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End of year wrap-up

December 29, 2011

I had all of the best intentions to blog about our travels at least once a month on this blog, but as it turns out blogging on the travel blog is enough work as it is! So for way more details about our travels, I suggest that you pop on over to my travel blog and / or my Flickr page.

Since this the New Year though, I thought it would be fun to do a little recap. I had done one back in December 2010, but that was, well, a year ago! Back then we hadn’t been on the road so much, but since then we have had a full year of moving around non-stop.

So, where have we been over the last year? We finished-up Asia with Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh and India. Since we were not able to get visas for Iran, we decided to visit Eastern Europe instead. There we traveled through Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece. We also did a side trip to Turkey, where we met up with my mom. After Europe we went to Africa, and there we were back onto our original plan. We visited Egypt, where my friend got married, flew to Morocco and then to South Africa. We traveled through Zimbabwe and Tanzania with Travis’ family before flying to South America to meet mine. Thus far, we have visited Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. 24 countries in 365 days, that’s quite a lot!

Overall it was a great year. We got to see so many things and hang out with family and friends. We visited Chernobyl (here and here) and hiked Mt Sinai under a full moon. We marveled at the pyramids, Hagia Sophia and lions eating a fresh kill. We rode buses, trains, ferries, hot air balloons. We stared at volcanoes and hiked through Patagonian winds. We observed three different kinds of penguins. My husband grew a crazy beard and I shaved my head. We drank so much wine, ate so much good food. There were so many great moments that it’s hard to believe that it really all happened, and even harder to pick what our favourite moments were.

Next year will be just as big, but in different ways. We still have some traveling left to do in South America, but afterwards will be the next chapter in our lives: settling down, getting jobs, and planning the way for starting a family. I am excited for next year, and am really looking forward to it!

To make this little recap more interesting, here is one or two pictures of all of the countries we’ve visited over the past year. A lot more will be getting posted over the next year, as I edit more pictures and catch up on our blog posts.


trimming tea plants


at peace

being silly

school's cafeteria


the infamous bridge

the old city

church islands

coming home


camel and city

blue door

sunset & wine

lone tree

volcán villarrica

heading towards the mighty fitz roy

fennel flowers

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