2016 Favorite Moments
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!
FOR MORE HELPFUL POSTS AND LINKS:
Dog sledding at Sunpeaks in BC, Canada
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!
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!
On the Beltline in Atlanta
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-Realizing in Encinitas
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
At Caixa Forum Madrid. 40 degrees and melting in this photo
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!!
Exploring the Alcazar of Seville
At Plaza Espana in Seville
In Algeciras looking towards Africa
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.
At Hassan 2 Mosque in Casablanca
All that glitters! Shopping in Marrakech
We started a new rap group called Magic Carpet in Essaouira
A face of someone who just climbed a tall ass sand dune in the Sahara Desert!
Getting the blues in Chefchaouen
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.
In front of the Segovia Cathedral
I finally met DJ from Dream Euro Trip!! I love him!
At Patones de Arriba. Love this place sooooo much