It’s a bit strange, celebrating my second consecutive New Year abroad. Last year I was in Amsterdam, nearly freezing from 4-7am, as I waited for the train station to open. That picture is in stark contrast to my current surroundings.
I do plan to return to California soon (February 11, to be exact), and I have big plans. I won’t bore you with all the details, but here are some of my main goals for 2014.
1. Volunteer, intern, or work with refugees
I’ve finally decided on a career path, one that involves working with urban refugees. So I’ll definitely be looking for related opportunities in the coming months.
2. Visit Mexico
Now that I’ve cultivated a personal travel style (moving slowly, staying with locals), I’m excited to explore locations closer to home. Despite its proximity, I’ve never really been to Mexico (save a few orphanage trips).
3. Become fluent in Spanish
This has been a goal of mine for so long, and the upcoming trips to Mexico will (hopefully) motivate me to finally follow through with it.
4. Cycle to San Diego (from Long Beach area)
Upon returning to California, my plan is to forgo a car for a bicycle. But many people and places I love reside in San Diego, so I need to train myself to make the arduous trip. (I also have the eventual goal of cycling across the States, so this will be good practice.)
5. Apply to graduate school
I meant to do this in 2013, but I found it overwhelming to compile all the necessary documents, thousands of miles from home. I am determined to do it this year, looking for a program stateside or abroad that will further my career and life goals.
2014 promises to be an exciting and productive year. See you all in California in about a month!