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30 Times Around the Sun

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So recently (ok a month ago, but who’s counting), I completed my thirtieth rotation around the sun and I thought I should write something to recognise the occasion. However, life got in the way and it’s now a couple of weeks down the line and I’m only just sitting down to write.

It seems like a fairly appropriate time to write up an update on my Epic Quest, so here it is…

Completed Quests


  • Climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France - 05/04/2013 (there is a blog post coming…honest)
  • Visit the Louvre in France - 06/04/2013
  • Visit Notre Dame Cathedral in France - 05/04/2013


  • Do 10 one-arm push ups with each arm (May 2014)
  • Learn how to do a frontflip & a backflip (Backflip 26/04/2013, Frontflip 10/01/2014) (video to follow :smile:)

In Progress Quests


  • Visit all 7 continents
    1. Europe (Well I live here so that doesn’t count)
    2. North America (Canada, Christmas 1990-91)
    3. Africa (The Gambia, Summer 2001)
    4. Asia (The Maldives, Christmas 2005)
  • Visit all the Disney Parks across the world
    1. Hong Kong Disneyland (09/09/2009)
    2. Disneyland Paris (01/04/2013)

Jason Bourne/James Bond

  • Become conversational in a second language (Mandarin)
  • Learn to say basic phrases in 50 languages
    1. Welsh
    2. French
    3. German
    4. Mandarin

Whilst I’m at it, I may as well reflect on some of my other achievements to date.

Other Achievements in my Life

  • Got bitten by the travel bug in Scouts, and made a pretty good start on travelling the world
    • Canada, Spain, Germany, France, Holland, The Gambia, Maldives, Serbia, Hungary, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, Botswana, Switzerland, China, Mongolia, Tibet, Morocco, Iceland, Vietnam
  • Completed my Explorer Belt in The Gambia in 2001
  • Bought a house in 2006
  • Descended the highest Commercial Abseil in the World in South Africa in 2007
  • Completed a degree in Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management in 2007
  • Completed my Queen’s Scout Award on the Brecon Beacons in 2009
  • Completed my professional qualifications to become MRICS in 2009
  • Slept overnight on the Great Wall of China in 2009
  • Got married to an amazing girl in 2010 :smile:
  • I now have a son as of 07/02/2012 :smiley:
  • Completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Leadership in 2013
  • Completed 3 half marathons
    1. Cardiff Half Marathon (16/10/2011 - 2:05:47)
    2. Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon (06/10/2013 - 1:48:10)
    3. Severn Bridge Half Marathon (24/08/2014 - 1:40:01)

So now what? Where do I go from here?

A nice picture from my birthday :-)

A nice picture from my birthday :smiley:

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