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

26 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

  • 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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