I am still in disbelief at how quickly this year has gone by. As 2013 comes to a close I have started reflecting on where life and the wings of a plane have taken me. It has been a great year of travel.
Here is a photo review of my year:
I started off 2013 in a big way – by fulfilling a dream to take an extended trip and check off a couple of bucket list items. I packed my bags for a 2 month solo journey to Thailand, Indonesia and Australia.
I had a magical experience volunteering at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand and fell in love with a baby ellie named Navaan.
I took a cooking class in Chiang Mai and got schooled on how to make delicious Thai dishes…unfortunately I was too distracted by the intoxicating aromas of fresh herbs, spices and fresh coconut cream (and shamelessly wolfing down everything that I made) to really remember the recipes.
Learned how to scuba dive, receiving my Open Water Certification in Bali, Indonesia.
Discovered my least favourite and new favourite exotic fruit. The durian (top picture) is the nastiest smelling fruit I have ever had the displeasure of inhaling…and it tastes just as bad as it smells. On the other hand, the mangosteen (bottom picture) is made up of small, juicy, refreshing and sweet little slices of heaven.
Witnessed the Balinese celebration of Nyepi; a day of boisterous festivities and elaborate parades showing off enormous and intricate handmade floats. The following day is observed with total silence, allowing for self-reflection.
Survived seasickness in Australia for the very first time and went scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef.
Walked through the badass Badlands of local Caledon, Ontario.
Traveled to New Orleans for the very first time. Walked the streets of the French Quarter, rode the worlds oldest continuously operating street railway system, indulged in copious amounts of oysters and sipped a supremely strong cocktail at the Carousel Bar in the Monteleone Hotel.
After looking back, it’s now time to look forward. While I do not have any travel plans for 2014, I know more adventures and new experiences are bound to be in store.