Ooph. Well, it’s been a clunky, clamorous year. And we’ve nearly made it to the end, which in itself is always something of a miracle and cause for merry celebration!
2015 was a year that, for me, included its fair share of brilliance, heartache and just dogged, slogging, jogging work too (not to mention a recent fixation with typing the letter G. Eggnog anyone?!)
So, if you enjoy a spot of time travel then head back and look at the previous years.
Otherwise, let’s just get to it!
1 – That giraffe tongues snuffle. And that their hair feels tough and wiry.
2 – That Pride Rock from The Lion King was based on a real place.
3 – And that there are places in Nevada where wild horses run free.
4 – That it’s always good to give a city a second chance.
5 – And even better to do so with friends.
6 – That time twists in and around and on itself, with every year feeling shorter than before. 2015 marked the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina…
7 – And we’re now over 100 years since the start of the First World War.
8 – That the man who sang What A Wonderful World had many reasons to think the opposite.
9 – And that one of the most famous writers about Dublin wasn’t welcome there much in his time.
10 – That Vancouver is achingly beautiful.
11 – And that maple syrup comes in plastic sealed tubs.
12 – That the rules of rodeo reach from Texas all the way to the Canadian Wild West.
13 – And that people genuinely call themselves cowboys.
14 – That we should have a colour scheme that we call Greek blue.
15 – And that the Emerald Isles have well earned their name.
17 – That the KGB was real. I mean, of course, I knew that it was but the sight of history itself reaches further than Hollywood films. Usually.
18 – That eastern Europe Latvia doesn’t rely on cold cabbage for food.
19 – And nor does Greece, as it happens (Athens has its own arty food museum.)
20 – That there’s a new sweet French treat I’d never even heard about…
21 – And that champagne bottles aren’t French.
23 – As can pirates and the secrets of gin.
24 – That there is no end to my love for olives.
25 – Nor for taking photos of the baobab trees of Madagascar.
26 – That there are some advantages to being alone.
28 – That you can cycle through a cloudforest…
31 – And voyage through the Galapagos to find a Blue Footed Booby
32 – That every freedom required a fight
34 – That life may indeed get harder but that its richness never fades.
35 – And that I, after all these years, still get carried away. And to the world, year in, year out, appear that I cannot count.
Here’s to the last days of 2015 everyone. May you have health, happiness and hefty alliteration :-)
What did 2015 teach you?