Monday, 18 January 2016

2015 in review

2015 in Review

My look at 2014 post went down well last year, so before we get too far into 2016, I thought I would do the same and record my highlights of 2015.

January was mostly uneventful, but I did have my first meeting of the WGO book club, which has been successfully running for one-year. We've read 12 books together, and the group is still going strong, which is something I am proud of.

February marked my first year of living in Muscat and my one-year wedding anniversary. We stayed at Shangri-La to mark the occasion. I also had my sister visiting for most of February, and we visited Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid. Ed Sheeran also came to town, followed by Trevor Noah in March.

In April, my aunt, mum, and cousin came to visit. We took more trips to the desert and also a dolphin trip. I mostly enjoyed arriving home to find dinners of all the foods I'd been missing.

In May, the summer slowdown began. We did sneak in a trip to Dubai, which involved what all trips to Dubai involved: eating and shopping. May also marked six months at my job and finally getting my annual leave allowance.
scuba diving

June was the start of my scuba diving course. It took place over two weekends, and I consider getting certified and all the diving trips that followed my highlight of the year.

July was Ramadan.

In the last week of July and for most of August I was in London. I hadn't been home since October the year before. I spent lots of time with family and friends and did a lot of eating and walking around.

We spent five days in Singapore at the end of September. This was our summer holiday for the year, and I do have a post on that coming up. We continued our holiday into October staying for 12 nights in Bali. Starting off in the more rural Ubud, and ending up in Seminyak. We went scuba diving, hiking, bike riding, horse riding, rode ATVs, had lots of massages, and lounged by the pool.

November and December were all about making the most of the good weather here. We had our first try of camping and also did lots of scuba diving. We also snuck in a trip to the Maldives to make the most of the national day holidays - I wrote about that recently, here.

I do feel very privileged that we had the opportunity to do and see so many fantastic things last year. I know that the lifestyle we have is a direct result of living and working in Oman. That said, I do hope 2016 will be the year we move on. As much as I have adjusted to the lifestyle, I also feel ready for a step-up career-wise, and I would like to start placing roots somewhere without the worry that we will suddenly have to leave.

As with everything...we'll see.