Although I spent most of my year or so abroad living as an expat in Costa Rica, I did squeeze in a few trips. I’ve included photos from my favorite ones here. (Admittedly, I cheated and included a few pics from 2009. I didn’t have a blog then, ok?) In my efforts to get more comfortable with giving my (not technically advanced) photos more attention, here are my favorite travel photos of the year. While I did include a few sweeping beach shots (I couldn’t help myself), I was more interested in images I took that were meaningful to my particular trip. For example, Jorge here became our guide in Granada, Nicaragua. When we invited him to breakfast, he ran to the bathroom to wet and slick back his hair. It was so endearing!
My friend Cynthia throws her arms up while we explored a deserted coast of Borneo.
Cheryl smokes a cigar with the dudes in Granada, Nicaragua during my very first visa run.
Colorful graffiti in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria.
A pure white cat hides behind rugs for sale in Istanbul.
Peaceful sunbather in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua: The only time I published this photo was when I wrote about the “dark side” of expat living.
Even this Bulgarian statue knows my signature “skinny arm” pose.
Late afternoon sun in Varna, Bulgaria.
Traveling with Canadians sometimes means that every item they own is stamped with a maple leaf — even their gum!
I love this photo because all I see is hot, blazing sun and two smiling faces! In San Juan del Sur with my guide, Gustavo.
Not only do I love the sky in this photo, but I remember how happy it made me to see the “415” of our hostel — after the looong walk from the beach.
Two sassy male beachcombers thrust their hips out on the beach in Varna, trying to look macho in high-cut shorts, while the females go topless.