My Best Moments of 2013 - This American Girl

Taganga Colombia

 

Beginning the New Year with friends from all over the world in a club built into the cliff on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast.

 

lake union boats

 

Catching a last minute flight to Seattle just in time to celebrate my nephew’s first birthday.

 

Isla Carenero Bocas del Toro

 

Seeing dolphins from the highest point on Isla Carenero with my best friend of sixteen years in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

 

puma osa peninsula

 

Spotting American tapirs, squirrel monkeys, Jesus Christ lizards, and pumas in the wild in Corcovado National Park.

 

little corn island

 

Discovering hidden beaches, diving with sharks, listening to reggae, and stargazing on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua.

 

arrecife punta uva

 

Showing the place I love most in the world, Puerto Viejo, to the person I love most in the world, my Mom.

 

Cat Ba Island

 

Riding on the back of a motorbike through the national park on Cat Ba Island, climbing into secret caves used by the Viet Cong, and swimming in crystal water surrounded by massive limestone karsts.

 

mae jo yi peng

 

Releasing my lantern with thousands of others inside of the temple at Mae Jo for Chiang Mai’s annual Yi Peng celebration.

 

Pai

 

Eating myself silly on dumplings, stuffed potatoes, mango sticky rice, samosas, green papaya salad, phad thai, and hundreds of other delicacies in Pai’s night market.

 

Koh Rong

 

Hiking to hidden beaches, swimming in crystal water, and playing with local kids on Koh Rong, Cambodia.

 

Balangan

 

Following a Hindu procession up the hill to a hidden temple carved into a cliff, watching surfers at sunset, and dancing all night to a live Rasta reggae band on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula.

 

gili air

 

Standing barefoot in the sand, dancing around a bonfire with locals, and watching fireworks with dear friends on New Year’s Eve on Gili Air, Lombok.

 

Today, the first day of 2014

I feel overwhelmed with gratitude

for how blessed I am to have lived every moment of 2013.

 

How lucky I am to have experienced more beauty and excitement in one year

than I could hope to have in an entire lifetime.

 

Wherever you are today

I wish you adventure, magic, and contentment.

This year, may you truly enjoy the present.

May you truly feel light.

May you truly be free.

 

Happy New Year from my world to yours <3

 

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Hello beautiful soul,
In August 2018 I stopped blogging as This American Girl. You can continue the journey with us over at Earth Daughters where we walk the sacred path of feminine awakening. Will love to see you there if it speaks to you.
With love, Camille