I noticed a number of bloggers posting using the A to Z meme lately and I thought I would use a variation of it to review the year that was 2011.
A: Airport which gave me the most hassle
When I landed in Tallinn, my bags were checked and they happened to find two bags of white powder.
B: Best city I visited
Without a doubt, it was Riga. I loved Riga so much that I rented a room and stayed there for 2 months.
C: Coffee which made me go WOW
Costa Rican coffee is by far the best coffee I’ve ever had.
D: Disappointing city
This is a tie between Paris and Istanbul but for completely different reasons.
E: most Embarrassing experience
When the airline lost my luggage on route to South America, I was left with no change of clothes for a few days. This left me with no option but to borrow women’s panties.
I managed to make it to a few music festivals this year. I liked Yaga Gathering the most fun but Positivus was great too.
G: most Grateful moment
Hanging out with my old flatmates from London.
H: Hitch-hiking experiences
I managed to do quite a bit of hitch-hiking this year, from Tallin to Warsaw via Riga.
I: Idiotic idea ever
On one of my ship contracts early this year, I attempted to be anti-social. It was a dismal failure.
J: Journey I enjoyed the most
Taking British airways from Seattle to London was a real treat.
K: Kookiest thing I did
Gate-crashing a hen party in London!
L: Luck would have it
That I stayed with with Alex from Hejorama for two weeks this summer in Paris.
M: Minimalism goals
I managed to get everything I own to under 100 pounds. And I traveled the entire summer with just a 22 pound carry-on bag.
N: Nicest surprise
Finding out that Kent and Caanan from No Vacation Required were
coming on a Transatlantic cruise.
Pomegranate juice. Because it’s awesome.
P: Possibly the most fun I’ve had with clothes on
I played with stingrays in St John. It’s kind of like playing with puppies, except that they can kill you.
Q: Quirkiest experience
It would have to be my brush with fame on Estonian reality TV. Second would be meeting a Latvian celebrity.
R: biggest Regret
Neglecting my health this year. I attempted to fix this by joining my ship’s Biggest Loser competition.
S: Serendipitous encounter
I accidentally came across the St Croix Crucian Christmas Festival. I can still taste the peanut punch. mm.
T: Tourist attraction which made me go WOW
Pompeii blew my mind. It was surprisingly awesome.
U: Unproductive experience
Although I loved living in Riga over the summer, I was terribly unproductive.
V: Very random experience
Watching the Go Blonde Parade in Riga after a day of Free Hugging.
W: Worst experience
Being robbed in Peru. It could have been much worse, so I consider myself lucky but I still get mad at myself for being in that situation.
X: most Xenophobic people
I was in Baltimore for the weekend, I was mistaken by some kids for a member of the Taliban.
Y: Years spent traveling
It’s been 7.5 years of work and travel now!
Z: Zealous moment
Finding out that there was a Couchsurfing conference scheduled for the day I was visiting Istanbul.
Bring on 2012. Happy New Year!