2013: A Year in Photos

2013 has been a year loaded with travel, new experiences, challenges, and some pretty amazing people.  I’m incredibly grateful for every opportunity I’ve had and hope my good fortune continues into 2014.  Here are some of my favorite moments from this incredible year, from start to finish.

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The beginning…ringing in 2013 on the beaches of Koh Tao, Thailand…

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…with my dive instructor partner-in-crime, Addy. 

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Checking things off the ol’ Thailand bucket list: one last roadtrip to Pai…

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…a cooking class (making papaya salad here)…

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…sending off one last lantern with the greatest roommates of all time (JING JING!).

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Wrapping up an amazing year of teaching at Wichai Wittaya Bilingual School in Chiang Mai…

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…little beauties dressed up for their end-of-the-year performances…

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…my kindergarten class at their graduation ceremony.

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Saying goodbye one last time to Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand.

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Paying a visit to the world’s largest religious complex, the temples at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Angkor Wat at sunrise.

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Experiencing a little ‘budget luxury’ around Cambodia: a trip to the beautiful island of Koh Rong…

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…with great company in the capital, Phnom Penh.

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Sightseeing in Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur: coconuts galore…

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…getting ready to hike the million stairs leading up to the Batu Caves…

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…admiring the Petronas Twin Towers during a thunderstorm.

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Visiting another expat best friend in her new city-state, Singapore…

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…the supertrees of the Gardens by the Bay by night…

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…enjoying the views from the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel by day.

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Playing tourist in Israel on my way back to the states: mud bath in the Dead Sea…

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…Mediterranean sunset in Tel Aviv…

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…gorgeous day at the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa.

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Back to the States: celebrating my 26th birthday at home in Leavenworth, Washington…

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…my cousin gets hitched!  June 29th, Winthrop, Washington….

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…time for more adventures!  Packed and ready for South America.

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The South America chapter begins…volunteering with La Fundación Aldeas de Paz in Santa Elena De Uairén, Venezuela…

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…a 6-day trek to the summit of Mount Roraima, Venezuela’s largest table mountain.

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Falling in love with the spirit of Colombia, one Cerveza Águila at a time: beautiful colonial Cartagena…

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…World Cup qualifiers in Santa Marta…

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…Atlético Nacional fans singing their hearts out at a match in Medellín…

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…a night out at Theatron in Bogotá.

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Whirlwind 10 days in Ecuador: La Mitad del Mundo (GPS-calculated equator) outside of Quito…

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…high-altitude adventures on Volcán Cotopaxi…

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…chiva bus tour in the mountains of Baños.

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Peru highlights:  Laguna 69 with my faithful travel buddies…

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…crushing the bucket list and finishing the four-day hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu…

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…risking severe sand burns for a photo of the gorgeous Huacachina oasis…

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…reunions with long-lost travel companions in the capital city of Lima…

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…feeling the Christmas spirit in alpaca sweaters and santa hats (and pants, I swear) in Cusco.

To be continued…

A very Merry Christmas and a glorious New Year to all!!  Happy 2014!

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About Leah Davis

Hey! I'm Leah. I'm a solo traveler letting my heart lead me around the world, one country at a time. I've taught English in Thailand, climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, gone skydiving in Argentina, and marveled at the ruins at Machu Picchu (twice!). I love maps, strong coffee, good wine and warm climates. For even more travel talk and inspiration, you can follow my adventures on Twitter or Instagram.
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2 Responses to 2013: A Year in Photos

  1. Jason says:

    Awesome photos…love the one of the Leo bottle in Pai. World cup qualifiers in Colombia? Must have been insane! Looocoooombia!

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