Top Thirteen Moments of 2013: Photo Essay

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Top Thirteen Moments of 2013: Photo Essay

Occasionally, it takes a look back to understand and appreciate all we’ve done and seen in a year. For the last few months, I have claimed 2013 as one of my least favorite years, and in several ways it was terrible and caused me a lot of pain. However, as soon as I started looking back in order to create this post, it seemed a bit silly to dub the year the worst of my life. In my top thirteen moments of 2013, it’s clear to see just how much I lived this year and how much I saw.

It had some ups, and some downs, but overall, I think I pushed myself in many ways, and I am proud of the result. At this point in my life, I love myself and the woman I continue to become; I couldn’t be more proud of the result.

Take a look back with me on all that I’ve accomplished. Each has a short description, and if you wish to learn more, simply click the title and it will take you to a related post.

Thanks again for joining me on my adventures, and I look forward to sharing 2014 with you as well.

Getting Back on My Skis
After sixteen years off the slopes, I got back on my skis. While it wasn’t “just like riding a bicycle,” I enjoyed my time on the mountain and hope to get back out there this season, as well.

Back on the slopes.

Sleeping in an Ice Hotel
One big bucket list item of mine was checked off this year when I realized that there was an ice hotel in Montreal. I headed up there and braved a night in the ice village, loving every freezing cold minute of it.

Ice hotel, Montreal

Ice fishing in Montreal
Another activity I have always wanted to participate in, and I got my chance to do so, while in the city of Montreal. After my friend, Anita, had this experience, I just had to follow in her footsteps. While I didn’t catch a thing, I still enjoyed the process.

Ice Fishing, Montreal

Making it to the Top of Mt Marcy
Falling in love with hiking was huge for me in 2013, especially during the winter months. Still the greatest accomplishment of my year would be making it to the top of Mt Marcy, New York State’s highest peak.

On top of Mt Marcy

Seeing Niagara Falls
On my way up to Toronto for TBEX, I stopped off at Niagara Falls, finally able to check off another bucket list item. Next to Victoria Falls, which I had seen the previous summer, it paled in comparison. Still, I am grateful for the opportunity to have seen such a force of nature.

Niagara Falls.

Attending My First TBEX
This was one of my favorite moments of the year because I got to meet and connect with so many like-minded people. Friendships grew and blossomed at this event, and people who I had only known through the Internet, suddenly became close friends.


Visiting my 6th continent: South America
Getting the chance to visit South America, my 6th continent, this summer was an unexpected surprise. Just proof that sometimes the unexpected can happen.

Sopapillas at the market.

Sabering a Bottle of Champagne
While in Montreal for the second time this year, Lauren, Mary-Anne, and I discovered a champagne bar and had to check it out on our last night in town. To our surprise, they allowed guests to saber their bottles of champagne. Naturally, we ordered three bottles, so that we could each saber one.

Sabering champagne in Montreal

Road Tripping Washington State
When Lauren suggested we go out to Washington for Captain and Clark’s wedding, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Not only had I always wanted to see Seattle and the rest of the state, but I knew it would be a great time with amazing friends.


Rediscovering Philadelphia
While I grew up relatively close to the Pennsylvania city, I had rarely visited, or experienced it properly. Sure, I had seen the popular sites, but on this trip, Lauren and I got to see the city for what it really is. With a local perspective of the neighborhoods and an appreciation for culture and food, it’s a city I would revisit in a heartbeat.

On South Street with Lauren

Visiting London, not once, but twice this year
When my best friend, Lara, moved to London this past September, I promised her I would visit her. As luck would have it, I had the opportunity to make that happen not only in November, but also for the first day of January.

Tea at The Beaufort Hotel, London

Celebrating my 29th Birthday in Miami
Lauren knew I wanted to get away for my birthday this year, and she found a way to make that happen. Along with our other friend, Esther, we rang in the last year of my 20’s in serious style.

Happy birthday to me!

Spending the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 in London and Barcelona
Having the opportunity to spend the end of the year and beginning of a new one in Europe was such an exciting opportunity. Thanks to GowithOh for making this dream of mine come true. It was the perfect way to celebrate new beginnings, and finally shut the door on the past.

Beautiful Barcelona.

What a year it has been! Through it all, I have grown closer to my family and friends, and continued to grow more appreciative of my life and the world. Still, I am so looking forward to what 2014 has in store.

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Comments (11)

  1. Eileen

    Wow! So proud of you and the beautiful, independent, loving, smart and did I say beautiful woman you are! Love you! Bring on 2014!

  2. lola

    agree with your mommy! you are amazing and beautiful in every way. i’m so thankful our paths crossed and we will journey more down the road together. here’s to 2014, gorgeous! xxx

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, beautiful friend! Love you so much!! xx

  3. Samantha

    I’ve always wanted to go ice fishing! Looks like a fun year!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Samantha! It was really great. Ice fishing is cold, but pretty cool. I loved doing it in Montreal because it was in the city. Went for crepes and mulled wine after. 🙂

  4. Leigh

    It sounds like you have had quite an amazing year. I am actually off to Montreal next week and have ice fishing on the books. I would enjoy a night in the ice hotel as well.

    Found you on Traveling Ted’s blog and like what I’m reading. Happy New Year.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Hi Leigh! So glad you found me! 🙂

      Montreal is fantastic…so much to see and do! The ice hotel is fantastic too, but apparently they aren’t running it this season due to lack of funding. Unfortunate, but hopefully it will be up next year. Enjoy your trip, and I look forward to hearing all about it.

  5. Ally

    I’m jealous that you’ve seen so much snow! Its been over 12 years for me :S.

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