2014 Year in Review
It is incredible how quickly the time flies. Last year at this time we were in the Kingdom of Bhutan exploring the amazing country and volunteering with Humane Society Asia, and today we are home in Canada looking forward to spending Christmas with family and friends.
STARTING 2014 RIGHT IN INDONESIA
Truth be told-we did nothing but relax and eat our way through Indonesia.
Our most memorable time there was our three nights of pure bliss at Puri Ganesha Villas.
I still dream of our beautiful villa with our own private pool, and all of the amazing food we sampled during our three days.
OUR SECOND HOME
Once our travels in Indonesia ended, we headed back to Thailand for our umpteenth time to meet our friends Jason and Matt.
We spent a really fun 3 weeks giving them an insiders look at Thailand.
We beach bummed around Koh Tao, took a Thai cooking class in Bangkok, slowed down in Chiang Mai, and chilled by the communal swimming pool at Fluid in Pai.
After 3 weeks, their time was up in Thailand, as was ours. We were sad to leave after considering it our home for over a year, but we knew we had to visit new places.
NEXT STOP ISTANBUL
My mom spent 3 great weeks with us in Turkey.
Our next stop after Turkey was supposed to be Iran, but life had different plans for us.
As anyone who travels on the regular knows; not all goes according to planned, and the laws regarding Canadians travelling to Iran changed last minute so we could no longer visit the country that we had been looking forward to exploring for months.
WHAT DO WE DO NOW?
We thought 2 months was a bit long to remain in Turkey, so we chose to visit Georgia and Armenia. We really enjoyed Georgia’s panoramic mountain views, and their culture.
Tbilisi was a great city to explore with a cool flea market full of vendors selling vintage Soviet Union nick knacks, and art nouveau architecture. We even spent an evening at a smoky jazz bar listening to a talented woman scat the night away.
Unfortunately we only had 5 days in Armenia, but what we saw of it was nice, and they make pomegranate wine! You cant go wrong there.
After Georgia and Armenia we headed back to Turkey for our last few days spent on a 3 night 4 day cruise. That was probably the loveliest experience of our time in Turkey. Cruising the Mediterranean without a care in the world.
We flew into Tel Aviv in March so excited to eat every Falafal in sight!
We had mixed emotions about Israel. Cody and I spoke with several human rights activists regarding the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine and even volunteered helping Palestinians farm their land so it could not be taken away by the Israeli government.
We also visited Palestine a few times to speak with people and their stories saddened us.
We also loved our time with our good friend Diana from D Travels Round laughing and catching up, as well as with our friends Alyssa and Grace in Zfat, and our new friends Adnon, and Adi who are passionate animal rights activists-as well as Sacha, Maria, Zoe, and Armond from the animal rights group 269.
These people work tirelessly night and day to save the lives of animals. It is inspiring.
We stayed with them while we were in Tel Aviv and they made us feel extremely welcome. All of the above people are the only reason we would visit Israel again.
LAND OF THE PHAROAH’S
It would have been silly to not visit Egypt while in Israel.
After all, it’s only a skip, hop, and a jump away. We headed down to Eilat, crossed the border, and drove through the Sinai to reach Dahab and relax for 8 nights.
We then headed back into Israel the same way we came, stayed for a few more days, and then back through Sinai to Dahab for another 12 nights of Red Sea love.
Our last 5 nights in Egypt were spent in Cairo awing over the Great Pyramids and eating fantastic food at The Vegan Kitchen (who’d have thunk it?)
GOODBYE PYRAMIDS HELLO MAPLE SYRUP
On June 4th we flew home to Canada after an incredible 2 and a half years of full-time travel.
It was wonderful to see all of our family and friends; to catch up, visit our favourite restaurants in Toronto, and get tattooed.
Our summer was spent working in Saskatchewan and Toronto to save our pennies for 2015, but of course we managed to get away to Cuba in September for my birthday and our anniversary.
I can’t believe we are two weeks away from Christmas! I’ve been busy making sponge toffee, mushroom tarts, cookie bark, Irish cream, and chocolate pie for all of the festivities, and in less than a month we leave for Japan and Thailand!
We can only hope that our 2015 year in review will be as great as 2014 Year in Review and we’re pretty confident it will be.
We have deep feelings of gratitude for the life we are able to live and we wish you all the best for your new year.