2017 was another busy year for me. Here’s what happened in my life in 2017:
Moved to Dublin from Galway
Ran a 5k in under 27 mins
Visited a new country (Iceland)
Hired a car & drove on the wrong side of the road
Flew in a hot air balloon
Cycled around Aran Islands
Visited Glasgow & Edinburgh (holiday)
Went to London (work)
Climbed Croagh Patrick
Designed & built a hobby site using VueJS, NodeJS, Firebase & Lambda
Made croissants from scratch
Made garlic mushrooms from scratch
Drove a hovercraft
Went clay pigeon shooting
Photos are less time consuming to create & publish than words, so I’ll let them do most of the talking…
In January it was off to London for work. Whether it’s work, holidays, connecting flights to or from somewhere, I can’t remember the last calendar year where I *haven’t* ended up in London. In May, it was off to Iceland for play. It’s one of those ‘hot’ destinations everyone seems to have gone to over the past few years. And for good reason. It’s somewhere different. A unique landscape with lots to see and experience.
The best way to explore Iceland is by car. That way you’re not constrained by bus times or herded to places you don’t have any great interest in. You can also spend as long as you like at places you happen to like. Population-wise, it’s a small country and therefore traffic outside of the capital is almost exclusively made up of fellow tourists. There’s one main ring road (‘Route 1’) that runs for 1339km along the entire coast with all major landmarks / attractions signposted so it’s difficult to get lost.
Black sand beaches, glaciers, geysirs, spectacular waterfalls, volcanos. And all along the same route. Once you’re there it’s easy to see why it’s become such a popular destination.
In September, I ended up hiring a car again, this time in Scotland. We stayed in Edinburgh for a couple of nights and then drove to Loch Lomand in the highlands and on to Glasgow.
Weather permitting, Ireland is as good a place as many to go exploring. In January, here’s what Glenveagh National Park in Donegal looked like:
In April, I turned 30 and was taken on a hot air balloon ride over Meath, taking off from Trim Castle. 10/10, would do again.
In April I also walked the “Cuilcagh Legnagbrocky Trail” for the first time. It’s a fairly new trail near the Marble Arch Caves in Fermanagh.
In May, when still living in Galway, we got the ferry out to Inis Mór – the largest of the Aran Islands. We hired bikes and rode around the island. It was another 10/10, would do again (weather permitting of course).
In May, Croagh Patrick was also conquered.
And this was Howth and Malahide Castle in August:
I can now say I’ve made croissants from scratch along with icecream…
And of course there was some afternoon teas and meals out thrown in…
From electric transport to AI to blockchain technology, there’s also no shortage of explosive growth areas within technology and you can’t help but feel we’re going through a technological revolution on a scale we haven’t seen before. That’s the feeling I get at the minute. The feeling that we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface in all of these areas…
Everything is developing at a more rapid pace. We’re adapting at a more rapid pace. As a developer, you either sink or swim… you must adapt or face becoming obsolete, just like the very technology you’re working with. The pace of change can be scary and off-putting for many but I still can’t get enough of this stuff.