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 🇸🇪

  1. Jan: Drottninggatan, Stockholm.
  2. May: 2017 Europa League Final, Friends Arena, Stockholm.
  3. May: Rålambshovsparken in Fridhemsplan, Stockholm.
  4. May: Exploring Stockholm's touristy old town, Gamla Stan.
  5. Jun: A view of the Stockholm archipelago.
  6. Jul: The famous Monteliusvägen, Stockholm.
  7. Jul: Spotify Urban Garden Party in Nacka, Stockholm.
  8. Aug: Stockholm football derby: Djurgården and AIK.
  9. Sep: Skansen Village, Stockholm.
  10. Sep: Swedish Royal Palace, Stockholm.
  11. Sep: Vasa Museum, showing a famous 17th century Viking ship restored in 1959.
  12. Nov: Spotify's new office on Regneringsgatan, Stockholm.
  13. Dec: Spotify Christmas Party in Hammarby, Stockholm.

New York, USA 🇺🇸

  1. Feb: Manhattan Bridge, New York, NY.
  2. Feb: Supporting HackNYU - hosted at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering.

Washington DC, USA 🇺🇸

  1. Feb: The famous Chicken & Waffles at Founding Farmers on Pennsylvania Ave.
  2. Feb: The White House.
  3. Feb: Me showing my sadness at the Capitol Building.
  4. Feb: Trying Britain's cheekiest chicken in America!

Barcelona, ES 🇪🇸

  1. Mar: Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona, Spain.
  2. Mar: Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona, Spain.
  3. Mar: Traditional Lobster Paella @ Pez Vela on Passeig del Mare Nostrum.
  4. Mar: My famous selfie during HackUPC, hosted at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia

London, GB 🇬🇧

  1. Mar: Canada Square, Canary Wharf, Tower Hamlets, London.
  2. Mar: Tower of London, London.
  3. Apr: Hosting a Rails workshop at MLH Prime - hosted at Bloomberg European HQ, London.
  4. Apr: Celebrating MLH Prime (my last event with MLH!) at Nando's Liverpool Street.
  5. Dec: Spotify's London office in Oxford Circus, London.
  6. Dec: Attending this year's DevRelCon.
  7. Dec: Catching up with a good old friend, Syeef!
  8. Dec: The mysterious adventures inside Bank Station in London.

Bogotá, CO 🇨🇴

  1. Mar: The famous La Candelaria district in Bogotá, DC, Colombia.
  2. Mar: The Colombian congress building in Bogotá, DC, Colombia.
  3. Mar: Plaza de Bolívar, Bogotá, DC, Colombia.
  4. Mar: A fun shot of a viewpoint overlooking Bogotá from Monserrate.
  5. Mar: Visiting the local markets.
  6. Mar: Exploring a local salt mine just outside of Bogotá.
  7. Mar: The Colombian border control at El Dorado International Airport.

Villa de Leyva, CO 🇨🇴

  1. Mar: Visiting an old Spanish colonial house in Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia.
  2. Mar: The main square of Villa de Leyva.
  3. Mar: A side street on Villa de Leyva.
  4. Mar: A dog I took a photo of.
  5. Mar: Another dog photo.

Armenia & Salento, CO 🇨🇴

  1. Mar: Learning the traditional Colombian dance in Armenia, Quindío, Colombia.
  2. Mar: I learned Nando's expanded to Colombia's coffee region.
  3. Mar: A colonial Spanish house in Armenia.
  4. Mar: Turns out Universal Studios have a shoe store in Colombia.
  5. Mar: The gorgeous Cocora Valley mountains besides Salento.
  6. Mar: Another shot of Cocora Valley from mid-point.
  7. Mar: I'm hugging a palm tree in Cocora Valley!
  8. Mar: The Colombian mountains outside of Salento.
  9. Mar: The main street in the small coffee town of Salento.
  10. Mar: Passing through one of three Colombia's biggest former murder capitals, Periera.

Medellín, CO 🇨🇴

  1. Mar: The work of Colombia's most famous painter, Fernando Botero, in Downtown Medellín.
  2. Mar: The view of the mega-city of Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia.
  3. Mar: The view of Pablo Escobar's home district, Sabaneta, in Medellín.
  4. Mar: There's me in front of the absolutely gorgeous city of Medellín.
  5. Mar: Exploring Comuna 13, formerly known as Medellín's most dangerous district.
  6. Mar: Me besides Pablo Escobar's grave in Jardines de Monte Sacro, Medellín.
  7. Mar: Visiting one of Pablo Escobar's many homes in Medellín.
  8. Mar: Me meeting Pablo Escobar's brother, Roberto, in Medellín.

Cartagena, CO 🇨🇴

  1. Mar: The entrance to Cartagena's gorgeous Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  2. Mar: A photo inside the Old Town.
  3. Mar: The perfect Colombian sunset - at Cafe del Mar, Cartagena, Colombia.
  4. Mar: Cartagena's central hotel skyline.
  5. Mar: There's me! - at Playa Blanca, Barú, Cartagena.
  6. Mar: My first time on a jetski in Cartagena!
  7. Mar: Flying back to Bogotá!

Venice, IT 🇮🇹

  1. Apr: A photo from the boat transport system in Venice, Italy.
  2. Apr: A portrait shot besides Venice's Central Station.
  3. Apr: A shot looking up whilst exploring the canals of Venice.
  4. Apr: The iconic Basilica di San Marco in Piazza San Marco, Venice.
  5. Apr: The best tiramisu I've ever had.
  6. Apr: Exploring Lido Island just an hour by boat out of Venice.

Florence & Pisa, IT 🇮🇹

  1. Mar: The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy.
  2. Mar: A pretty fountain I came across whilst walking through Florence.
  3. Mar: The streets of Firenze.
  4. Mar: The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy.
  5. Mar: Battistero di San Giovanni, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy.
  6. Mar: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy.

Naples & Amalfi Coast, IT 🇮🇹

  1. Apr: A shot of Naples whilst exploring.
  2. Apr: Pompeii Ruins, Italy.
  3. Apr: A stunning view of the Mediterranean sea from Naples.
  4. Apr: A viewpoint during our Road Trip through Amalfi Coast, Italy.
  5. Apr: Sorrento, the hipster town on the Amalfi Coast, Italy.
  6. Apr: The narrow, windy roads across the mountain ranges.
  7. Apr: Positano, the world-famous tourist town on the Amalfi Coast, Italy.
  8. Apr: The best sunset I've ever seen - Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Italy.

Casablanca, MA 🇲🇦

  1. Apr: Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco.
  2. Apr: Another shot of Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco.
  3. Apr: One of many entrances from Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco.
  4. Apr: International Port, Casablanca, Morocco.
  5. Apr: Old Town, Casablanca, Morocco.

Fes, MA 🇲🇦

  1. Apr: Tombeaux Des Mérinides, Fes, Morocco.
  2. Apr: Royal Palace, Fes, Morocco.

Merzouga, MA 🇲🇦

  1. Apr: Sunrise in the Sahara Desert, Morocco.
  2. Apr: Landscape shot of the Sahara Desert, Morocco.
  3. Apr: Camel Ride from the Camp to the Sahara.
  4. May: A cool, little Moroccan town I saw on the way.
  5. May: The famous Volubilis Ruins from the Roman Empire.

Chefchaouene & Tangier, MA 🇲🇦

  1. May: The beautiful Chefchaouene, Morocco.
  2. May: Chefchaouene is famous for being entirely painted blue.
  3. May: The top of high-altitude Chefchaouene, as high as the clouds.
  4. May: International Port in Tangier, Morocco.

Tarifa & Seville, ES 🇪🇸

  1. May: The main street in Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain.
  2. May: Seville's historical & gorgeous Alcazar Palace.
  3. May: The gorgeous interior of the Alcazar Palace.
  4. May: Another shot of the interior.
  5. May: The entrance to the Alcazar Palace.
  6. May: Botanical Gardens, Seville, Spain.
  7. May: A shot of the main square.
  8. May: A shot of the pretty streets.
  9. May: Another shot of the streets.
  10. May: A picturesque view of Seville.
  11. May: More gardens.
  12. May: Even more gardens.

Madrid, ES 🇪🇸

  1. May: Meeting new (and old!) friends in Madrid.
  2. May: The government palace in Madrid. The President of Costa Rica was visiting at the time.
  3. May: A shot of the iconic statue of their mascot bear.
  4. May: A shot of my sadness of Ronaldo becoming a Madridista.
  5. May: A shot of the hipster toilet inside of a cocktail bar.
  6. May: Walking past a building in Madrid!
  7. May: Eating amazing tacos!

Lisbon, PT 🇵🇹

  1. May: A picturesque view of the hilly Portugese capital, Lisboa.
  2. May: The beach overlooking the 'Golden Gate' sister bridge.
  3. May: A fountain I saw whilst exploring.
  4. May: The lush green streets of Lisboa.
  5. May: Lisboa's Main Square.
  6. May: Santa de Justa, Lisboa, Portugal.
  7. May: A shot of the busy streets of central Lisboa.

Uppsala & Sigtuna, SE 🇸🇪

  1. May: Steninge Palace, Märsta, Sweden.
  2. May: Sweden's oldest town, Sigtuna.
  3. May: Sweden's former capital & largest student city, Uppsala.

Berlin, DE 🇩🇪

  1. Jul: Exploring a concentration camp an hour north of Berlin.
  2. Jul: Holocaust Memorial, Berlin.
  3. Jul: Music Hack Day Berlin - my first event with Spotify!
  4. Jul: Catching up with Rashiq in Berlin!
  5. Jul: The Spotify Berlin office!
  6. Jul: A grungy telephone stand I saw whilst walking around.
  7. Jul: Exploring Central Berlin.
  8. Jul: Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin.

Manchester, GB 🇬🇧

  1. Jun: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England.
  2. Jun: Manchester Arena's Terrorist Attack Memorial at St Annes Church, Manchester.
  3. Jun: Albert Square, Manchester, England.

Athens, GR 🇬🇷

  1. Sep: The amazing scenery at my friend's wedding in Greece.
  2. Sep: Catching up with old friends.
  3. Sep: Taking off for Istanbul at Athens Airport!
  4. Sep: Having cocktails overlooking the Acropolis.

Istanbul, TR 🇹🇷

  1. Sep: Taking the ferry to Prince Islands!
  2. Sep: Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.
  3. Sep: Another shot of Hagia Sophia.
  4. Sep: The view overlooking the Sea of Marmara.
  5. Sep: Kınalıada Mahallesi, Istanbul, Turkey.
  6. Sep: Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey.
  7. Sep: The gorgeous Topkapı Palace.
  8. Sep: Another shot of the palace.
  9. Sep: And another.
  10. Sep: One last one.

Gothenburg, SE 🇸🇪

  1. Oct: The Gothenburg Cathedral.
  2. Oct: A shot of Gothenburg from a rooftop.
  3. Oct: Gothenburg Museum.
  4. Oct: Spotify's Weekend Hack in Gothenburg.
  5. Oct: Leaving Gothenburg on a flight.

Helsinki, FI 🇫🇮

  1. Nov: A shot of Helsinki's city center.
  2. Nov: A shot between Helsinki and Espoo, Finland.
  3. Nov: A lightshow at Junction 2017.
  4. Nov: The branding of Spotify at Junction 2017.

Paris, FR 🇫🇷

  1. Dec: The venue for dotCSS & dotJS conferences.
  2. Dec: Some friends I made at dotJS and the React workshop!
  3. Dec: Attending a React workshop.
  4. Dec: Attending a Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) football game!

Cambridge, GB 🇬🇧

  1. Dec: The Spotify Cambridge office reception.
  2. Dec: The area right next to Cambridge Train Station (CBG).

Kraków, PL 🇵🇱

  1. Dec: Absurdalia Cafe, Kraków, Poland.
  2. Dec: Arriving into Kraków from Manchester!
  3. Dec: Kraków's hipster and trendy Jewish Quarter.
  4. Dec: Trying Kraków's famous alcoholic winter tea, Herbata Podbeskidzka!
  5. Dec: Entrance to Kraków's old town!
  6. Dec: Tektura Cafe, Kraków, Poland.
  7. Dec: Wawel Castle, Kraków, Poland.

2017 Breakdown

  • Cities: 37 (+30 new)
    • Europe
      • UK: Manchester, London, Cambridge
      • France: Paris
      • Spain: Barcelona, Tarifa, Seville, Madrid
      • Portugal: Lisbon
      • Italy: Venice, Florence, Pisa, Naples, Amalfi Coast
      • Germany: Berlin
      • Poland: Kraków
      • Sweden: Stockholm, Gothenburg, Uppsala, Linköping, Sigtuna
      • Finland: Helsinki
      • Greece: Athens
      • Turkey: Istanbul
    • North America:
      • USA: New York City, Washington DC
    • South America:
      • Colombia: Bogota, Villa de Leyva, Armenia, Salento, Medellin, Cartagena
    • Africa:
      • Morocco: Casablanca, Fes, Merzouga, Chefchaouene, Tangier
  • Countries: 14 (+7 new)
  • Continents: 4 (+1 new)
  • Airports: 28 (+18 new)
    • North America: JFK, EWR, IAD, IAH
    • South America: BOG, MDE, AXM, CTG
    • Africa: CMN

2017 Summary

  • 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.