Most of you have probably seen from my incessant Facebook spamming of memories and images (which I put down to a horrible episodic memory rather than shameless self-promotion, trust me), that I've had nothing short of an incredible year when it comes to travel and adventures. From teaching English in the exquisite city of Budapest, to developing a profound appreciation for Belgian beer in Brussels (the consequences of which I suffered the next day), to experiencing endless scenery-gasms in picturesque Slovenia on my long weekend off, and of course, to fulfilling an eleven-year dream of visiting Denmark and Sweden, I consider myself nothing but fortunate to acquaint myself with Europe and meet so many lovely people along the way. I'm by no means describing all of this to gloat, but rather as an introduction to the idea that, in hindsight, it really was the people that made my trip. Whether it was existing friends who offered me a spare place in their apartment, or the wonderful Yujia in from the cafe Antwerp who brought me to tears by making me a birthday cake despite having only known her for a day, my memories of Europe have been formed around people, the driving force of my trip.
With a heart full of gratitude, I'm pleased as ever to be fundraising for this campaign as an act of 'paying it forward'. I truly believe that travel is an invaluable opportunity and by assisting someone who has undergone so much hardship, I couldn't think of a better cadence for 2014. Even if it's just $5, or even just a simple share of my page, please help me in assisting someone less fortunate this Christmas. Tak for hilsen!
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