Saying Good Bye to 2014!

It’s the very last day of 2014! How did that happen already? Here are some highlights from the last 12 months.

January

Anne arrived in Colombia to meet Mike after a month in Mexico.
Anne arrived in Colombia to meet Mike after a month in Mexico.
ninja stars in honor of the ninja packing tips riddled throughout this book
Anne released her book, The Modern Nomad’s Backpack: A Guide to Packing Light for Round the World Travel which, in addition to all of these paper ninja stars, has since earned 4.8 stars on Amazon.com.
weee!
Weee! We took the gondola to Parque Arvi for a hiking adventure

 

February

guineapig1
Guinea Pig gambling in the middle of the Plaza, Medellin Colombia
Mike next to one of the famously fat sculptures in Plaza Botero, Medellin, Colombia
Mike next to one of the famously fat sculptures in Plaza Botero, Medellin, Colombia
this one was not my favorite
Sampling fruits at the Minorista market in Medellin. This one tasted like poo + garbage to me. Yum.

March

Jumping Rope with the children
Jumping Rope with the children at Angeles de Medellin, Colombia

April

so many choices
We returned to home to Denver where we found sooo many little luxuries. It also made shopping challenging because there were easily 200 kinds of natural, organic, bar soap to choose from — which left Anne standing dumbfounded about how to buy soap.

June

ain't we cute
We scored tickets to the TED x in Denver where we got to listen to talks by the inspired people who are making creative solutions to complicated problems. You know, like that 17-year-old who cured skin cancer?

July

Nearly there... only 7 miles to go
We took our trusty bikes on a 14 mile adventure from Denver to Golden, Colorado. The next day, Anne’s front wheel tube exploded from apparent exhaustion. Awww poor old 1974 Schwinny…

August

Here we are taking a little break to get gas (and then eat a gas station cookie. It was actually much better than you’d expect.).
Since arriving in Denver, we signed up for a car share program and really enjoyed being able to use a car in a pinch if we needed to.

September

Take that, bed sheet! I just went all Maria-Sound-Of-Music on your ass.
Returning to the US meant having access to a sewing machine. So, after making her own zipper pocket underpants by hand, Anne decided it was time to try making some of her own travel-friendly, multi-function clothes with her machine. The one in this pic is made from a sheet. She also made a hammock. That one didn’t turn out so well as Mike went through it and landed on his butt.

October

so many bugs
In October, we left Denver and drove a cargo van down to New Orleans where we had been duped into renting a unit that was not properly cleaned after a hoarder tenant. We moved out of there asap.

November

Anne has made a handful of card games this year
Returning to the US also meant being able to create and have things shipped. So Anne made a handful of card games this year including the three most popular: Hairball! The Kitty Sitting Game, Chatty Gringa: and Travel Phrase & Poker Card Deck, and Vegan Vegetable Memory Card Game

December

I've got some malas
I’ve got some mala prototypes that just arrived from Guatemala yesterday. It’s time to take this little social enterprise to the next step…

It’s good to reflect! I’m grateful for visiting the places I’ve visited this year. I’m grateful for feeling what it’s like to go home for the first time since 2011. I’m grateful for being connected with some seriously amazing people that I met this past year — and for staying connected with the important people I’ve known for years.

I’m not sure what 2015 will bring into and carry away from our lives, but I hope it’s good!

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