As a gift to myself after finishing my masters degree a few years ago, I was going to travel to the top of Finland, and try and see the northern lights. It was the coldest I have ever been, and was strange. Here in the ice and snow getting off the plane in Ivalo, before heading either further north. It was an amazing experience, and I would go back and do it again.

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On the band wagon. When you look back over a year, and you see some of the amazing places I’ve been, and continue you go, it just makes me happy. So here is my best nine for 2017, and many more great adventures to come.

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Angry clouds that didn’t really end up doing much. I’ve spent the last couple of weekends visiting the family/friends before I head to Ireland for Xmas. Re-aquatinting myself with walks around Wollongong’s beaches and harbour. It’s a great spot to wander around. It will always feel like home.

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The masters of reclaimed land, the Singaporeans create amazing public spaces, and the Marina Bays project just e exemplifies that. The supertree grove is an amazing sight. Wondering around on a sultry evening, grabbing a beer, some food and laying back and watching the colours.

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Not sure if Sydney Buses still do this. Especially in the light of them being privatised. A few years ago, on the way home from working Xmas Day. This is the bus that arrived. And as much as I can be a Scrooge at Xmas this made my day.

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I’m so clueless. Didn’t realise it was a super moon till afterwards. But I thought this was pretty cool. A big moon through ‘Anzac Bridge’. It was straight off the phone so the quality isn’t that great but I like it anyways.

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I’m not allowed to lift at the moment, so I walk around a lot. Sydney has wonderful hidden pathways and walks along the bays and inlets that make up Sydney Harbour. It’s stunningly beautiful and you get to see scenes like this.

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We can’t control people. We can’t stop things from happening. We do however have more control over our own reactions. Which are generally tempered by our own life experiences and can be unlearned. Life can get easier if you want it to.

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