A few days late, but it’s never too late to give thanks, is it? I’d really like to thank 2012 for being an awesome year! Although the year didn’t really start as good as it did for most bloggers, as for me it started with working in the pharmacy, but as the year progressed it turned out to be a hell of an amazing year!
Apart from my travels inside of Egypt, I have traveled for 165 days abroad, spending Christmas and New Year abroad, and I still have 5 more days to go before returning home on the 10th of January!
And even though I started this blog in the last few days of 2011, and I already celebrated my blog’s anniversary a couple of weeks ago, most (or all) of the blog’s progress was made in 2012, giving me the hope (and option?) of moving forward with the blog to being a full time job!
So to summarize 2012 I will briefly write the best experiences I have had in 2012, starting with…
As the first few months of 2012 didn’t have much of traveling for me, I was always excited to run away from work for a few days to go camping with my friends in the desert, and this is where I got injured in the middle of nowhere, slept under the stars for several nights (freezing my toes off), and last but not least, ate extremely delicious food that was cooked by me (and my friends. Well, mostly my friends. I suck in cooking.)
But it wasn’t until a friend that I have met on the Camino de Santiago that came to visit me that I actually started traveling properly. For two weeks I showed my friend all around Northern Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula. Those two weeks were quite amazing, fully packed with adventure, traveling and long bus rides, starting from the Pyramids of Giza/Cairo, to Alexandria, to Siwa(pictured above,) then off to Mount Sinai to see an amazing sunrise (pictured below) and finally a few relaxing days in Dahab!
Later in June I went with my friends for a few days in Ras Shitan in Sinai (Literal translation of the name: The Devil’s Head – Pictured Below.) Those were some needed relaxation days and a good kick off for the summer!
An unforgettable adventure in Egypt in 2012 would definitely be that time I met a pilgrim and drove her from Sharm all the way to Taba, spending a night in St. Katherine on the way, without my parents knowing about it!
July was the start of my abroad solo travels, to Thailand! I spent a month in Thailand, mainly in Chiang Mai and Pai, and a week in Koh Phangan. The whole month was amazing, even though I didn’t really like Koh Phangan, but my over all time in Thailand was a blast .
I was certainly amazed by the hospitality given at a place near Pai called Land Crack. And I was also “surprised” by sliding in a water fall, with camera in hand, and the camera started working again perfectly 3 days later!
Landing on August 20th, I haven’t left Indonesia since then, staying here for over 4 months now, I certainly did get a feel of Indonesia and life here, and not the life in Bali, as I lived in a small village in Java Island.
I traveled as much as my budget and holidays (I was teaching English in a Junior High School) allowed me, and those travels have taken me to several places, starting with Malang, Batu, Mount Bromo, Sempu Island (pictured below), Several waterfalls, Jogjakarta, Madura Island, Bali and finally Gili islands!
The highlight of my travels in Indonesia is: …
No I can’t choose just one! I have had so much fun and have done things I would never have done otherwise!
My road trip around Madura island (Pictured above and below) was a blast and left me with the feeling that I have a seen a place before it got famous, and trust me it will get famous (and expensive) soon as it has so much beauty and potential!
Visiting Jogjakarta and Borobudur temple (pictured below) was quite nice, but what was nicer is driving a scooter all the way there, in the crazy traffic and rain!
Spending almost all my weekends Malang and Batu was really fun, I will write more about Malang soon, it is the perfect city I would say.
All of this, plus some other adventures while visiting Mount Bromo!
And last but not least, I spend the past two weeks (well, the eight last days of 2012) on the Gili Islands (Pictured Below) and this place is AMAZING! Also expect many more posts soon about Gili Islands, it was definitely worth all the hassle we had trying to get there!
I can easily say that 2012 was an amazing year; I had so much fun, made so many new friends, met my beautiful girlfriend and had the most experiences and adventures in my life! I certainly wish that 2013 will be as good, or even better, with more travels and more adventures!
How was 2012 for you and what are your hopes for 2013? Wishing you all the best anyway 🙂 Happy New Year.