2016 has been a strange old year. It’s been a year of new jobs – two of them! – and finally getting settled into a permanent role. It’s been a year of travel, and discovering new places both near and far. Its been a year of surprise and disappointment, as we have seen racism, bigotry and hatred triumph on more than one occasion. So here’s a whistle-stop tour of my 2016.
January: I started the year unemployed, getting my CV out to as many agencies and companies as I could. Surely SOMEONE needs an excellent training administrator? The year started with a shock, the death of the amazing David Bowie. Little was I to know this was a sad trend that would continue throughout 2016 as familiar and much-loved figures left our lives. I also started to learn Danish in preparation for our upcoming Copenhagen trip, and learned how to say “the man is not wearing clothes” (Manden har ikke toj pa).
On the blog: I was still updating old travel blogs, so you can find Boston, Budapest and Salzburg in January. I also pondered whether I was A Traveller or a Tourist (and concluded I was a bit of both), took a lighthearted look at my Recurring Travel Habits and gave some (hopefully) useful Travel Planning Tips.
February: In February I got off my sickbed and attended two job interviews in a week, despite having no voice and having to do a presentation through the medium of mime. Never found out if I was successful though as I decided to take a six month contract offered to me at Kier Environmental. Yes, back to the world of work after an extended Christmas break!
On the blog: More travel blogs from 2015 were updated and published this month, including Brussels, Milan and Verona
I also published my first Out and About in Brum (Jan) blog, which has become a monthly feature on A Brummie Home and Abroad, highlighting the new, the old, the best and the worst in Birmingham food, drink and events. You can find all of my Out and About in Brum 2016 Blogs here
March: New job time! I get a phone, a laptop, a car…oh, and my very own hi-vis vest! Yes, my job will take me to the glamorous recycling sites of Evercreech, Kings Lynn and Tondu! It was a great month for Mr Fletche too as his wintry photography of Gas Street Basin won the Hyatt Regency’s #inlovewithbirmingham competition…bagging us a free afternoon tea and overnight stay! March was also the beginning of my addiction to the TV Show “Nashville”…
What a year! And I’m scared to mention the sad losses we’ve had in December in case the cruelty of 2016 hasn’t finished yet… There’s been plenty of good stuff amongst the bad though and as always I’m grateful to have fab loved ones around me, plenty of opportunity to eat, drink and be merry, and the chance to see some amazing new places each year.
Most of all, I’m proud to be a Brummie…Home and Abroad
I’m Emmalene, a 40 something with a passion for travel, theatre, food, drink and the occasional accidental hike! I’m a born-and-bred Birmingham native so expect lots of Brum content on here too…