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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.