2016 – The Highlights

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Howdy all, and Happy New Year! Yes, it’s been a whirlwind and incredibly busy time (just like all the time it seems to be honest) since I set foot back in Australia in early December. I managed one post since then and that was already written pretty much.

I’ve been working as much as possible too as one tends to do when you desperately want to get your finances back in a decent position after travel and you also have Christmas to pay for. Wherever you’ve been over the last couple of weeks I hope it’s been a safe and loving time anyways, and here’s to 2017!

It seems that everyone does a ‘highlights’ package of the previous year early in the new year, or in the last week of the aforementioned year, so you know, I’ve done it before and why not again? Travel-wise 2016 was dominated for me by my two months in South America, however I did head to Canberra for a few days back in April which was a great little getaway.grand-final

But I have to be honest, the biggest highlight of 2016 for me was actually my Aussie Rules Football team winning the premiership here in Melbourne, the day before I flew out to Quito. First premiership and first Garnd Final appearance in my life time, 62 years since we last won it and 55 years since our last Grand Final appearance. To non-sports fans it probably seems a pretty stupid but for diehards like myself it was a day we never thought would come. It was its own little miracle.

Beuenos Aires from above.

Beuenos Aires from above.

Onto South America, what were the highlights? I loved the majesty of Buenos Aires, but at the same time the city has bit of an uneasy edge to it. The architecture there was breathtaking, opulent and out of this world.

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Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

The Bolivian Salt Flats were pretty wonderful too. Like an alien planet, they seemed to go on forever. The three-day tour took us to many different places, a hotel partially built from salt, and lagoons where incredible flamingos delighted the onlookers.

Fevela, Rio de Janeiro.

Fevela, Rio de Janeiro.

Ipanema beach, Rio De Janeiro.

Ipanema beach, Rio De Janeiro.

Rio De Janeiro was my final stop, and I loved that city! It really did live up to its reputation for me, stunning hills, breathtaking views, amazing beaches, warm and friendly people and a great vibe. It was a great way to finish off my two-month adventure and I have very fond memories of my jam-packed three days there.

Volcano on Isla Isabella, Galapagos.

Volcano on Isla Isabella, Galapagos.

Swimming with a sealion, San Cristobel Island, Galapagos.

Swimming with a sealion, San Cristobel Island, Galapagos.

Finally though, my ultimate travel-highlight of the year and indeed South America was Galapagos. If you’re curious about the place, yes it’s not cheap but it’s so worth visiting there. Climbed a volcano, saw giant tortoises, swam with sea-lions, rays and sharks, it’s the sort of place that’s hard to top!

San Crsitobel Island, Galapagos.

San Crsitobel Island, Galapagos.

So for me, those were my 2016 highlights, and the highlights of South America in particular. What will the blog be shooting for in 2017? Well, I’m off in May on a new adventure for around six weeks, more on that soon. I will obviously have loads of reviews to bring you from South America and stories and photos that simply I didn’t have the time or technology to bring you whilst I was on the road. So for the next few months there will be a focus on South America. I’ve also got heaps of videos to edit and show you too!

I don’t expect to be posting as frequently as in the past couple of years. Maybe 2-3 a week, depending on how I’m going. I work a lot of hours each fortnight, and have a heap of other interests I spend time on. But the blog is still here and it means a lot to me. First on the agenda is to reply to the dozens of comments I’ve neglected since I went to South America.

So thanks for reading – stay tuned, and here’s to 2017.

Oh, and I nearly forgot – May the Journey Never End!

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