Because, December

Friday, December 01, 2017

The last month of the year is here. Amazing, time flies so fast now I can't even keep up.

Today's post is kinda random. I realized that in the two years [and some change] that I've been running this blog, I've rarely if ever posted in December. I'm usually super duper busy at work and then on holiday in the month of December; thus, the blog gets neglected. But December deserves better than that. I'm a serious person; many people don't make it to see the end of the year. I did and I'm grateful, so here's an ode to December.

I started this blog as a means to keep my loved ones up-to-date about my life overseas. It has kind of morphed into something else now. I found myself mostly posting whenever I traveled somewhere but this wasn't supposed to be a travel blog. But travel has become such a big part of my life: I travel at least 5 times a year and I'm very glad to be able to do that.

I ended 2016 and started 2017 in Thailand; I will do the same for 2018.
Including Thailand, my travels took me to 10 countries this year.
Later this month, I will visit 2 more new countries!

This year my travels were intricate. I was leaving a place and starting a new journey. I had a goal to visit places I wanted to see in East Asia just in case I don't ever make it back to that side of the planet.

Memories of Korea.
Before I left, I visited a dream destination, Halong Bay in Vietnam.
I also made return trips to Japan and the Philippines.

Well now I'm actually in the center of the earth, and while travel is a bit more expensive where I am, I haven't missed a beat.

Finally got to see UAE beyond a layover

In Oman-my 40th country
This is also my favorite travel photo of the year [so far]

2017 was also a year of reconnecting. The blog is Introvert Abroad for good reason. I am a textbook introvert; I was introverted before it was a cool thing to be. These days I don't really go out of my way to make connections with people. If I can be to myself and in my own company, so be it; I prefer it even. And while I've been living life in my own little world, I didn't pay attention to the fact that people were interested in getting to know me. I didn't make the connection; pun intended. I can't change what was, but I can do better. I've been doing better about this since arriving in Doha- still a work in progress- but better!
Brothas & Sistas of Qatar

Thanksgiving fellowship in Doha

Well, I have made it to the end of another year. Despite its challenges, 2017 was good to me. Here's to great vibes and new strides in 2018!

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