you still managed to have a really big year! That’s so awesome. I wish you more big adventures in 2017!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      June 23, 2017

      True, it definitely wasn’t the end of the world and my year was still great.I just had to remember that it all gets better!

  • Midori

    January 2, 2017

    Nice year!!!! I wish you an awesome 2017!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      June 23, 2017

      Thank you! To you too!!

  • Brianna (@ArchivesofAdv)

    January 2, 2017

    Sounds like Iike a good amount of travel in 2016! I like that you spent a lot of time exploring your own country. I feel like a lot of travelers forget that is an option 😛

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      June 25, 2017

      2016 was definitely an amazing year. Australia is a massive country so I really have a lot to see here so I can’t waste any time!

  • Laura @ Sometime Traveller

    January 2, 2017

    Sounds like you had a pretty great year (knee problems aside!). Here’s to a fab 2017 🙂 I visited Hawaii a few years ago – it’s a beautiful place, I hope you enjoy it!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      June 25, 2017

      It was a pretty great year (minus the knee). But 2017 will be amazing and I am looking forward to it!

  • Dang Travelers

    January 2, 2017

    All in all, 2016 doesn’t sound too shabby! With the exception of your injury, I think it was pretty great. Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is even bigger and better!

  • lilytravella

    January 2, 2017

    It was definitely a strange year! Sorry about your ACL! Painful! But it didn’t stop you seeing and doing some amazing things!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      January 13, 2017

      Thank you for your comment. I am glad that the strange year of 2016 is over. Bring on 2017! Hope you have a great year.

  • Travel Lexx

    January 2, 2017

    It still sounds like you have taken loads of positives out of your 2016 and have visited some amazing places. Indonesia is a great country and I would love to see more of it, Hope you have a fantastic 2017

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      January 12, 2017

      Indonesia really was amazing and like you, I would definitely love to see more of it. I hope you have a great 2017 🙂

  • Diana Chen

    January 3, 2017

    Sorry to hear about your ACL! Hope you feel better soon and have a better 2017 in that department! Looks like you got to visit some pretty awesome destinations in 2016 though so it still looks to have been a great year! 🙂

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      January 12, 2017

      Thank you so much! The ACL was definitely a bummer but it is healing quite well. I hope you have a great 2017!!

  • Sonali Chauhan

    January 3, 2017

    2016 looks really wonderful for you & I hope this new year 2017 will also be awesome for you.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      January 12, 2017

      Thank you so much! I hope 2017 is amazing for you as well 🙂

  • I almost forgot about Pokemon Go… ha! Great roundup, thanks for sharing 🙂 Happy New Year!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      January 11, 2017

      Happy new year to you too!! Haha, I was surprised at how big Pokemon Go was!

  • carolcolborn

    January 3, 2017

    Oh I would be in Melbourne for 5 months this year!!! Can’t wait to follow your footsteps!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      January 11, 2017

      Oh awesome! When will you arrive in Melbourne?

  • ThriftyTrails

    January 3, 2017

    2016 sounds like it was awesome for you! Glad you enjoyed American football haha. By the way, I love that photo from Hoiser Lane/

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      January 11, 2017

      It was a good year! I think I need to watch a couple more games so I properly understand what is going on haha. Thank you!

  • Gokul Raj

    January 3, 2017

    2016 did not start well for me either…anyway ended on a positive note….all the best with 2017

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      January 9, 2017

      I am sorry to hear that 2016 wasn’t great but I hope your 2017 started on a better note!

  • Elisabeth Caraballo

    January 4, 2017

    Great post! I agree that 2016 was like a “stepping stone” year for me too. Good luck with everything in 2017! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      January 9, 2017

      Thank you so much. I hope your 2017 is fantastic!!

  • Theresa Sondjo

    January 4, 2017

    You had a super busy 2016 it looks like, despite your knee surgery! I hope that everything works out and that 2017 is an amazing year for you.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      January 9, 2017

      Thank you for your comment. 2016 was busy and I really hope 2017 is more travel hectic.

  • tracycollins2016

    January 4, 2017

    Looks like you made the most of the year despite your knee op – that must have been painful! Can’t wait to visit Australia it looks so fab!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      January 9, 2017

      Despite the knee, it was a great year. I hope you will be getting to Australia soon?

  • Trippin' Turpins

    January 7, 2017

    Sorry to hear about your knee! Hope you are back on your feet soon. I await with eager anticipation to read about your adventures throughout 2017.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      January 9, 2017

      Thank you so much. The knee is going great and my first trip will be amazing!

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