In my 23 years I have come to realise a few things about myself:

I live for a challenge

  1. I can’t resist an adventure
  2. I like to tell stories
  3. Funny things happen to me all the time. Like when I got shat on by a bat.

Last year I decided  to keep my New Year’s resolutions simple. I had three:

  1. See a 3D movie
  2. Do a Zumba class
  3. Try Bikram Yoga.

All of these were completed by February and I gave myself a pat on the back! There’s a lot to be said for attainable goals.

Despite feeling like I was going to die about 3 times during my one Bikram Yoga class, I do feel I was somewhat undershooting the mark in 2011, though.

So for 2012 I have given myself a new challenge. Not content with travelling Europe and finishing my Commerce Degree, my challenge is to try something new every single day and record my adventures here.

In 2012 I will be spending two semesters on a student exchange in Aarhus, Denmark. Between semesters I will be backpacking around Europe for 2-3 months. Moving to a foreign, country where the primary language is totally unknown to me and backpacking around will no doubt be challenging  so I also hope this project will keep me motivated and help me feel connected to the lovely wonderful friends and family that it has been very hard to say goodbye to.

Finally, a special mention to my dearest Scott Ridley to whom I dedicate this project. He always encouraged me to take on challenges and work hard to achieve my goals and he never let me slack off or make excuses. It is because of him that I am having such an amazing adventure this year and while we planned to go travelling together, he would be horrified if I let the fact he is no longer here stop me from going.

I hope you enjoy following my adventures, and please comment and keep in touch!



An update:

The original concept has proved challenging for 2 reasons. The first was expected – sometimes it has been impossible to manage writing a decent post every day, especially during exams, or when travelling and either not having internet access, or having such a short space of time that I don’t want to spend it sitting inside typing away, when I could be exploring. Sadly I don’t get any credit for this so study/assignments take over.

The second was unexpected. I thought it would be hard to find something new for every day of the year, but the real difficulty has been too many exciting new experiences! On a tight travel schedule there can be so much crammed into a day, and in Denmark, well gosh is this country underrated! There are so many different, unexpected things. One friend actually said “It isn’t culture shock, its a total culture freakout!” So a number of my posts have been backdated.

All in all I think I’m doing well on my challenge of a new thing for every day, they just aren’t necessarily reported immediately, nor spread one day for each thing…


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the rules to this challenge?

The rules are simple – it must be something I have never done before. Variations on things I have done are OK, just so long as they are new. It can be anything from the small to the ridiculous to the extreme. From skydiving to trying a new type of coffee.

Can I join in?

Absolutely! I would love to read about how you go if you would like to start a blog too.

Sounds a bit nutty. What are you hoping to achieve here?

This challenge is for none other than myself. I hope to consciously encourage myself to take on challenges, try things out and say yes to opportunities where previously I may have said no. I hope to keep a record of my adventures around Europe this year and I hope to share these adventures with my friends, family and anyone who might be entertained by what I get up to. I also hope to develop my writing skills and perhaps one day use them to earn a living.

I have some cool ideas for you while you are backpacking in Europe…

Please comment, or better,  I have also set up a ‘Suggestion Box‘ where you can submit ideas. Within reason of course. I don’t want to do anything that may harm myself or others.

What is that photo on your home page?

The famous Nybrogaten, in Copenhagen, but made of Lego in the lego store. I thought it was a much more fun variation on the typical tourist-y pictures of Denmark!

How come my rude spiteful comment was deleted?

I consider social media/blogs etc to be the written form of a conversation and therefore the rules are the same. If you come round to my house and are rude to me I’m not just going to sit there and take it. I’m going to ask you to leave. There are plenty of other things to look at on the internet if you don’t want to be here.

Tell me the bat story!

I will post a link soon…

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  1. “How come my rude spiteful comment was deleted?

    I consider social media/blogs etc to be the written form of a conversation and therefore the rules are the same. If you come round to my house and are rude to me I’m not just going to sit there and take it. I’m going to ask you to leave. There are plenty of other things to look at on the internet if you don’t want to be here.”

    Fuck…there go all my disdainful comments.

  2. Hi Harriet,
    Good to see your indomitable nature coming into play and I must say I am impressed with your plans for the next few months and will follow you adventures with interest.
    I was touched by your dedication to Scott and I know Tricia will be as well. I am sure his spirit will be with you on your journey.
    All the best to you and I hope you have as much fun as I think you will. Stay off cruise ships and wear cast iron knickers if you are anywear near Egypt or Italy. It will save you alot of bruising.
    Regards Dave Willetts

    • I thought I replied to this ages ago, sorry about that! Thanks for kind words and the advice. I’m afraid I didn’t listen to the cruise ship part, but it was by mistake!!
      Having lots of fun and of course wishing Scotty was here. Also missing everyone in NZ, including the in-laws!

  3. To my favourite daugheter-in-law I am so proud of you, will check on you every day and I am sure you will make me laugh often. Wishing you all the luck in the world, stay safe have fun, never feel lonely family and friends are always in your heart and I don’t doubt for a moment that Scott will be with you every step of the way. Go get the world!

  4. I can’t believe you’re only 23 and seem to have experienced so much already. Your dedication to Scott moved me… I’m 32 (eek, just the opposite of you — well kind of, hehe) and wish that there were more years in my 20s that I could’ve spent travelling and fulfilling my dreams. I look forward to following your journey. But one question, how come no Moomins in your journey throughout Finland? Finland will hopefully be my next destination (after Iceland in July) and Moomin is the main reason I’m going there! 🙂 Anyway, feel free to check out my travel related posts: http://catastrophicfindings.wordpress.com/category/travel/ We absolutely LOVED NZ! Cheers, Ai x

  5. Just wish I had found you sooner! I’m a fellow Kiwi living in Aarhus and you are just the person I need to talk to! Thinking of heading back to south to go to Otago and then exchange back here and would love your ideas on either of the schools and Dunedin (never been there so very curious what the city is like). Would be very keen to grab a coffee if you aren’t too busy some day soon. 🙂

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