The passing year 2017 has been quite an adventure for me. Two years ago, when I was leaving Poland on my own at the age of 16 for a year abroad in the USA, I could have not imagined that this would  turn my reality 180 degrees and become a start of the greatest journey of my life. The year 2017 has been the most challanging and most rewarding chapter of my life on the road!

I have spent it travelling between 7 countries 💫  and moving on my own from one place to another. Within 365 days I lived on 4 continents 🌎. I moved from the USA to Jordan and had been going to two very different high schools on the other ends of the world 👬👭  I welcomed the year 2017 on Times Square in New York City, as a student from Pennsylvania. Now, I am looking back at it in my home country of Poland, as a student from Amman.

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My new beautiful home – Jordan

It has also been a year of exteremely challenging work, difficult decisions, and new, exciting projects. In the USA, I joined the United Nations conference in Baltimore. and watched the Presidential election in New York City with the New York Times.

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In Florida, I took part in University of Miami Shark Research Project, where together with an international team of volunteers and scientists, I tagged the threatened species, took their blood and dived with hammerheads.

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Mornigns at Miami Beach

In Turkey, I have joined the amazing Give a Hand team and worked with the Syrian refugee kids, teaching them English and distributing food to the families.

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I have also started a larger journalism and photography project about the refugee life

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Jordan extended to me the opportunity to join Habitat for Humanity, where under the United Nations Jordan, with an amazing team we have built a house for a family in need.

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These past 12 month have not only given me an opportunity to expore the world, to expeirence international education, and live crazy adventures – but most importantly, they have gifted me with the beautiful people I met on my way. I am forever grateful for the support I received from you, guys and for the great work we put forward with our projects. Off all that I have done, I am most proud to have you as my friends. <3

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Below you can find some more photos of mine and our adventures this year!

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Im Colombia, got lost in the jungle, foud a car from my dreams and tried the roasted ants!! With this trip I also officially stepped my foot in South America for the first time, having visited 5 out of the 7 continents.

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I just realized, how much time I spent so much time on the planes this year !!

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During the American Roadtrip on the West Coast, I have hiked up the Grand Canyon, met Emma Watson in LA, wandered the coastline of Big Sur and run  15K in the Death Valley.

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Ran out of gas on route 66!!

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The Yosemite National Park

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Red Rock National Park

San Francisco’s tsunami signs and best ice cream

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One of the most memorable experiences – baloon flight over Pennsylvania

My first ice hockey game – Go Flyers!!!

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In Februaty 2017, skiing with friends in the Olympic Village at the Lake Placid, NY

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In 2017, I made it to both national press and television 🙂

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Christmas time in Poland! 

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Quick stop in the city of love – Paris

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Thank you to all who have made this year so special!

Now, 2018 are you ready? Let’s go!!!

-A

 

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