2014 in Review: the Instagram photos

I will remember 2014 for many reasons. It was the year I fell head over heels with Mexico, the year I visited South Asia for the first time, the year Mike and I made Seattle our new home. 2014 was busy, eventful and most of all, fun. Just the way I like it.

2014 was also the year I got pretty good at using Instagram to record my adventures around the world. So, while I have a more thoughtful rumination coming up later this week, I decided to showcase my 2014 adventures with a collection of my favorite Instagram pictures from this past year (If you look closely, you can see my photography skills improving month by month).

So what happened in 2014?

January-April: Mexico

The first third of the year we spent living in, and exploring out small corner of Mexico. Sayulita was a wonderful, warm and welcoming home that I miss every single day. Although we mostly just enjoyed being stationary, we took some time to explore Puerto Vallarta,Guadalajara and around Jalisco.

Rainy New Years in Sayulita

Guadalajara Cathedral
Guachimontones ancient pyramids
Colorful Sayulita
Last beach-y sunset in Sayulita

May: Alberta and British Colombia

After heading back to the US to be in a wedding, I almost immediately left again to take a road trip through Canada with my friend Amanda Williams. The trip was sponsored by Coast Hotels and was a great showcase of a small corner of this giant country.

Frozen Lake Louise in Banff
Alpine lodges in Sun Peaks
A quartet of amazing breakfasts from the various Coast Hotels

June: Chicago

In June I traveled to Chicago for the first time ever to participate in a particularly fantastic Bloghouse event. I stayed for a week after to really get to know this truly fascinating and fun city.

The bean
Amazing (not Chicago style) pizza from Coal Oven
Chicago by boat

June-August: Washington DC

We were back in my hometown of DC for much of the summer. It wasn’t very travel-y but it was a great time to see my friends and family and participate in some important events.

Downtown DC
Baby bro’s wedding
Bacon and peanut butter pop tart from Ted’s Grill in DC

August- September: Seattle

On August 11 we took the big plunge and flew to Seattle, determined to make it our new home. Summer in Seattle is just magical and we fell head over heels with out new city and our neighborhood of Capitol Hill.

The view from Kerry Park

 

Capitol Hill Farmer’s Market
Olympic Sculpture Park
Apple picking in rural Washington

October: Las Vegas, Nevada; Austin, Texas

I can only sit still for so long though, so in October I attended a food-centric press trip with Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Then Mike and I flew to Austin to celebrate both of our birthdays with our good friends Shaun and Erica.

You can also tell that October is when I upgraded to the iphone 6 and my phone-photography instantly got 10x better.

Champagne tasting at the Aria Resort and Casino
My first Cirque show: Zarkana
Behind the scenes at Zarkana
Austin, Texas was pretty neat
Serious tex mex
Celebrating my thirtieth with pizza, beer and friends

November: Sri Lanka and Hong Kong

Probably the most exciting trip I took this year was to attend the TBCAsia conference in Sri Lanka. It took forever to get there but the experience was well worth it. I also spent a few days wandering around Hong Kong, which is one of my favorite places to be solo in.

Seeing elephants in the wild turned out to be very meaningful to me
Beautiful ancient ruins in Sri Lanka
Monkeys with a view
The beaches in Sri Lanka were mind blowing
My third visit to Hong Kong, one of my favorite cities
Finally saw the Big Buddha. He was big.
Hong Kong city skyline

December: Seattle, Pennsylvania and Washington DC

Seattle isn’t quite as photogenic in the winter, but it has it’s moments. I got to explore a little bit more when my Dad came to visit for the weekend. I’m still getting to know my new adopted city but mid-way through December we left again to celebrate Christmas back on the East Coast with the family.

Any excuse to visit Pike’s Place
Pike Brewing Company, buried inside the market
Finally got my pink streaks!
East Coast for Christmas

The last 12 months were not too shabby I think? We are already back in Seattle with major plans to ring in the New Year here. As for what’s next… well you’ll have to stay tuned, but I think 2015 may be even more eventful than 2014. After all, it’s really hard to sit still.

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daniellemlloyd23
daniellemlloyd23

Such a clever idea! I just got back from Sri Lanka and the beaches are just ridiculously charming.

Ivana
Ivana

Whoa! What a great stream for 2014. That’s very neat that you chose Seattle for your next home base. The city has much to offer and we are glad to have you!

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