Oh dear. A year to the day since I last posted. I just can’t seem to quit ChasingCarly though.
It hasn’t felt like the biggest of years since October 2017, but when I start to think about it, I’ve done a fair bit. So I’ll just put up a few sentences and a few pics and get you up to speed.
After I finished my deployment in Arua, I traveled to the South West of Uganda to see the mountain gorillas – it was such an incredible experience that was over way too quickly.
The male silverback named Ndahura was so impressive. He charged at us once which was momentarily terrifying! He also smelled pretty terrible.
The gorillas were pretty chilled, though the juveniles were roughhousing, and the babies were just the cutest thing ever!
I then traveled to a little piece of paradise called Tofo in Mozambique to visit a friend and ticked another item off the bucket list by swimming with a whale shark. It took my breath away (figuratively and literally – a 5m shark swims very fast…and that was a juvenile!)
If you're looking for a wonderful place to stay in Tofo, I highly recommend Baia Sonabula
You don't need to know how to dive to swim with whale sharks, we did this snorkelling. (The diving in Tofo was great though!)
I managed to have maybe a month off before I started a new job working on an accountability project which was super interesting. My first stop was Myanmar, a country I’ve heard a lot about. Unfortunately, I didn’t get time off to go to Bagwan, but the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon was very impressive, and the camps in Sittwe not so beautiful.
I came back to my room in Gambella to find this little dude lounging on the front stoop
Inside the purgatory of an immigration office...where we didn't quite have the right paperwork
Boko Haram was here
Followed these guys for a while on the 4 hour drive from Mubi to the airport
April was an exciting month as I went to Cuba!! My friend S and I had such a fantastic time. Old Havana is a very cool place, the tiny streets were just teeming with music, art, architecture, and of course the wonderful old cars. We had a couple of days before and after the tour on our own which was great, and the tour was pretty good. It was really interesting to learn more about Cuba.
Hemingway's house - beautiful, but a bit heavy on the taxidermy
A panorama on the way to Viñales
One of the most beautiful beaches I've seen, Cayo Jutías
I've never eaten so much lobster as I did in Cuba
Trinidad by night
Swimming in the Bay of Pigs
We went to an island (not Cayo Iguana) where there were lots of big iguanas
A highlight was definitely cruising Havana in this 1952 Buick
Old Havana is full of big doors with little doors in them
The old cars are so brilliant
In May I started (another) job, with the same organisation that I’ve worked with for a long time, and what made this new job very special is that it’s only 3 days a week. I don’t ever want to work full time again!! There’s so much you can do with an extra two days off each week, I highly recommend it! Due to financial constraints, the only trip I’ve done in this position was to Oxford, which I’m not complaining about. In between some really productive meetings I got to catch up with lots of old pals and do some touristy things I’d never done before.
Did you know there was a bigger henge than Stone Henge?! It's called Avebury Henge and it's awesome