Well, I was planning to do it anyway, so when I saw the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures, I couldn’t resist joining in the fun.
2012 started with a month-long escape from the bitter cold of Korea to the warmth and beauty of SouthEast Asia. Malaysia, Thailand and Laos, to be exact.
Taking a break from kayaking on an island near Koh Lipe, Thailand.
My wishing ribbons. Kek Lok Si Temple, Malaysia.
So many monkeys! Batu Caves, Malaysia
Golden Temple. Vientienne, Laos.
Just before my first hot air balloon ride. Vang Vieng, Laos
Nature’s water park. Kuang Si Waterfalls, Laos
After an amazing month traveling, it was time to go back to Jeju and enjoy my last few weeks before moving away from Korea.
Back on Jeju in time for the Fire Festival
Farewell Korea party.
Next, I spent a week traveling solo in Japan and saw some truly amazing things!
Wandering around Kyoto and happened upon a traditional wedding.
Another Golden Temple. Kyoto, Japan
Crazy deer! Todai-ji Temple, Nara, Japan.
A morning with the snow monkeys. Yudanaka, Japan
I then escaped the bitter cold of Japan and headed back to Thailand for six weeks–four of which were spent getting my CELTA certification. Somehow, I still managed to fit in plenty of fun.
Ziplining. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Bathing elephants. Elephant Nature Park, Thailand
Tie a ribbon blessed by a monk, save a tree. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Celebrating another birthday! Chiang Mai, Thailand
The world’s biggest water fight … Songkran. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Finally, it was time to head home to America to see my family and friends and take care of some business … like emptying out my storage unit after four years.
It took the better part of a week to sort through and sell or donate everything. Ugh. Never again.
After a month back in the States, it was time to head off on my next adventure … a year in Bangladesh.
Quick stop in Dubai on my way to Bangladesh. Notice the floating bus and the Rolex towers.
In Bangladesh, foreigners are celebrities. I can’t even begin to guess how many mobile phone photos of me are floating around this city.
Embracing the local culture. Dhaka, Bangladesh
Oh 2012! What a year it was! Let’s see what 2013 has in store.