Seven new countries I visited in 2016

At the beginning of 2016, I set myself the goal of visiting five new countries, which I did! It’s been a hell of a year, but I am so grateful to be able to have travelled to so many places last year.

Okay, technically I DID actually visit eight countries, but because Jordan was my second home, I didn’t count that as a new place. In the future, I hope to do a #ThrowbackTravel series, as I didn’t get to blog anything from my travels this year and I would like to write about the most memorable moments from each trip.

Ireland

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I went to Dublin on a Lacrosse tour, which was a lot of fun. There was a fair amount of walking and pub-crawling involved. I loved the city, it was beautiful.

Jordan

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I’ve visited Jordan a few times last year, because my family lived there until September 2016.  It was so, so sad to be leaving as I grew to love the country a lot and the friendly people there. I long for the days of being back in beautiful Amman.

Germany

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It was my fourth (or fifth?) time in Germany and once more, I went to visit my cousin Nilufar. I also saw another cousin called Camilla, that I haven’t seen for almost twelve years! We chilled in Berlin for a couple of days, as well as going to Hamburg for a day.

Hungary

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It was my second time in Budapest and this time round, I definetely appreciated it more. It is such a beautiful city, it’s cheap and there is so much to do! I really enjoyed riding around in a five-man bike in the little island park on the Danube.

Denmark

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Straight after Budapest, I went to Copenhagen. My friends and I stayed in the nicest Ai b’n’b and visited all the sights. I loved how chilled Copenhagen was, the people were very sweet and the best part about it was that I knew a lot about the art during and after The Danish Golden Age. I definetely plan on going back again.

Ukraine

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This was a spontaneous trip with my mum. She had a conference in Kiev, so I decided to join her. I was only there for two nights, but we saw all the main churches and monuments. I was astonished by the beauty of the city, it’s truly a wonderful place.

Italy

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The term abroad in Italy was one of the best trips of my life, if you know me, it’s all I’ve spoken about. This picture is of the Vatican City. For more about my term abroad, click here.

Kazakhstan

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I’m currently typing from Almaty, in Kazakhstan, because that’s where my family have moved. I haven’t seen much of the city so far as it is so snowy. I’ve been to a few restaurants and a shopping centre and was absolutely shocked at how much effort everyone makes with their appearance here! I felt so out of place when I went shopping with my parents. The weirdest thing about it, is how close to home it is.

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