Last year, I posted “2016 in Photos” to share my adventures with photos. This year, I want to do the same. It’s been very different this year - both good and not so good!
Take a look at the photos, or check out the stats in the footer!
Stockholm, SE 🇸🇪
- Jan: Drottninggatan, Stockholm.
- May: 2017 Europa League Final, Friends Arena, Stockholm.
- May: Rålambshovsparken in Fridhemsplan, Stockholm.
- May: Exploring Stockholm's touristy old town, Gamla Stan.
- Jun: A view of the Stockholm archipelago.
- Jul: The famous Monteliusvägen, Stockholm.
- Jul: Spotify Urban Garden Party in Nacka, Stockholm.
- Aug: Stockholm football derby: Djurgården and AIK.
- Sep: Skansen Village, Stockholm.
- Sep: Swedish Royal Palace, Stockholm.
- Sep: Vasa Museum, showing a famous 17th century Viking ship restored in 1959.
- Nov: Spotify's new office on Regneringsgatan, Stockholm.
- Dec: Spotify Christmas Party in Hammarby, Stockholm.
New York, USA 🇺🇸
- Feb: Manhattan Bridge, New York, NY.
- Feb: Supporting HackNYU - hosted at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering.
Washington DC, USA 🇺🇸
- Feb: The famous Chicken & Waffles at Founding Farmers on Pennsylvania Ave.
- Feb: The White House.
- Feb: Me showing my sadness at the Capitol Building.
- Feb: Trying Britain's cheekiest chicken in America!
Barcelona, ES 🇪🇸
- Mar: Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona, Spain.
- Mar: Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona, Spain.
- Mar: Traditional Lobster Paella @ Pez Vela on Passeig del Mare Nostrum.
- Mar: My famous selfie during HackUPC, hosted at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
London, GB 🇬🇧
- Mar: Canada Square, Canary Wharf, Tower Hamlets, London.
- Mar: Tower of London, London.
- Apr: Hosting a Rails workshop at MLH Prime - hosted at Bloomberg European HQ, London.
- Apr: Celebrating MLH Prime (my last event with MLH!) at Nando's Liverpool Street.
- Dec: Spotify's London office in Oxford Circus, London.
- Dec: Attending this year's DevRelCon.
- Dec: Catching up with a good old friend, Syeef!
- Dec: The mysterious adventures inside Bank Station in London.
Bogotá, CO 🇨🇴
- Mar: The famous La Candelaria district in Bogotá, DC, Colombia.
- Mar: The Colombian congress building in Bogotá, DC, Colombia.
- Mar: Plaza de Bolívar, Bogotá, DC, Colombia.
- Mar: A fun shot of a viewpoint overlooking Bogotá from Monserrate.
- Mar: Visiting the local markets.
- Mar: Exploring a local salt mine just outside of Bogotá.
- Mar: The Colombian border control at El Dorado International Airport.
Villa de Leyva, CO 🇨🇴
- Mar: Visiting an old Spanish colonial house in Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia.
- Mar: The main square of Villa de Leyva.
- Mar: A side street on Villa de Leyva.
- Mar: A dog I took a photo of.
- Mar: Another dog photo.
Armenia & Salento, CO 🇨🇴
- Mar: Learning the traditional Colombian dance in Armenia, Quindío, Colombia.
- Mar: I learned Nando's expanded to Colombia's coffee region.
- Mar: A colonial Spanish house in Armenia.
- Mar: Turns out Universal Studios have a shoe store in Colombia.
- Mar: The gorgeous Cocora Valley mountains besides Salento.
- Mar: Another shot of Cocora Valley from mid-point.
- Mar: I'm hugging a palm tree in Cocora Valley!
- Mar: The Colombian mountains outside of Salento.
- Mar: The main street in the small coffee town of Salento.
- Mar: Passing through one of three Colombia's biggest former murder capitals, Periera.
Medellín, CO 🇨🇴
- Mar: The work of Colombia's most famous painter, Fernando Botero, in Downtown Medellín.
- Mar: The view of the mega-city of Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia.
- Mar: The view of Pablo Escobar's home district, Sabaneta, in Medellín.
- Mar: There's me in front of the absolutely gorgeous city of Medellín.
- Mar: Exploring Comuna 13, formerly known as Medellín's most dangerous district.
- Mar: Me besides Pablo Escobar's grave in Jardines de Monte Sacro, Medellín.
- Mar: Visiting one of Pablo Escobar's many homes in Medellín.
- Mar: Me meeting Pablo Escobar's brother, Roberto, in Medellín.
Cartagena, CO 🇨🇴
- Mar: The entrance to Cartagena's gorgeous Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Mar: A photo inside the Old Town.
- Mar: The perfect Colombian sunset - at Cafe del Mar, Cartagena, Colombia.
- Mar: Cartagena's central hotel skyline.
- Mar: There's me! - at Playa Blanca, Barú, Cartagena.
- Mar: My first time on a jetski in Cartagena!
- Mar: Flying back to Bogotá!
Venice, IT 🇮🇹
- Apr: A photo from the boat transport system in Venice, Italy.
- Apr: A portrait shot besides Venice's Central Station.
- Apr: A shot looking up whilst exploring the canals of Venice.
- Apr: The iconic Basilica di San Marco in Piazza San Marco, Venice.
- Apr: The best tiramisu I've ever had.
- Apr: Exploring Lido Island just an hour by boat out of Venice.
Florence & Pisa, IT 🇮🇹
- Mar: The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy.
- Mar: A pretty fountain I came across whilst walking through Florence.
- Mar: The streets of Firenze.
- Mar: The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy.
- Mar: Battistero di San Giovanni, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy.
- Mar: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy.
Naples & Amalfi Coast, IT 🇮🇹
- Apr: A shot of Naples whilst exploring.
- Apr: Pompeii Ruins, Italy.
- Apr: A stunning view of the Mediterranean sea from Naples.
- Apr: A viewpoint during our Road Trip through Amalfi Coast, Italy.
- Apr: Sorrento, the hipster town on the Amalfi Coast, Italy.
- Apr: The narrow, windy roads across the mountain ranges.
- Apr: Positano, the world-famous tourist town on the Amalfi Coast, Italy.
- Apr: The best sunset I've ever seen - Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Italy.
Casablanca, MA 🇲🇦
- Apr: Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco.
- Apr: Another shot of Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco.
- Apr: One of many entrances from Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco.
- Apr: International Port, Casablanca, Morocco.
- Apr: Old Town, Casablanca, Morocco.
Fes, MA 🇲🇦
- Apr: Tombeaux Des Mérinides, Fes, Morocco.
- Apr: Royal Palace, Fes, Morocco.
Merzouga, MA 🇲🇦
- Apr: Sunrise in the Sahara Desert, Morocco.
- Apr: Landscape shot of the Sahara Desert, Morocco.
- Apr: Camel Ride from the Camp to the Sahara.
- May: A cool, little Moroccan town I saw on the way.
- May: The famous Volubilis Ruins from the Roman Empire.
Chefchaouene & Tangier, MA 🇲🇦
- May: The beautiful Chefchaouene, Morocco.
- May: Chefchaouene is famous for being entirely painted blue.
- May: The top of high-altitude Chefchaouene, as high as the clouds.
- May: International Port in Tangier, Morocco.
Tarifa & Seville, ES 🇪🇸
- May: The main street in Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain.
- May: Seville's historical & gorgeous Alcazar Palace.
- May: The gorgeous interior of the Alcazar Palace.
- May: Another shot of the interior.
- May: The entrance to the Alcazar Palace.
- May: Botanical Gardens, Seville, Spain.
- May: A shot of the main square.
- May: A shot of the pretty streets.
- May: Another shot of the streets.
- May: A picturesque view of Seville.
- May: More gardens.
- May: Even more gardens.
Madrid, ES 🇪🇸
- May: Meeting new (and old!) friends in Madrid.
- May: The government palace in Madrid. The President of Costa Rica was visiting at the time.
- May: A shot of the iconic statue of their mascot bear.
- May: A shot of my sadness of Ronaldo becoming a Madridista.
- May: A shot of the hipster toilet inside of a cocktail bar.
- May: Walking past a building in Madrid!
- May: Eating amazing tacos!
Lisbon, PT 🇵🇹
- May: A picturesque view of the hilly Portugese capital, Lisboa.
- May: The beach overlooking the 'Golden Gate' sister bridge.
- May: A fountain I saw whilst exploring.
- May: The lush green streets of Lisboa.
- May: Lisboa's Main Square.
- May: Santa de Justa, Lisboa, Portugal.
- May: A shot of the busy streets of central Lisboa.
Uppsala & Sigtuna, SE 🇸🇪
- May: Steninge Palace, Märsta, Sweden.
- May: Sweden's oldest town, Sigtuna.
- May: Sweden's former capital & largest student city, Uppsala.
Berlin, DE 🇩🇪
- Jul: Exploring a concentration camp an hour north of Berlin.
- Jul: Holocaust Memorial, Berlin.
- Jul: Music Hack Day Berlin - my first event with Spotify!
- Jul: Catching up with Rashiq in Berlin!
- Jul: The Spotify Berlin office!
- Jul: A grungy telephone stand I saw whilst walking around.
- Jul: Exploring Central Berlin.
- Jul: Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin.
Manchester, GB 🇬🇧
- Jun: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England.
- Jun: Manchester Arena's Terrorist Attack Memorial at St Annes Church, Manchester.
- Jun: Albert Square, Manchester, England.
Athens, GR 🇬🇷
- Sep: The amazing scenery at my friend's wedding in Greece.
- Sep: Catching up with old friends.
- Sep: Taking off for Istanbul at Athens Airport!
- Sep: Having cocktails overlooking the Acropolis.
Istanbul, TR 🇹🇷
- Sep: Taking the ferry to Prince Islands!
- Sep: Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.
- Sep: Another shot of Hagia Sophia.
- Sep: The view overlooking the Sea of Marmara.
- Sep: Kınalıada Mahallesi, Istanbul, Turkey.
- Sep: Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey.
- Sep: The gorgeous Topkapı Palace.
- Sep: Another shot of the palace.
- Sep: And another.
- Sep: One last one.
Gothenburg, SE 🇸🇪
- Oct: The Gothenburg Cathedral.
- Oct: A shot of Gothenburg from a rooftop.
- Oct: Gothenburg Museum.
- Oct: Spotify's Weekend Hack in Gothenburg.
- Oct: Leaving Gothenburg on a flight.
Helsinki, FI 🇫🇮
- Nov: A shot of Helsinki's city center.
- Nov: A shot between Helsinki and Espoo, Finland.
- Nov: A lightshow at Junction 2017.
- Nov: The branding of Spotify at Junction 2017.
Paris, FR 🇫🇷
- Dec: The venue for dotCSS & dotJS conferences.
- Dec: Some friends I made at dotJS and the React workshop!
- Dec: Attending a React workshop.
- Dec: Attending a Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) football game!
Cambridge, GB 🇬🇧
- Dec: The Spotify Cambridge office reception.
- Dec: The area right next to Cambridge Train Station (CBG).
Kraków, PL 🇵🇱
- Dec: Absurdalia Cafe, Kraków, Poland.
- Dec: Arriving into Kraków from Manchester!
- Dec: Kraków's hipster and trendy Jewish Quarter.
- Dec: Trying Kraków's famous alcoholic winter tea, Herbata Podbeskidzka!
- Dec: Entrance to Kraków's old town!
- Dec: Tektura Cafe, Kraków, Poland.
- Dec: Wawel Castle, Kraków, Poland.
- Cities: 37 (+30 new)
Manchester, London, Cambridge
Barcelona, Tarifa, Seville, Madrid
Venice, Florence, Pisa, Naples, Amalfi Coast
Stockholm, Gothenburg, Uppsala, Linköping, Sigtuna
- North America:
New York City, Washington DC
- South America:
Bogota, Villa de Leyva, Armenia, Salento, Medellin, Cartagena
Casablanca, Fes, Merzouga, Chefchaouene, Tangier
- Countries: 14 (+7 new)
- Continents: 4 (+1 new)
- Airports: 28 (+18 new)
MAN, LHR, LGW, LCY, BCN, MAD, ARN, NYO, KRK, TXL, CDG, ATH, IST, SAW, VCE, NAP, HEL, GOT
- North America:
JFK, EWR, IAD, IAH
- South America:
BOG, MDE, AXM, CTG
- Career: Moved to Sweden for Spotify!
- Manchester: Attended One Love, following the horrific attack 😫
- Football: Witnessed Man Utd winning the Europa League Final!
- Personal: Pierced both of my ears!
- Travel: First time in South America!
- Travel: Met Pablo Escobar’s brother, Roberto, in Medellín, Colombia!
- Travel: Finally got approved for U.S. Global Entry!
- Public Speaking: Gave my first motivational talk!
- Conferences: Three conferences - dotJS, dotCSS and Devrelcon!
- Football: Witnessed my first Stockholm football derby!
- Fun: Met Nickelback, Khalid and Everything Everything to name a few!
- Spotify Offices: Visited 8 - Stockholm BJG / Thunderdome / Epicenter / UE, Berlin, London, Cambridge and Gothenburg
- Networking: Joined Sweden’s talent network, 4Potentials
In 2018, I’d like to continue doing public speaking, practice better time management, and start to double-down on investing in leadership, process engineering, communication, and machine learning skills.