Gabriel Almonacid for being a great mate in Colombia providing me with a bed, a guide in Bogota and the ‘nearby’ old towns and staying with his great family in Armenia. I even heard he and Claudia tried to call me the other night!
Comeback of the Year
Christine Leclerc. After living together for a year many years ago, I can say I have missed that big laugh and smiley face a lot.
Jan Thomas Ødegaard, the slightly eccentric Norwegian gets the nod.
My Christ Its Been a Long Time
Bobbi Coombs met me at the airport in Winnipeg after not seeing each other for about 3500 days (aka 9.5 years) and then had me to stay for a few days. We ate Easter dinner with her family, watched hockey together and I got well and truly plastered with her brother Doug.
Eating the freshly-caught fish in Colombia with Jenni and Kati.
Sushi with Ronnie and Debs in Ontario
Tapas and red wine with Gabrielle in Bilbao.
What the hell happened Last Night drunk night
3. The Sarajevo dancing night.
2. Post presentation with Oli Bigland in Oxford
1. Waking up in the morning in a Ukrainian mental hospital. I still don’t know what happened.
Kotor in Montenegro blew me away. Waking up in our house in Salento in Colombia. The sight of Venice from the train station. Its everything you’ve heard about.
Random Moment Award
Jumping off the NY subway to be with Bora.
The house gig with Em in Bavaria
Cultural Event of the Year
Taking part in the La Merce festival in Barcelona with Ilo. Fireworks, burns and dancing masks.
Big year for games. I saw maybe 10 and 5 or 6 were football derbies, the Yankees and the Knicks play in New York but it has to go to the Belgrade derby. Red Star against Partizan Belgrade.
Films of the Year
Moonrise Kingdom or Cloud Atlas
Favourite album of the year
Moment of Violence Moment
Getting chased and hit with a truncheon by a rabid Bosnian policeman before the Sarajevo derby was pretty exciting.
Bar of the Year
Tijuana bar in Belgrade, the night of the French music with Mirjana and Jan.
Hospital Bar in Kiev with the flaming helmet
Scariest moment of the Year
Seeing Emmi somersault off her bike and land on her head in Bavaria. Luckily she was wearing a helmet and only broke two neck vertebrates.
Big Balls Moment
Heading back in a taxi from the beach with Jenni and Marioka in Santa Cruz, Colombia, we saw a neighbourhood street party. We changed in the hostel and walked there. the police were outside telling us not to go in as it was a cartel party. We looked at each other and walked over. After some drinks and flour thrown over us, we ended drinking the local firewater outside the convenience store with some truckers until the early hours.
Standing up to another huge, sneering policeman before the Sarajevo derby was fairly scary.
Would I do it all again?
Hell yeah. I’d like to thank everyone for helping me along the way 🙂