I had the idea that I would write up a big 2013 wrap up like I did last year. And then as I started writing it, I realized that this year surpassed words. Yeah, that’s a pretty big cop out as someone who claims to want to be a writer, but there is no way to accurately sum up this past year and do it any justice.
In 2013 I lived on 3 continents. I traveled 44,286 miles (71,272 km) in and between 14 countries. I slept in 59 beds. I ate a lot. I saw the beauty of the world and the people in it. I learned a lot about myself. I met so many interesting and amazing people from different countries. I started grad school.
2014 will undoubtedly be a more stationary year, but I am excited to see what happens in the next 365 days and where I end up at the end of it all.
In honor of the end of the year, here are some of my favorite memories of 2013, photos of the most beautiful things I saw and the things I will always remember.
Temple hopping on the Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
The last wine buffet in Seoul
Island hopping in El Nido, Philippines
Watching the sun set from Marina Bay Sands in Singapore
Lanterns in Melaka, Malaysia
Longtail boat in southern Thailand
A unique sunset in Koh Phangan, Thailand
Stunning Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Burma
Trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake in Burma
Playing with elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Exploring Kuang Si waterfalls in Laos
Nightly sunset beers on the Mekong River in Luang Prabang, Laos
Tubing on the Nam Song river in Vang Vieng, Laos
Jumping off the highest tree branch at the Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng
All the spectacular sunsets in the 4,000 Islands
Sunrise at Angkor Wat
Island hopping off the southern coast of Cambodia
Winning a lot of free drinks from trivia on Otres Beach, Cambodia (and being that tan)
This sunset on Otres Beach. Forever the best.
Lazy days at the beach in Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Street side beers in Saigon
Riding through the streets of Saigon on the back of a Vespa in search of the best eats
Wandering the cute streets of Hoi An, Vietnam in between getting clothes tailor made
The absolute shit show that was Halong Bay (which is why I have no nice looking picture of the place)
Not falling down the side of a mountain/into a rice paddy during my trek in Sapa, Vietnam
Walking around Hanoi’s Old Quarter on my last night in Asia
Doing American summer right: beering and boating with my sister
Seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time in Ocean Shores, Washington
Spending a week in beautiful Seattle
Surviving a reunion weekend in Cincinnati with my favorite people
Seeing Michigan Stadium for the first time in 3 years (even if it was 5 days before kickoff)
Moving to London during the most beautiful autumn
Returning to Paris for a weekend even though I felt like death
Exploring new parts of London with Kasey and Alicia
Spending an epic weekend in Cornwall
Hosting a very delicious Thanksgiving dinner with some really amazing people
London at Christmas
Returning to Rome, my favorite place in the world, for the first time in 4 years
Celebrating Christmas in Tuscany with Cristiana and her family
Eating in Italy
Which photo is your favorite? What is your favorite memory from 2013?