2016 Favorite Moments

2016 Favorite Moments | www.rtwgirl.com

Damn! Can you believe it’s already January 2017? I can’t believe how fast the year went. 2016 was indeed a crazy year but of course, with every year I have my favorite moments. It’s always hard to pick my favorites but these ones are definitely in the memory books. I didn’t put them in any particular order but they are in sequence according to when they happened. I didn’t travel as much for most of the year other than a trip to BC wine country, Georgia (state), and then to Spain and Morocco in the fall through almost the end of the year. I also took a very needed and extended break from blogging. But now…I’m back!

 

Dog sledding at Sunpeaks in BC, Canada


Dog Sledding at Sunpeaks 2016 | www.rtwgirl.com

I’m a sucker for dogs. I don’t have one but I pretty much adopt any and all dogs in my vicinity. So when the opportunity to go dog sledding when I was at Sunpeaks in 2016, I definitely said YESSSSSS!

Dog Sledding at Sunpeaks 2016 | www.rtwgirl.com Of course, I cuddled all the puppies. I wanted to take them home!

Visited A New State – Georgia

I tend to stick to the coasts but definitely want to visit more of the United States. When an invitation to visit Georgia came up in April, I said yes y’alllllll! New cities and new state for 2016!

Atlanta Georgia 2016 | www.rtwgirl.com On the Beltline in Atlanta

Tallulah Gorge Georgia 2016 | www.rtwgirl.com

At Tallulah Gorge in the NE Georgia. Photo credit: Alan Maxcy Photography

More San Diego Happened

I spent most of the year in San Diego. I moved here 10 years ago and when I’m not traveling this is where I usually am. I tried LA for about a year and a half and it wasn’t my scene so now I’m back here. I move around and I am sure I will again but for now, this is home. I tried to explore more of the city but I definitely need to do a better job. That’s my goal for 2017!

Self Realization Center | www.rtwgirl.com

Self-Realizing in Encinitas

Windansea La Jolla | www.rtwgirl.com

La Jolla vibes at Windansea. Photo credit: Ordinary Traveler

Dear Madrid, I Love You

I had the opportunity to spend an extended period in Madrid. At first, it was to be the jumping-off point for my travels to Morocco and around Europe but then I just stayed and fell in love with the city. I did also visit places nearby (see below) but Madrid was my home for several months in the latter quarter of 2016

Caixa Forum Madrid | www.rtwgirl.com

At Caixa Forum Madrid. 40 degrees and melting in this photo

Madrid Arganzuela Footbridge | www.rtwgirl.com

Finding cool local spots like the Arganzuela Footbridge

South of Spain

My brother and I drove to the south of Spain from Madrid. We drove for most of day 1 and then spent the next day exploring some of the city’s famous landmarks. I wish I had more time because I barely scratched the surface. I am definitely going back!!

Sevilla Alcazar | www.rtwgirl.com

Exploring the Alcazar of Seville

Plaza de Espana Sevilla | www.rtwgirl.com

At Plaza Espana in Seville

Algeciras | www.rtwgirl.com

In Algeciras looking towards Africa

Morocco

Oh, Morocco….how I love thee. My brother and I took the ferry from the south of Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco. We rented a car and then proceeded to road trip around the country. It was epic!! I have a million photos but here is a handful.

Hassan 2 Mosque Casablanca | www.rtwgirl.com

At Hassan 2 Mosque in Casablanca

Shopping in Marrakech | www.rtwgirl.com

All that glitters! Shopping in Marrakech

Carpet shopping in Essouira | www.rtwgirl.com

We started a new rap group called Magic Carpet in Essaouira

Camping in the Sahara Desert | www.rtwgirl.com

A face of someone who just climbed a tall ass sand dune in the Sahara Desert!

Chefchaouen | www.rtwgirl.com

Getting the blues in Chefchaouen

More Spain!

After Morocco, I went back to Madrid and did a lot of day trips close by to places like Toledo (again), Segovia, Aranjuez, El Escorial, and Patones de Arriba.

Segovia Cathedral | www.rtwgirl.com

In front of the Segovia Cathedral

DJ And Me | www.rtwgirl.com

I finally met DJ from Dream Euro Trip!! I love him!

Patones De Arriba| www.rtwgirl.com

At Patones de Arriba. Love this place sooooo much

Arnette

Round The World Girl is a blog by Arnette, a solo female traveler, lover of adventure, coffee, tropical islands, and unforgettable meals. She shares a retrospective of her 19 month, 19 country round the world trip, adventures both near and far, destination guides, helpful tips and tricks for travel, as well as tips and reviews of her favorite things.

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  • Leiha

    Fantastic photos! Looks like you had a great year!

    • Thanks lady! It started out rough but definitely closed out better than I had imagined. <3

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