2011: My favorite things

Posted on December 28, 2011


Although this is not a post about global health, it is a post about the things that have helped to keep me sane in 2011 (in no particular order):

Awesome friends: We have had some great times in 2011: Karaoke, emails, dinners, breakfasts, drunken conversations. Friends getting pregnant, married, buying houses, finishing PhDs, break-ups, new relationships etc. Being there through the joy and the sadness.


Swimming: i started Adult swim lessons ~2 years ago because i never learned to swim as a child. In 2011 i learned to swim many 50m laps – non-stop!

Nepal: my PhD requires me to go to Nepal and do some data collection. i love Nepal and everything to do the country: the people, the food, the traffic, the festivals and the culture. Walking through Pashupatinath Temple to get to work everyday is surreal.

Women in red saris queue to worship Lord Shiva at Pashupatinath Temple during the women's Teej Festival. Married women wish for prosperity of husbands and unmarried women wish for good husbands!

Me getting my palm read on the side of the road on my way to work in Kathmandu

Music: The National, Beirut, Kimbra, Kyu, Bon Iver, The Jezabels, Rifle men, Boy and Bear, Laura Marling, Caitlin Park, Kishi Bashi, Florence and the Machine and Emma Louise and Adele.

Mr November: The National, Metros City Perth

Volunteer work: i started volunteering at a refugee health clinic in November. It is one of the things i look forward to each week.

Traditions: All the way from El Salvador to Australia, my favourite Christmas tradition is the process of eating a midnight feast. Filling the gap between about 8pm to 11:59 with shots of tequila and crazy dancing. Eating 12 grapes at midnight on NYE, making a wish with each grape you eat is what i look forward to the most.

Midnight Feast in El Salvador last time i visited in 2009

Happy 2012!

Lots of love,