This morning I woke up and realized: It's only 5 more days here in San Francisco and 25 days until 2015. I looked back at this very year and just get overwhelmed by all the things that constitute my 2014:
- In March we flew to Ukraine to see the Chernobyl power plant and Prypiat ghost town. We ended up in the middle of the Maidan revolution which turned out to be a super interesting time to be in Kiev.
- In April I travelled to Japan, which was a dream of mine since I was little. In three awesome weeks during the cherry blossom season we visited Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.
- In May I worked together with Daniel on gautingwahl.de, a data journalism project for the elections of our hometown's local parliament. We interviewed candidates, blogged, visualized all kind of data sources and created a voting advice application used by thousands.
- In June we organized a two days outdoor cinema event with hundreds of visitors. The weather played along perfectly and the event just had an amazing atmosphere at all.
- In July we hosted our yearly music festival "Kulturspektakel". We are doing this for a couple of years now and every year it's even better than the year before. It's stunning to see this growth and I am so proud of our whole team.
- Also in July I graduated from university and even by now I haven't fully realized it. The time went by fast and it didn't feel like 5 years at all. But what I can say is that it was totally worth my while!
- In August I went on one of my biggest adventures so far and started an internship at Edmodo in San Francisco. I learned so much, not only on the professional side, but on a cultural side, too.
- In October I took one week off to head for a road trip through California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. The nature out there is one of the most stunning places it ever visited.
- In 5 days, I will fly back to good old Europe and spend a couple of days in Dublin before returning to Germany for Christmas. For a first time in a couple of years I won't attend Chaos Communications Congress this year but spend time with my friends and family. It's going to be a blast, after I haven't seen them since August.
As I am writing this I just feel overwhelmed by this list and can't believe that all happened in only one year. But even more, it simply makes me super happy and looking forward. For the first time in my life, I don't have any idea what next year will look like for me. I couldn't name a single item on my 2015 list, but nevertheless I am sure it will be at least as stunning as 2014.