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2017 summary

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(Last Updated On: 21/06/2019)

The summary of the passing year is always among my favorite posts to write (although I’m sure it’s interesting to me only). This time, however, I feel more apathetic and this post won’t be as long and detailed as my typical year roundups (that you can find here: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012).

2017 was an OK year. It was so much better than 2016 on most of the levels: there were no major dramas around me, my health got better, work was less stressful. However there were also no major successes, things were just fine and kind of boring for most of the time. But after a bad year, such as 2016 was, I think it’s good to have a calmer few months and I don’t want to complain or sound disappointed because I’m not. I’ve just realized that I kind of wasted 2017 – which actually gives me more motivation for 2018!

Travel

Travel-wise it was a good year, again! I’ve spent 121 days travelling, 1/3 of the year, while working full time! Always when I count how much I traveled I’m surprised it’s even possible but apparently it is!

I mostly returned to well known places that I adore but there were also two new countries on my list, those I’ve never thought I would visit! In October I went for a quick holidays to New Zealand and now I know why so many people think it’s the most beautiful place on Earth as the views really were mind-blowing! On my way back I had one day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and that was enough to pick up my interests in South-East Asia. My travels in 2017 looked like this:

Life

From the non-travel related things it was a rather boring year. I think System of a Down’s (aka my all time favorite band) concert in Cracow was the best event but even this wasn’t as good as their concert I was at in Yerevan, Armenia almost 3 years ago.

Work was lots of fun, as always – it is seriously impossible to have a boring day there! That’s one of the things I’m really happy about – I don’t have a problem waking up in the morning and going to work as I have great workmates and I like what I’m doing (this year I felt even more confident that I’m good at it).

2017 was again a year of amazing friends around. Some of the friendships might be gone (and that’s always the hardest thing for me to deal with) but at the same time couple of old friends are back in my life, some new appeared too and my relations with many people got much stronger. But I must admit I’ve been a lousy friend at some point too and kind of neglected few people, I can’t even explain why. Fortunately now I’m back on the track :)

Blog

It was also a good blogging year. Again I co-organized the biggest meeting of Polish travel bloggers in Cieszyn, I also helped some of you with planning your trips around Central Europe and the Balkans. In summer I celebrated 5 years of blogging and I’m still more than grateful for all of you being here with me!

The blog has been quiet in last few weeks and it’s my fault. During my trip to New Zealand I took blogging things easy and just enjoyed the place and its amazing nature. Afterwards it was so difficult for me to return to blogging in the full swing, I guess I really needed a break after all these years. Now I have all the energy back and I’m more than ready to kick 2018 off with some more posts from my recent trips that hopefully will inspire / help you with your travels too!

Plans and hopes for 2018

I started 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine and spend the first day of the year travelling back home (it was a long journey, via Lublin) – if the whole year will be like that then I can expect many travel days. And I do have many plans!

If everything goes well I might end up the year with 8 new countries visited! I already have tickets to Israel, Central America, the Balkans, Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia and even if I’m already done with planning all my days off from work I’m sure I will end up with even more weekend trips!

But most of all I hope 2018 will be a good year! I know I need to work hard on my shape (which is still terrible after my health issues that started some 2 years ago and I so want to look like I did in 2013!) and I need to focus more on friends and other important people around me and give them more of my time – those are my main goals for this year!

2018 will also bring some changes in my life as in February I’m moving to another part of Warsaw! Right now I’m sharing a flat with two more people but soon I will live on my own which is kind of exciting too! I’m just so sad to leave my favorite part of the city – Praga Południe – and move back to the other side of the river. But no matter what things look optimistic and I’m looking forward what 2018 might bring!

I really wish you an exciting new year, full of joy, happiness, smile, amazing people, good food and unforgettable travels! And thank you again for being here with me!

And here are some pictures from my travels in 2017:

Pripyat, Ukraine

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv, Ukraine

Cieszyn, Poland

Cieszyn, Poland

Olomouc, Czech Republic

Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Bratislava, Slovakia

Liberec, Czech Republic

Vienna, Austria

Kiev, Ukraine

Vienna, Austria

Hannover, Germany

Chernobyl, Ukraine

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv, Ukraine

Taormina, Italy

Catania, Italy

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade, Serbia

Prague, Czech Republic

Pristina, Kosovo

Pristina, Kosovo

Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bitola, Macedonia

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bitola, Macedonia

Krusevo, Macedonia

Krusevo, Macedonia

Skopje, Macedonia

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Skopje, Macedonia

Yerevan, Armenia

Wittenberg, Germany

Yerevan, Armenia

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu, Romania

Hooker Valley, New Zealand

Hooker Valley, New Zealand

Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro

Queenstown, New Zealand

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Zabljak, Montenegro

Fronolow, Poland


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36 Comments

  • Reply
    Tati Belenkova
    03/01/2018 at 18:58

    Już 8 krajów!!! My mamy bilety do 5 i już połowa urlopu roztrzaskana

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      03/01/2018 at 21:39

      najlepiej! :D dokąd macie bilety? Ja nawet nie będe liczyła ile nakupowałam (8 to tylko nowych, a jeszcze trochę powrotów mnie czeka), bo sama się w tym gubię :D

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      Tati Belenkova
      03/01/2018 at 21:44

      :D Portugalia, Włochy, Niemcy, Litwa, znowu Portugalia, siedzimy nad biletami do Francji i Hiszpanii :)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      03/01/2018 at 21:45

      kupujcie, nie ma co się zastanawiać :D

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      Tati Belenkova
      03/01/2018 at 21:46

      planów jest więcej niż urlopu :D nie mogę 3 stycznia wykorzystać cały swój urlop :D i to w pierwszej połowie roku

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      03/01/2018 at 21:47

      możesz :D bierz przykład ze mnie, ja koło października już mój miałam wykorzystany ;)

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    Aleksandra Kaliszan
    03/01/2018 at 19:10

    Imponująca liczba dni w podróży :) Też mam w planach Izrael, chyba jest na niego ostatnio “hype” ;) Udanego roku zarówno w drodze, jak i w życiu! :)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      03/01/2018 at 21:37

      dziękuję! i wzajemnie, niech to bedzie udany rok! :) Do Izraela jest ostatnio wysyp tanich lotów (sama się załapałam na takie w przyzwoitej cenie), więc jest dobra okazja, żeby wrócić, bo naprawde mi się tam podobało :)

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      Aleksandra Kaliszan
      03/01/2018 at 22:20

      Też nie mogę się doczekać:)

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    Jeppe John Berrig
    03/01/2018 at 20:14

    Nice pictures!

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      03/01/2018 at 21:36

      thank you!

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    Kinga Madro
    03/01/2018 at 20:15

    pięknie!

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      03/01/2018 at 21:32

      dziękuję :)

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    Nancy Gray
    03/01/2018 at 20:22

    All photos are great – i’m looking forward to a May trip to Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia and I would love to fit in the Caucasus countries this year too. We’ll see! I’d say 121 days of travel is an inspiration!

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      03/01/2018 at 21:32

      Thank you! I’m surprised I traveled this much! You will love the Balkans and May is a great time to visit! Fingers crossed for Caucasus! I love it there!

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    Ali Jennings
    03/01/2018 at 20:41

    Cool pics, and some great countries you visited! Where do you plan on going in Central Asia? That was a thought for me too this year.

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      03/01/2018 at 21:30

      thank you! I’m flying to Almaty, Kazakhstan but this time I really want to visit Uzbekistan too! I’ve already been to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan two years ago and definitely can recommend the area!

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    Rachel Moncrieff
    03/01/2018 at 21:06

    I love to read your blog. I’m not sure how I stumbled across it, but I’m glad I did! Wonderful photography, too.

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      03/01/2018 at 21:20

      thank you, that’s so nice of you! If you ever have any questions feel free to ask, I will gladly help!

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      Rachel Moncrieff
      03/01/2018 at 21:54

      Kami and the rest of the world I’m still thinking how amazing it would have been to see SOAD in Yerevan!

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      03/01/2018 at 21:56

      it was one of the best concerts ever, on so many levels! Randomly meeting Shavo in the cafe was pretty cool too ;) Btw, you can watch the whole Yerevan’s concert on youtube! Try to find the lightning during “Aerials” – spectacular!!!

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      Rachel Moncrieff
      03/01/2018 at 21:58

      Kami and the rest of the world Brilliant! Thanks for the heads-up Lightning, too – perfect!!

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    Ewa Pi
    04/01/2018 at 00:36

    Czarodziejka :-)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      04/01/2018 at 21:36

      <3

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    Pauline McCarthy
    04/01/2018 at 01:58

    Thank you!! You are such a great inspiration to many people!!

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      04/01/2018 at 21:36

      thank you for your kind words, that means so much to me! :)

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    Piotr
    04/01/2018 at 10:02

    Impresive…. only 26 free days during the year? Impossible is nothing :)
    All the best in 2018!

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      kami
      04/01/2018 at 22:19

      Thank you! Yes, I’ve done everything with working full time and having 26 days off per year :) Happy travels and all the best in 2018!

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    Kate
    04/01/2018 at 10:46

    Cheers to a great year! I look forward to following more of your adventures in 2018!
    Kate | http://www.petiteadventures.org/

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      kami
      04/01/2018 at 22:20

      Thank you! Happy and exciting travels in 2018!

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    Irmina Liczbik
    04/01/2018 at 13:59

    Też spędziłam pierwszy dzień roku w podróży- oby rzeczywiście skutkowało to w jeszcze bardziej podróżniczy 2018:)
    Wszystkiego dobrego!

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      kami
      04/01/2018 at 22:20

      Najlepiej! A dokąd była podróż? :) Najlepszego na nowy rok!

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    teenagers cookery
    16/01/2018 at 09:53

    Wow, Wonderful sharing. All snapshots are awesome. I’m looking forward to a trip to Albania and I would love to fit in the Caucasus countries this year too. We’ll see! Your posts are a source of inspiration for me. you are amazing. wish you best of luck for 2018. Thanks a lot for sharing with us. keep sharing.

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      kami
      29/03/2018 at 20:06

      Thank you for all your kind words! Both Albania and Caucasus countries are amazing so I really hope you will manage to visit them this year! All the best for 2018!

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    Shing
    02/02/2018 at 00:28

    Awesome recap, you visited some incredible places. All the best for 2018 Kami! I enjoy seeing the world through your eyes :)

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      kami
      29/03/2018 at 20:06

      Thank you Shing! Let’s hope 2018 will be the year we will finally meet! :)

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