And another year has gone past us. This was the year when I moved back to the Gulf again. I say again since more than half my life has been spent in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The last 365 days have been quite interesting meeting people from various countries and learning about various cultures.
From a blogging perspective, I continued taking part in various short fiction prompts and challenges like 5 sentence fiction, 100 word fiction, 42 word fiction, 6 word fiction and so on and so forth. These challenges have always been helpful in keeping the creative juices flowing.
Additionally, I also continued exploring blogs of bloggers from various walks of life. This was an activity I began quite religiously sometime in 2014 and I must say it has been very helpful to learn different facets of writing and also network with like-minded individuals. It opens ones eyes to a completely different set of possibilities.
While I didn’t win too many blogging contests so to speak, one of my short stories written half a decade ago got selected to feature in an e-book which should hopefully be out in 2016. Now that was quite a surprise.
And finally, one of the biggest highlights of this year was my trip to Russia. While I am quite a passionate traveler having visited more than 20 countries around the world, I never really had Russia in my travel bucket list (which in itself is quite huge). While it does show that my knowledge of the world around is quite limited, the fact is that no one in my family or friends has ever visited Russia previously.
But all said and done, Moscow is quite a beautiful city of churches and squares. While tourists may face challenges particularly with regards to the language, the best option is to book for an English guide. Below are few posts which I have written till date. But there’s still a lot more left to write and express.
In 2016, one of my main goals is to reach my pre-2015 reading levels. That’s something I didn’t do much of last year. And more importantly, I hope to travel to some new places as well starting from my visit to Dubai (after a gap of more than a decade) at the end of Jan.
Traveling has also played a part in helping me cultivate the hobby for photography. While still a novice, I am loving every bit of exploring a city by those walking tours and taking in the sights and sounds.
I’m sharing my #TalesOf2015 with BlogAdda.
Linking to the Blogchatter prompt – ‘Ushering in the New Year’ &
Indispire Edition 98 – What are the 5 lessons 2015 has taught you?