We had so many amazing experiences over the past year that it was almost impossible to distil them down to one, reasonably short list. Looking back over my Instagram and blog photos I was transported back to each moment and it made me want to do the journey all over again! Michael and I sat together today and tried to list the most memorable of those. Here’s our best effort along with a photo for each:
A picnic dinner followed by the most beautiful, warm sunset on Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, CA.
Listening to live country western music at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneer Town after a beautiful day in Joshua Tree National Park. (Marlow falling asleep in my arms – me feeling very grateful for our adventure ahead.)
Casa Lola in Trancoso, Brazil. That house was absolute perfection. The most beautiful place we’ve ever stayed. It was the perfect way to kick-start our year-long adventure.
The amazing food tour in Rio de Janiero with Tom of EatRio. We tried tropical fruits we had never heard of before and couldn’t even pronounce!
Time spent at lovely Casa Zinc and getting to know its talented and friendly creator, Aaron Hojman.
Our day on Martin’s ranch in Uruguay – lunch in his beautiful home, riding horses around his ranch, finding a Rhea egg, watching the sun set behind palm trees and rolling hills.
Thanksgiving at Heidi Lender’s house and meeting all the interesting ex-pats in Garzon, Uruguay. Plus the band (El Cuarteto del Amor) serenading the guests all evening – so good!
A picnic in the park followed by the most delicious gelado in Buenos Aires with Delfina and Miguel.
Surfing and swimming with Hector dolphins in Porpoise Bay at the very bottom of the South Island, New Zealand. It was the first sunny day after a week of rain, and the dolphins hung out for hours surfing the waves alongside the kids.
The boat tour in the magnificent Milford Sound, with cascading waterfalls in every direction and a pod of dolphins racing our boat through the sound for a good 10 minutes!
Camping in the driveway of Rebecca and Ollie Prowie in Napier, New Zealand and getting to know their delightful girls, Sophia and India.
Camping and surfing in Raglan, New Zealand – such a special little town with a hippie vibe and friendly locals.
Spending the day on a boat in the Sydney Harbour with our friends, Simon and Tahnee and their two kids.
Camping and hiking in the Blue Mountains, Australia. The beauty!
Three happy, sunny days camping on the beach in Seal Rocks, Australia
Camping in the charming town of Bellingen, Australia and meeting our camping neighbours Lauren, Michael and their two girls, Lillian and Evelyn.
Our entire month in Byron Bay! Every second of it!!
Eating pizza at Savoy in Tokyo. It was the best pizza we’ve ever eaten!
Spending the day at The Rainbow Centre in Sri Lanka, learning about this wonderful charity and the children they’ve taught and supported over the years.
Coming to a screeching halt on the road on a dark evening in Sri Lanka with a giant bull elephant in the middle of our path. Terrifying but thrilling – something none of us will ever forget. (I don’t have a photo of this as it was dark and I couldn’t grab my camera. Here’s a photo of an elephant footprint instead.)
A tuk-tuk drive with Jaya through the jungle outside of Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka. Watching the sun set while elephants walked in the distance.
Our 10-day stay at the Hideaway in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka. With its awesome staff and bohemian vibe we felt at home all week.
A week with our friends, Kate, Joel, Sophie and Louis in Cornwall, UK. The waves never really appeared but the sunshine did!
An eventful month in Positano, Italy surrounded by friends from all over the world who came to visit and spend time in this magical place.
The most relaxing week in Provence with our friends, Vanessa, Ceki and their three kids in their beautiful home.
A return to Sintra, Portugal and the amazing home of our friends Marta & Manuel and their adorable family.