Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Year Gone by

I did it. I made it through another year. Although it has been by far, my craziest, most random, wonderful, memorable year to date....some things are definitely a fuzzy blur. This may or may not be due to some overindulgence on my part.

Starting from the beginning I thought it would be appropriate to take you through my little journey of 2010 to the start of 2011.

2010 started with new friends in Taipei, Taiwan watching Taipei 101 "explode" and walking hours upon hours trying desperately to find a random hotel party. (Which we eventually found, and partied like rock stars till the morning light).

Shortly after our "Western new years" we were able to celebrate Chinese New Year. With weeks off work, we set off for Boracay, Phillipines. This beautiful white sand beach is a tiny island and is magnificant. If you ever have the chance to it! Parasailing, snorkeling, go carting in the mountains, giant bats, corn in the streets, hookah on the beach, horseback riding, and bartenders on fire - literally...oops! The bartender was a good sport about it all though.

About a month later I turned the big 25 and had a minor quarter life crisis but realized I'm still young and that whining about getting older while still in my 20s is absolutely ridiculous. I've seen things at 25 people will never get to see in their lifetime. So I decided to live in the moment and just enjoy what comes my way. Which often includes cold beers and happiness. (No need for sadness and warm beers right JPD?)
*Note: There are very few pics from this night because I needed to go home early and have a little birthday nap. Whiskey shots are not my friend.

Sometime after my birthday many things happened around April and May. I was accepted to teacher's college, my friends and I competed in a flour fight (yes that's right), Menace and I got into a little scooter accident, Menace turned 25 in toga style, and we put into motion our travel plans. Which meant our last day of work happened on June 30. Those last few months in Taiwan happened fast and furious.

We commenced our month long journey of travelling through Laos, Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Bali, Indonesia. I hope to someday be able to go back to these places because there really is such beauty left undiscovered and so much to do and learn. Menace and I really did not have sufficient time to immerse ourselves in the culture. Some highlights of the entire trip for me would have to be riding elephants, Thai cooking, getting my second tattoo, rafting, monkey forest, and of course the Gili islands. If you want to read more about Menace and Cheddar Bob's trip our old blog is still up at

August was my return to Canada and things happened quickly. I moved into a new place at school and started school again. I like to keep myself on my toes.

Teacher's college is definitely it's own culture and it's a little like high school again. You have classes with the same people everyday (or in my case Monday - Wednesday). It's a weird feeling of balancing both being a student and a teacher. Although I can't wait to be finished with school again, I have no clue what's going to happen when I graduate.

The new year brings new resolutions, a new age (26! eeeeek), new friends, and no doubt some new adventures.


  1. Loved the re-cap Carrie! Wow what a year you did have. I didn't realize you guys got to go to so many places. Lucky girl!!

  2. teaching brings endless opportunities to live all over the world!!!! any place in particular pulling you in a certain direction yet? the future will be full of adventures for you ms. dixon! can't wiat! xoxo

  3. Martha! Leaning towards somewhere in Europe...maybe Germany?!