So here it goes. My recap of the year:
It was a very quiet month at home. Quality time with girlfriends, afternoons and evenings on the sofa reading, eating out, obsessively making salted caramel macaroons and being lazy. Hiked when the weather was perfect.
In the end of the month we went to cold Tokyo for Husband’s birthday weekend. It was his choice (I was voting for hot Bangkok!).
Snow, rain and then lower temperatures with crispy air, blue sky and full sun. We tried to keep warm with many bowls of ramen and soba.
February was a month of winter hiking.
Very often in the late afternoons and evenings.
Celebrated Chinese New Year in HK.
And went to Burma with Husband to show him my “must see” places from the previous year. We spent time in Yangon.
And explored Inle Lake, which turned out to be his favourtie part of Burma.
After few days around Inle Lake we flew to Bagan, where we took our first hot air balloon ride.
After 10 days in Burma Husband went back to HK and I stayed for two weeks on a photography workshop with Maciej Dakowicz.
And spent every evening talking about photography.
For Easter we headed to Bangkok.
Then back home for 4 days before heading off for a trip with girlfriends to Japan. Where we managed to catch the last of Cherry blossoms in Tokyo.
Spent three mesmerizing hours watching Sumo practice.
And just because it was a girls trip, we went to Kyoto for a Geisha makeover.
Twelve hours after getting back from Japan I was on the plane to Kathmandu for my second photography workshop of the year. We had a very intensive 6 days of photography and sightseeing.
Then on the 25th of April the earthquake happened. I still don’t like to think about it.
It took me some time after Nepal to feel at home. I decided not to attend another photography workshop and just stay still for awhile and rest and sleep.
In the end of May, Husband convinced me to get back on the plane for a long weekend in Tokyo.
We had a great day at the Sumo Tournament.
Our big trip of the year was 3.5 weeks of June in California.
We started our trip in Downtown Los Angeles.
Flew for a fun weekend to Las Vegas.
Visited the Grand Canyon.
And then spent a week in San Francisco.
We rented a car and first headed to The Redwood National Forest where I fell in love with California.
Which turned out to be the most relaxing and beautiful holiday ever.
Traditionally, at the hottest time of the year, I feel the need to hike and be outdoors everyday.
Rain or sunshine. I wanted to be on the trails.
And when I was not hiking I was at the beach. Sometimes even with Husband.
And then I was hiking again.
August was a month of two trips.
A long weekend in Tokyo.
And a long flight to Poland for a family meet up.
Celebrate her 60th birthday and the new house.
And a week in the countryside with my Mum, Lukasz and Ania where we ate a ridiculous amount of food, had bonfires every evening and sat for hours in the garden (and did quite a bit of housework too!).
Like last year it was a month when we went to Japan for a little longer than a weekend.
Several days in Tokyo.
Visited Nara for the first time.
It was month of catching up on reading and writing. Deciding if we should stay longer in Hong Kong or leave. But leave for where? Sign another 14month lease on our apartment or look for something else?
I started regularly jogging with Husband. Finally.
We spent a long weekend in Bangkok. Unfortunately, this October without Lukasz & Ania.
There is no Bangkok visit without a look at Wat Arun.
Bartek came for a two week visit. Weather was stunning for the middle of November. We didn’t do any sightseeing in Hong Kong. Instead we hiked a lot and spent hours on the beach on Lamma Island.
We hiked the mandatory Dragon’s Back, Sunset Peak and parts of Hong Kong and Wilson’s trails.
From HK we flew to Bangkok for 36 hours of sightseeing.
And then for the main part of our trip: Siem Reap.
Another friend visited us in Hong Kong. Apart from some light sightseeing, we went hiking (of course).
For Christmas we managed to escape the cooler and grey days in HK to one of our favourite spots: Bangkok.
Where we took full advantage of city nightlife and their top notch restaurants, bars and coffee shops. It turned out to be the perfect way to spend Christmas.
Tonight we are staying in with some comfort food and a good bottle of wine. No grand plans. Just like we like it. Hopefully with an early start tomorrow morning.
This year I have been waiting for the 31st of December. It is finally here. On one hand it was a great year with an incredible and loving Husband by my side, many trips, returning to the places which we knew, seeing family, sharing life with great friends, delightful sights, beautiful meals and new people… On the other hand it was a very emotional and rough year. Weighed down by the (sometimes seemingly) smallest things. This year drained me physically and mentally. Difficult year.
So, a clean slate for the new year. Big hopes for 2016.
I am ready for 2016 to begin. Goodbye 2015!