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200+ Moments from 2021

I started making these lists about 5 years ago, but this is the first time I’ve ever been able to put down over 200 moments. Despite this being one of the greatest (and most challenging) years of my life, I do think a big part of that is that I’ve just changed my perspective over the years of what I am grateful for. Being over 200 doesn’t necessarily mean it’s because I’ve done more, or travelled more – it’s that I’m finding more joy in the smaller moments. At least that’s what I think! 

So here’s over 200 of the best things that happened to me in 2021…

1. Spent my mornings taking in the sun at the beach across the road from my new place

2. Watched Magic Mike Live with my girlfriends for some cocktails & an incredible show!

3. Spent Friendsmas with my besties & our boys at an Airbnb in Shoalhaven

4. Took in the sunset from Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Memorial Lookout

5. Relaxed on Werri Beach in Shoalhaven

6. Drove out to Berry for some of their famous donuts!

7. Visited Kiama Blowhole on the road trip back to Sydney

8. Finally did the Sea Cliff Bridge Lookout walk! Totally work the stop over!

9. Had some incredible Greek food at Kazzi Beach Greek in Manly

10. Housesat in my Mum’s tiny-home and tried the local bakery Berkelo 

11. Spent my friend Dani’s birthday BBQing down at Dee Why with all of the backpackers from the hostel

12. Had an early birthday night out with my besties – cocktails at Manly Wine, and then dinner at Hugos in Manly. A drink at the Steyne to finish,

13. My bf planned the day for my birthday – we started Rollers Bakehouse, then got the ferry into the city. Then to the Tyrannosaurus “Meet The Family” Exhibition at the Australian Museum. Afterwards we wandered around all of the other permanent exhibits to see my favourite animal – Bison! & then the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 exhibition. Then we went to Black Star Bakery for some Instagrammable birthday cakes, and to Young Henry’s Brewery for a tasting paddle. To end the night – dinner at my fave Belly Bao in Newtown and then some rounds of minigolf at Holey Moley (I lost). He also surprised me with a birthday cake

14. For my actual bday day, I went and got brekky at girdlers & mani pedis with my sister

15. My friend Dani surprised me by taping pictures of my favourite animal all over my door

16. Had birthday dinner with my family at Kazzi Beach Greek 

17. Had another (but joint with my brother) birthday dinner at Take A Seat Thai

18. My sisters gf drew me as a Winx Fairy! Brb joining the Winx Club

19. Went to Cafe Freda’s with my oldest friend in Surry Hills

20. Found a new local cafe to visit on my mornings off – De’Assis, Collaroy

21. Spent many nights out for dinner with my friends at Freshie Mex – I was managing their socials

22. Went to Gibbons st Cafe with my friend Teeny

23. My bf surprised me with a rose for Valentine’s Day & we went out for dinner at Pocket Pizza (right after watching the sunset at Manly Beach – perfect timing!)

24. Went for a bushwalk in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park with my friends from work

25. Went to Kazzi Beach Greek for a babyshower / congratulatory work lunch 

26. Spent a long weekend camping at Bream Beach in Jervis Bay

27. Went for brekky at Pilgrims veggie cafe 

28. Explored Tomaree National Park – Cave Beach, Murrays Beach, Green Patch Beach (we saw some Kangaroos!)

29. Watched the sunset at Orion Beach – Plantation Point

30. Went for dinner at the classic Husky Pub

31. Went for brekky at Sloppy Joes – yum!

32. Did the White Sands Walk – Nelsons Beach, Blenheim Beach, Greenfield Beach, Chinamans Beach, Hyams Beach (Chinamans was our favourite!)

33. Wandered around the Monet and Friends exhibition

34. Spent a day out on Sydney harbour – my friend hired a private boat to celebrate our friend Will’s 30th. Afterwards we hired a hotel room to hang out in until we booked a karaoke room. To end the night, pizza at Frankies!

35. Me and my partner flew down to Adelaide to start our holiday!

36. We got brekky at Peter Rabbit and then checked in at the Adelaide Central YHA

37. Explored Adelaide’s Rundle Mall and the new $174,000 pigeon sculpture

38. Next we went to the Art Gallery of SA – a little weird, but interesting!

39. Wandered around Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens – I loved the Dahlia Garden the most

40. Got dinner at Blue Velvet Artisan Pizza & Pastry Lab – some of the best pizza around!

41. Had brekky at Adelaide Central Market – The Big Table

42. At the last minute we booked a rental car and drove down to d’Arenberg’s cube. We explored the art exhibition in the cube’s basement, and then went for a free wine tasting on the top floor

43. Headed to Down the Rabbit Hole Wines – loved it here! We had a wine tasting in the bus and then stayed for a little picnic and a chardonnay cocktail 

44. Flew the drone over Sellick’s Beach

45. Explored Port Willungah’s Beach Caves

46. Made a last minute drive to Hahndorf to check out South Australia’s oldest surviving German Village. For dinner we filled ourselves up with German goodies – a vegan crumbed eggplant parmi and a pretzel for me, and schweinshaxe for the boyfie. 

47. Took to Mount Lofty Summit for sunset – it was like walking into the sky…

48. Spent the morning at Glenelg Beach to grab coffee and wander down the pier 

49. Flew up to Alice Springs! We picked up our rental car and checked in the Alice Springs YHA – we loved it here! The German couple and their baby running the place were so helpful and friendly

50. Made our way up Anzac Hill for sunset

51. Went for dinner at Uncles Tavern

52. Took some pics at the Welcome to Alice Springs Sign

53. Drove down to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, stopping by Mt Connor Lookout

54. Headed to Ewing Lookout for our first Uluru sunset. We were the only people there! And there were views over Kata Tjuta as well. 

55. Set up our very budget Kmart camping situation and cooked up some burgers 

56. Got up very early for the Field of Lights Sunrise – we wandered around through the exhibit and then watched the sunrise over Uluru and the Field of Lights while enjoying some coffee and biscuits 

57. Went for a hot cup of coffee at Kulata Academy Cafe – a training cafe for Indigenous Australians who want to work in the hospitality industry 

58. Took some pictures by the entrance to Uluru

59. The Uluru Base walk!!! It was monumental 

60. Drove around Uluru 

61. Headed to Uluru Car Sunset Viewing – the best spot!!

62. Did the Walpa Gorge Walk at Kata Tjuta

63. Did the Uluru Kuniya Walk – we could have done this with the Base walk honestly

64. Went out to Kata Tjuta Sunset Viewing – beautiful 

65. Went to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku (sunrise viewing area) for our last sunrise over Uluru

66. Did Kata Tjuta’s Valley of The Winds Walk – it was my favourite hike of the trip!

67. Did the Kings Canyon Rim Walk! It was shorter than expected but still beautiful 

68. I spotted a wild Thorny Devil on the highway! We pulled over and helped take it off of the road with two other couples that stopped too

69. Stopped by Erldunda Roadhouse Emu farm

70. Grabbed a coffee at Rabbit Howse Cafe

71. Explored the West MacDonnell Ranges – starting with Simpsons Gap

72. Next stop, Standley Chasm, so so beautiful

73. Flew the drone at the Ochre Pits – a very underrated spot

74. Wandered around Ormiston Gorge – our favourite spot of the ranges!

75. Took a dip at Ellery Creek Big Hole

76. Grabbed an oat capp at Wicked Kneads – yum!

77. Took in the views at Anzac hill for one last time before leaving the Red Centre

78. Flew to Darwin!

79. Checked out Dukes Cafe + Eatery (recommended by a friend), and it was delicious, we went 3 times over our entire trip haha

80. Wandered around Darwin Waterfront and Lagoon

81. Went for dinner over the waterfront – Hot Tamale’s – it was very hot!

82. Sat by the beach and enjoyed some avo toast at De La Plage Cafe

83. Headed to Litchfield National Park – first stop the Magnetic Termite Mounds

84. Went by Buleys Rockhole

85. Went swimming under Florence Falls – it started to rain but it was so peaceful 

86. Went to Wangi Falls. It was closed for crocs and lucky it was, because we saw one!

87. Went to Tolmer Falls 

88. Drove down to Katherine and joined our NitNit Dreaming 2 Gorge Boat Tour, we explored the first two gorges 

89. Headed up to Baruwei Lookout for sunset 

90. Drove down to Katherine Thermal Springs for a relaxing swim

91. Went swimming at Bitter Springs

92. Checked out Elsey Cemetery

93. Went by ferry to Southern Rockhole, a spectacular spot! Then swam under the waterfall

94. Stopped by Edith Falls (Leliyn) on the way up to Kakadu

95. Upon entering Kakadu Highway we spotted 3 donkeys and a buffalo ran across the road

96. Joined a sunrise Yellow Water River Cruise, we saw 7 crocs, our guides record! And then enjoyed an included buffet breakfast 

97. Hiked up to Mirray Lookout

98. Headed to Nourlangie Lookout (we missed it for sunset yesterday!)

99. Jumped on a sunset Yellow Water River Cruise – we saw an entire heard of buffalo come out of the bushland and into the wetlands under sunset for the first time of the season

100. Treated ourselves to a hotel room for our last stay in Darwin – we are DONE with camping haha!

101. Jumped onto Cape Adieu’s Sunset Cruise

102. Went for brekky at Rays Cafe & Patisserie

103. Took the drone up at Manton Dam

104. Went for a fancy dinner for our last night on holiday and our 6-months, we got a REAL traditional and authentic Greek dinner at Meraki, it was delicious

105. Went for brekky at Laneway Cafe

106. Explored MAGNT Darwin and learnt a bit about the area

107. Wandered around Darwin’s Botanical Gardens

108. Went to Banff Mountain Film Festival – so glad to see it again this year after last years went online

109. Saw Jurassic Park in Concert with the Met Orchestra! Amazing!

110. Watched my boyf, brother and friends play soccer for Harbord on the weekends

111. Went out for a spicy dinner at Spice I Am in Surry Hills for Mothers Day

112. Explored the Gin Breweries of Brookvale – Manly Spirits – with my besties

113. Met up with a group of Instagram Influencers at Opera Bar

114. Went secret bar hopping in Sydney with @thewanderlusttimes_

115. Watched the blood moon/strawberry moon over Collaroy Beach

116. Went to Wattamolla Beach for sunset in Royal National Park

117. Went on one last trip to the Blue Mountains with my bf – we went waterfall chasing to Minnehaha Falls and Empress Falls. Then to the Honeymoon Bridge walk at the 3 Sisters

118. Spent the day reconnecting with family at my cousin’s Bar Mitzvah 

119. Farewell lunch at Harbord Diggers with my family from Collaroy Beachouse Hostel

120. Moved to Queenstown, New Zealand!

121. Started working at my new job – YHA Queenstown Lakefront and Central

122. Started apartment hunting in Queenstown

123. Did the Queenstown Hill hike 

124. Got an annual locals pass to Queenstown Gondola – making regular visits

125. Tried out all of the local cafes; Vudu Caf, Bespoke Kitchen, Yonder, The Exchange Cafe, Provisions of Arrowtown, Halo Forbidden Bite, Boatshed Cafe in Frankton, Pog Mahones, Buzz Stop Honey Centre & Cafe, Odelay Cafe, Post Masters, Queenstown Signs cafe

126. Explored Arrowtown and the Historic Chinese Settlement

127. Went out to a Paint & Pint night with my new workmates at Searchlight Brewery 

128. Perky’s floating boat bar with my first friend in Queenstown

129. Reconnected with an old friend at Beech Tree Bar

130. Explored the Sunshine Bay Track

131. Jumped onto a Milford Sound tour – we drove out in a glass-top coach through the stunning mountain ranges and Doubtful Sound. Stopped by Mirror Lake and Te Anu before jumping onto a cruise at Milford. We cruised around the fjord and stood under the waterfalls before spotting some Sea Lions

132. Moved in with some friends in the centre of town

133. Went to a potluck dinner with all of my flatmates and their friends 

134. Took the very scenic drive out to Skippers canyon in an oka 4wd before jumping onto a jetboat and zooming around the canyon

135. Jumped on a Lord of the Rings day tour around Arrowtown, Queenstown and Glenorchy – to Isengard!

136. Had another potluck dinner with all my flatmates and got a live drums set

137. Went to the Stratosphere festival up at the Gondola – it was space themed!

138. Did the One Mile Creek Hike a couple times to watch the waterfall

139. Spent lockdown sunning out on the deck, having family dinners and playing charades with my flatmates

140. Queenstown Hill hike with Dani

141. Took the decks out onto the balcony and had a party with the rest of my lockdown bubble

142. Ben Lomond hike for sunrise with my flatmates. Started with glowworms, and then ended with sitting under a blanket while we watched the sun rise over Queenstown

Taken by my very talented flatmate. IG: @bez_ceregieli

143. Saw Black Widow & Shang Chi at the Readings Cinemas (my happy place)

144. Joined Queenstown Gym

145. Went to a party at Adventure Hostel – one of my best nights in Queenstown!

146. Jumped onboard the Spirit of Queenstown cruise for wine & cheese

147. Felt my first earthquake! Just a small one but my bed was rocking!

148. Went indoor skydiving at iFly

149. Finally hit the slopes! Head up to the Remarkables for the day for some skiing and a little bit of snow tramping for views over Queenstown

150. Got my second vaccination!

151. Went out for beers and scrabble at Beech Tree

152. Had a party at the flat for Rio’s birthday

153. Went to a black light house party

154. Got myself a Jucy Campervan and took a trip away to Glenorchy

155. Did the Mount Critchon Loop Track

156. Stopped by Bennetts Bluff Lookout

157. Got a picture of the famous red boatshed

158. Wandered around Glenorchy Waterfront

159. Drove over the Dart River and had another look at Isenguard

160. Took the dirt road down to Kinloch for sunset – stayed there overnight

161. Jumped in the hot tub in the morning and for sunset

162. Glenorchy Lagoon Walkway

163. Grabbed brekky at Mrs Woolly’s General Store for a famous Fairlie pie

164. Got a coffee from the Trading Post Cafe

165. Grabbed brekky from GYC

166. Did the Bob’s Cove walk and jumped into the water from the jetty

167. Did the Lake Hayes Circuit Walk

168. Had a delicious Italian dinner with a friend at Bella Cucina 

169. Had a BBQ with friends overlooking the mountains 

170. Went out to Ballarat for a private event 

171. Took a day trip out to Doubtful Sound – spend the day cruising across Lake Manapouri and through Doubtful Sound to spot waterfalls, seals, and fiordland penguins

172. Went for a farewell dinner with my flatmates – Tanoshi Iko of course

173. Went out for some farewell drinks with my workmates 

174. Caught the famous TSS Earnslaw Steamboat over to Walters Peak for a farm tour and afternoon tea

175. Started my South Island Roadtrip with my friends Taylor & Sean (heading towards Christchurch where my flight departs from) – first stop Wanaka!

176. Grabbed some beers at Lake Bar Wanaka

177. Spend the morning strolling around Wanaka waterfront towards the Wanaka Tree

178. Stopped by the famous Mt Cook Lookout over Lake Pukaki (our friend Dani was able to join us for our roadtrip here!)

179. The hardest hike OF MY LIFE – we climbed up to Mueller Hut off-season. The trail was covered in snow and we listening to avalanches as we climbed 

180. Spent the afternoon sunbathing up at the hut surrounded by snow

181. Spent the night in Mueller Hut

182. Slid back down the mountain and drove out to Lake Tekapo

183. Wandered around Lake Tekapo 

184. Flew to Manchester! (via Singapore) – the flights were basically empty so I had the entire row to myself, perfect for sleeping. And then it snowed!

185. Reunited with my Aunt Ger – last time we saw each other was in 2017

186. Went out for a Full English brekky with my Aunt

187. Went out for my first Sunday Roast with my cousins and Aunt/Uncle

188. Wandered around Manchester City 

189. Started meeting up with all of my cousins/family to watch the Man United games

190. Flew out to Cologne to reunite with my bf after about 6 months!

191. Wandered around Cologne Cathedral

192. Our first date in 6 months – Italian 

193. Drove out to Hagen to meet Luis’ family and best friends

194. Went to watch Luis’ friends basketball game

195. Went to Holzofenbäckerei Bommern GmbH bakery to try Donauwelle cakes

196. Went to the Schalke vs Darmstadt game at Veltins Stadium

197. Started walking the dog Zappa around the Fleyer Forest

198. Went to Dortmund for the day 

199. Watched the Saint Martins Celebrations in Hagen

200. Went to Kaiser-Wilhelm-Denkmal & Ruine Hohensyburg (castle ruins) before walking along the lake for sunset

201. Took a day trip to Dusseldorf – went to the very popular Cafe Buur and then wandered around the Christmas Markets 

202. Explored the town of Herdecke 

203. Went out to dinner at Kaiser Garten with Luis’ family

204. Wandered around Hagen Christmas Markets

205. Dortmund Christmas Markets – the largest Christmas tree in Germany (and this year, probably Europe!)

206. Wandered around Manchester Christmas Markets 

207. Tried some local cafes in Manchester; Home Sweet Home (Northern Quarter), Another Heart to Feed (West Didsbury), Seven54, Art of Tea (Didsbury Village)

208. Went to the Man United vs Crystal Palace match (home game)

209. Got the train down to London and reunited with my Uncle – last time we saw each other was around 2018

210. Tried out some local cafes in London; Brother Marcus, Lumi Cafe, Buns from Home, Farm Girl Cafe, Popham’s Bakery

211. Explored the Christmas Lights in London

212. Visited Regent Sounds – where the Rolling Stones recorded their first album

213. Spotted Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Chair at the National Gallery

214. Went on a Jack the Ripper Walking tour around London

215. Wandered around Camden Markets

216. Explored the British Museum

217. Went on a Harry Potter Wizarding tour around London – spotting the inspiration for Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley

218. Went pub hopping around Angel/Islington with my Uncle 

219. Wandered around the colourful streets of Notting Hill

220. Went to the Amy Winehouse exhibition at the Design Museum

221. Went on a Notting Hill walking tour 

222. Explored the Natural History Museum with my Uncle

223. Went to the Michelangelo Sistine Chapel Exhibition at the Cannon Factory

224. Walked around London for 3-4hours, down to Tower Bridge and along the Thames

225. Went to see the Prince of Egypt Musical in the West End

226. Spider-Man No Way Home for opening night!

227. Flew to Germany in time for Christmas! (Due to the Omicron variant, Germany decided to close their borders to the UK which meant I had 24hours notice to get to Germany. This was just 2 days before I was already due to depart but I managed to get a flight to Berlin via Vienna the following day)

228. Explored Berlin – Brandenburg Gate, The Memorial to the Jews killed in Europe, Berlin Cathedral and Alexanderplatz Christmas Markets

229. Got the train over to Hagen to reunite with Luis again

230. Spent the day exploring Cologne – Old Town, Christmas Shopping, Cologne Cathedral and the Christmas Markets – at Köln Dome and the Heinzel’s Winter Fairytale (Wintermarchen)

231. Went out for Italian for an early Christmas dinner with family friends 

232. Went to Dortmund for some Christmas shopping & lunch at the Christmas Markets

233. Celebrated Christmas on the 24th with Luis’ family after a delicious German dinner

234. For the 25th we went to Luis’ Oma’s house for Christmas lunch with Luis’ fathers side of the family – then for dinner we went to his other Oma’s house to celebrate with his mothers side of the family. 

235. Two last trips to the Christmas Markets in Hagen & Dortmund to ride the ferris wheel

236. Spent NYE at home in Hagen and then let off some fireworks!

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