Roo Around The World’s Travel Year: A Review Of 2013

Happy New Year guys! I hope you all had a great 2013 and excellent celebrations to bring in 2014?!

So we’re about 2 weeks into the new year, but before I chat about what I’ve been up to so far in 2014, lets go back a bit. And 2013 sure was a busy one for this little backpacker. The year started with celebrations in Norfolk with the family, then it was straight off to Les Arcs in France for a spectacular 3 months living and working in the snowy mountains. 2 fun months in London followed, before I jetted across the Atlantic Ocean to New York City and then Lakeville, Connecticut, to spend the next 4 summer months working at Camp Sloane, my home away from home. Once camp was over, the west coast was calling and after a few awesome days in Los Angeles, the time had finally come to officially move Down Under. Yes that’s right, Australia was my next destination, and I spent the next 3 months living it up in Sydney, one of my favourite cities in the world! When December rolled around (much faster than I thought it would), the excitement started to build and soon enough I was off on a long anticipated holiday to Mauritius to spend the Christmas period with my family whom I hadn’t seen for over 7 months! Oh what a busy and glorious year it has been.

Instead of writing everything out all over again (you can find all my adventures from the Home page), I thought I’d just do a little round up and review of 2013 in photos – one photo to represent every month. Here goes…

January got the year off to a great start when I moved to the ski resort of Les Arcs in the French Alps. I spent the month doing a bit of work here and there, but mostly my days were filled with learning how to snowboard again (I hadn’t done it for about 5 years).

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My first day on the mountains!

February was more of the same, but with my snowboarding skills improving, I upped my game a bit and went out on longer, harder runs, as well as enjoying the Aprés Ski lifestyle with vigour.

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Enjoying the Aprés Ski life

March saw some excellent bluebird and powder days on the mountains, as well as a trip to Tignes for the X-Games. I had to make a quick trip back to London to get a new passport, but then it was straight back to the snow and learning how to jump was on the agenda.

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Learning how to jump

April brought me a visit from my family, who came out for a week of skiing over my little sister’s 17th birthday. And then as suddenly as it began, my winter season was over and it was time to say goodbye to the snowy mountains and hello to Spring-time in London.

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Back in London with my Penny board

May was a pretty busy month. I visited some friends from uni (some of whom I hadn’t seen for over a year), had 2 sisters’ birthdays, hung out with friends in London, spent some time in Norfolk with my family, went to Amsterdam for 24 hours, road tripped to Cornwall, and finally boarded a plane to America!

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Cornwall in the sunshine

June meant a return to Camp Sloane where I was going to spend the rest of summer. The first week was full of hard work setting up during Spring camp, my 25th birthday happened,  then it was time for staff training before the kids arrived on the 23rd!

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Birthday face

July included the usual camp life of 6 days working and one day of freedom per week, full of fun and laughter and all the drama that comes with working at summer camp.

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Me and my favs

August was mostly a duplicate of July, working hard for the last 3 weeks of summer camp, before almost everyone left and just a few of us remained to work Fall camp.

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It’s a Fall Camp Holiday

September was a month of new beginnings. Fall camp ended, I spent a few days in NYC, followed by 4 days living the beach life in Santa monica, LA, before boarding a plane to Sydney for the next big adventure.

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Passports at the ready!

October presented all new things. A new job, new friends and a new place to live were on the cards as we settled into our new city home. It was also the month I finally took the plunge and started self hosting this blog and moving it forward in a number of ways.

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Awesome kids at Camp Blue

November brought a lot of rain to Sydney as we enjoyed exploring more of the city, alongside a lot of job hunting and fun nights out.

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Awesome night out in Sydney

December came around all too fast, beginning with an awesome trip to a friend’s farm, and ending with an equally awesome family holiday in Mauritius, with lots of fun (and plenty of hangovers) in between.

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With the fam in Mauritius

Here’s to many more adventures in 2014!