Inexplicably in late 2014 I landed an amazing job, working in environmental policy to support sustainable development and poverty reduction in the developing world. Most of my work focuses on south Asia and east Africa, so I get to travel for work, which is basically a dream come true.
Dream job in hand, I'll be staying in London for the next few years, before heading off on my next adventure (current thoughts on this are a dive trip across Indonesia stopping at all the best places from west to east before landing in Papua New Guinea).
While partly focusing on all the amazing places in the world to explore, I'm also staying grounded and trying to enjoy everything London has to offer. This involves going to as many concerts as possible, eating amazing food at restaurants you can only find out about through word of mouth, meeting inspiring people, a good dose of highbrow cultural exploration, a corresponding dose of hedonistic events, afternoons spent curled up with a book in a hidden cafe, hosting dinner parties with friends, drinking in the cellar at Gordon's Wine Bar, and going to random lectures at the Royal Geographical Society.
But of course, it would be much more fun to do those things with you.
Books: I spend way more time/money on books than is possibly healthy...so this list could be way longer. A few favourites:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Catch-22, A Fine Balance, The History of Love, Cloud Atlas, Shantaram, House of Leaves, Midnight's Children, Ishmael, Time Traveller's Wife, Oryx and Crake, Norwegian Wood, the English Patient, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, 2666, The Goldfinch, The Land of Green Plums, If on a winters night a traveler, The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
Films: Before Sunrise, There Will Be Blood, The Pianist, Waking Life, Schindler's List, Eyes Wide Shut, Superbad, Life Aquatic. Basically anything by Wes Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, Richard Linklater or the Cohen Brothers.
Food: I couldn't live without Indian food...but also Thai, Italian, Middle Eastern and Indonesian are favourites. In fact, I think I spend more time focusing on food then on my career. Also, cheese is it's own category of food, right?
Music - small gigs, or sitting on a train watching the world pass by
Sex & intimacy
Second-hand book stores
Mountains and the ocean - a shout out to my home on the West Coast
That's 9. It's more fun to break the rules.
Or if you want to throw it all away and go traveling to India in 2017...
Or if you want to go climbing on the weekends. My newest obsession!