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2016: A Year in Review

2016 wasn't easy, but it was amazing and full of adventures. Seeing amazing landscapes, experiencing unique cultures, and meeting amazing people along the way.

I started last year by working my ass off as a freelancer, working 12+ hours a day. But I was able to ...

  • Travel to 6 countries (Georgia, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Germany), and more than 30 cities.
  • Eat beautiful and weird stuff, from Khinkali in Georgia, to fried Silk worms and snake's beating heart with it's blood in Vietnam.
  • Climb 4 mountains/volcanoes (Mousa in Egypt, Batur and Agung in Bali, Fansipan in Vietnam)
  • Learn photography, freediving, surfing, and riding a scooter.
  • Swim with sharks and stingrays in Malaysia, and swim inside USSR ship wreck in Bali.
  • Buy my first camera (Sony a6000).
  • And finally, moved to Berlin.


Also, last year, I barely completed my reading challenge. These were the ones I really enjoyed.


  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • ★ Dune by Frank Herbert (Read the first three, but the first as my favorite)
  • ★ Foundation series by Isaac Asimov (Second Foundation is my favorite)
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Departure by A.G. Riddle
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury, Ray
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess


  • ★ Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah
  • Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin D. Mitnick
  • Death Throes of the Republic by Dan Carlin (Podcast, but it's long to be considered an audiobook)
  • Living with Complexity by Donald A. Norman
  • It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden

Also published on Medium.

Published by: Seif in Life

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