Travel Highlights of 2011

Travel Highlights of 2011

2011 is almost over! I can’t believe it. This year has been one my slowest travel years. I only visited one new country (Peru) and instead opted for longer-term stays in fewer places. These are some of the coolest things I did in 2011.

South America

At the beginning of the year, I was one month into my trip through Ecuador. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the little country as much as I did, but I loved it. I spent three months there in total.

Isla de la Plata
blue-footed boobies

One of the coolest things I did while I was there was visit Isla de la Plata, otherwise known as the Poor Man’s Galapagos.

On the way back to Colombia, I stopped at the border and visited the amazing Las Lajas cathedral, definitely the most impressive I’ve seen in Latin America.

Several months ago, the Colombian government proposed enacting the Law 30 which basically sought to privatize their universities. Protests swept across the country (and still do). I was able to interview one of the student organizers of the protests in Tunja. Educational Reform in Colombia: One Student Speaks Up

In May, when I was living in Bogota, I had the extremely good fortune of running into a big coffee exhibition, with free tastings! Me + free Colombian coffee = a happy Jasmine.

The Caribbean

leatherback turtles Trinidad
baby leatherback turtles

Over the summer, I hung out in Trinidad with my family and my sister for several weeks. Aside from lots of relaxation time, we got to see leatherback turtles giving birth on the beach. We also went to Tobago where we got to stand up in the middle of the ocean in the Nylon pool.


alebrijes Mexico City
one of the alebrijes in Mexico City

The last quarter of the year I spent in Mexico. I landed in the gorgeous Playa del Carmen, where I chilled on the beach and visited the beachside ruins of Tulum. Throughout the Yucatan, I popped into several little towns and cities like Valladolid, Izamal, and Campeche.

I rented an apartment in Oaxaca and stayed there for a few weeks. The city easily tops my list of favorite places in Mexico.

For the last couple of months, I’ve been camped out in Mexico City. I’ve seen alebrijes and Day of the Dead altars, explored the city’s hectic downtown, and visited tons of museums.

This year also saw me complete four years of travel – wow!

What are your best memories from 2011? Share them in the comments below.

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