7 Best Moments of 2012 (In Photos)

2012 has been a great year for me. I haven’t done a ton of traveling, but I have been enjoying my new adventure as an expat in Medellín. These are my favorite moments from the past 12 momths.

1. Getting a Dog

One of the hardest parts of traveling 24/7 is not being able to have a dog. I’m a big animal lover, so making the decision to get a puppy was one of the best things I did this year. This is a shot of me and my American Pit Bull Terrier, Luna.

Me and Luna

2. Joining a Photography Class

I’ve always been fascinated with photography. It gives people the opportunity to document the world with their own point of view – just like writing. Thanks to my photography classes, I not only understand so much more about this art form but my photos have improved vastly as well.

movido por sujeto

3. My Birthday Chiva Party!

Right after J’ouvert and Carnival in Trinidad, a chiva party is the most fun I’ve ever had. For my birthday in September of this year, I gathered a whole bunch of friends, made a playlist, and cruised around the streets of the city in a disorderly fashion.

Co-founders of Medellin Nightlife Dwayne & Jasmine

4. Visiting New York City

Sounds crazy, but even though I’ve traveled for such a long period of time, I’ve never been to one of the most visited cities in my own country – New York City. Over the summer, I flew up there to meet a couple of my clients and wandered around the city. It was an amazing city, the people were surprisingly friendly, and I could actually see myself living there one day.

skyline New York City from Brooklyn

5. Going to Fería de las Flores

My second time going to Medellín’s flower festival didn’t disappoint. Seeing so many proud Paisas carrying extravagant flower displays on their back is always impressive.

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6. Seeing my family

My family came to visit me over Christmas and they loved it! I’m so glad I got a chance to show them where I live and the magic of Colombia. I’m pretty sure that won’t be their last visit here.

family photo

7. Visiting Pueblos

This year, I visited Guatapé, Santa Elena, and Guarne, three pueblos around Medellín that I haven’t been to before. My New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to visit even more pueblos around the city.

me Colombian hat

What is your favorite moment from 2012? Share yours in the comments below.

  • Andrew Macia
    December 31, 2012

    Glad to have been part of the bday chiva! Happy new year! :-)

  • Robert Schrader
    December 31, 2012

    Meeting Ms. Jasmine was definitely one of them!

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    December 31, 2012

    Aww you’re sweet :) You better come back here and visit me again!

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    December 31, 2012

    Glad you made it to my chiva too! Happy New Year!

  • Mark Stephenson
    December 31, 2012

    I am honored to be on the list..but wish you’d chosen a better picture! :)

  • Andrew Scott
    January 1, 2013

    I love your blogs and photos. You have a beautiful smile. I am Australian and have lived a similar life traveling to many of the places you have been. Two trips to Colombia since 2010 (14 months in total in this wonderful country), New York City and of course all of the many places you visited in my home country. I love that you travel,without fear, to so many diverse and sometimes challenging places on our spectacular planet.

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    January 1, 2013

    Thanks so much Andrew! Happy New Year :)

  • Sharon Chen
    January 3, 2013

    Hi, Jasmine! I love your blog and the way you travel. I just wanted to say that I think you’re doing a great job with your blog. I’m new to travel blogging, and I’m still figuring things out. If you have any tips or advice, I’d really appreciate it. Thanks. Happy New Year!

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    January 3, 2013

    Hi Sharon! Thanks for stopping by :) Shoot me an email and I’ll talk to you about it.

  • Brett Ryer
    November 5, 2013

    I came across your blog when I was doing research for Colombia, because I’m going next week. I guess you’ve left the country by now according to your blog, maybe not. Anyways, would you be willing to tell me about Medellin? What to see and do, what to eat and drink, where to go and not go…..? What would YOU do if you only had a couple of days there (unfortunately)?

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    November 18, 2013

    I would definitely try to visit a couple of pueblos, like Guatape or Jardin. As far as eating, arepas and bandeja paisas are very typical dishes. For drinking, aguardiente is the local brew.

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