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Looking back at 2014

As December comes to a close I take a moment to reflect on the past year.

Looking back, I remember wishing for a quieter and less stressful year. It was- sort of. We saw many amazing places, but there was less rushing around trying to fit everything in. I made new friends and spent quality time with old and dear friends. There were births and weddings, many smiles, and tears of happiness.

Our first trip of the year was to the Canary Island of La Palma. Early February was the perfect time to see the almond trees in full bloom. Luckily we had virtually no rain and were able to go on many hikes. The hike along the ridge of volcanoes was one of the most spectacular.

Following our hiking trip to Spain, we set of to spend the Easter weekend in the Ardèche region of France to go caving and see the pretty little villages.

In summer, my good friend and co-author Alex and I took a foodie trip to Göteborg. We booked a styling and food photography workshop with the talented Sonja of Dagmar's Kitchen. Then we explored the city and had our share of delicious (sea)food.

Shortly after returning from Sweden, we headed to Riga, a city I have wanted to visit for quite some time. I was amazed at the amount of Art Nouveau buildings to be found. I certainly didn't tire of searching for them.

We also ventured out of the city to the Baltic Sea and to a palace near the boarder to Lithuania.

In September we packed out bags to attend the Graphical Web Conference in Winchester. I was excited to attend a conference which promised to be very interesting, to see people I see every year and to meet new people. This particular conference allowed me to come back with my head so full of ideas. I took lots of notes, attended graphic and GIS workshops and had many interesting conversations. Oh, and I drank pots of black tea and lots of beer.

Our last, but definitely not least interesting, trip of the year took us to Andalusia. This trip was born out of the need to go soak up some sun after a very rainy summer season. We hiked in the backcountry, visited century-old cities and swam in the sea.

Yes, we also stayed in our own country!

And yes, we did eat:

Wishing all health, wealth and happiness in 2015!

kathy says:
Dec 28, 2014 10:09 PM
What a nice collection of photos and memories! I loved reading this before the New Year and it inspired me to at least sit down for a while with a cuppa and review my own year. I join you in wishing us all health, weatth and happiness in 2015--plus a bit of whirled peas!
Richard says:
Dec 29, 2014 02:22 AM
You really took some great photos and had some fabulous adventures. What new places are in store for 2015?
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