One Year. 20 Locations. A year of memories

On this day last year I left my home of almost 5 years, London, to begin a world adventure and return to my homeland of New Zealand. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year and it’s hard to imagine that I actually visited all these places. There were many high points, some low and most of all many memories and experiences that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

So, here to celebrate my year, I’ll share with you a few photos from each country I visited over the last year…. if you think this is a lot… it’s not even every city!

The itinerary was:

London, UK > Namibia > Zimbabwe > Botswana > Namibia (again) > South Africa > Turkey > Brazil > Argentina >< Chile > Bolivia > Peru > Ecuador > Galapagos > Colombia > San Blas > Panama > Costa Rica > San Francisco, USA > Yosemite, USA > New Zealand

Farewell to London

View over London from New Zealand House

View over London from New Zealand House

Namibia – Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteering

Umbelle, Leopard

Umbelle, Leopard, Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

Zimbabwe

Lion walk, Zimbabwe

Lion walk, Zimbabwe

Botswana

Hippo running, Chobe National Park

Hippo running, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Namibia

Jumping as you do in Etosha National Park

Jumping as you do in Etosha National Park

Stunning Oryx

Stunning Oryx

Wilderbeast

Wilderbeast

Lion drinking in Etosha National Park

Lion drinking in Etosha National Park

The landscape of Cape Cross's Fur Seals

The landscape of Cape Cross’s Fur Seals

Spitzkoppe

Spitzkoppe

Dead Vlei, Namibia

Dead Vlei, Namibia

South Africa

Highlanders - view from the campsite

Highlanders – view from the campsite

Boulders Beach Penguins

Boulders Beach Penguins

Penguin running out of the surf

Penguin running out of the surf

me at the top of Table Mountain

me at the top of Table Mountain

Turkey… in transit

Brazil

Iguaçu Falls, Brazil

Iguaçu Falls, Brazil

Argentina

Tango show at Cafe Tortoni

Tango show at Cafe Tortoni, Buenos Aires

Southern Right Whale (head), Puerto Piramides

Southern Right Whale (head), Puerto Piramides

Perito Moreno Glacier, Santa Cruz, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier, Santa Cruz, Argentina

Cerro Torre close

Cerro Torre, EL Chalten

Laguna Cerro Torre

Laguna Cerro Torre

View from Cerro Campanario

Cerro Campanario, Bariloche

Horses in the Andes - mine was the dark brown one

Horse riding near Mendoza

Seven Colour Mountains

Seven Colour Mountains, Quebrada de Humahuaca

Chile

Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine National Park

My new friend Eveline and I at Torres del Paine

My new friend Eveline and I at Torres del Paine

Markets in Santiago

Markets in Santiago

A street in Valparaiso

A street in Valparaiso

Bolivia

Flamingos

Flamingos

Laguna on the Salar de Uyuni tour

Laguna on the Salar de Uyuni tour

Laguna on the Salar de Uyuni tour

Salt Flats

Salt Flats, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Sunrise Salar de-Uyuni

Sunrise Salar de-Uyuni

Clouds at Salar de Uyuni

Clouds reflecting at Salar de Uyuni

Alligator, Pampas, Bolivia

Alligator, Pampas, Bolivia

Brown Howler Monkey

Brown Howler Monkey

Capybara

Capybara

Me on the boat in the Pampas, Bolivia

Me on the boat in the Pampas, Bolivia

Bird of Paradise, Pampas, Bolivia

Bird of Paradise, Pampas, Bolivia

Sloth in tree (climbing down)

Sloth in tree (climbing down)

Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel Monkey

Floating Islands from Puno

Floating Islands from Puno

Peru

Monasterio Santa Catalina

Monasterio Santa Catalina, Arequipa

Colca Canyon, Peru

Colca Canyon, Peru

Condors competing for a perch

Condors competing for a perch, Colca Canyon

Llama

Llama

Viscacha

Viscacha

Peru and Andes flags in Cusco

Peru and Andes flags in Cusco

Qorikancha, Cusco

Qorikancha, Cusco

View over Pisac, Sacred Valley

View over Pisac, Sacred Valley

Machu Picchu City

Machu Picchu City

astronaut - Nazca Lines

astronaut – Nazca Lines

Huacachina lagoon

Huacachina lagoon

Art in Miraflores

Art in Miraflores, Lima

Turtle near Los Organos, just out of Mancora

Turtle near Los Organos, just out of Mancora

Ecuador

Flower markets in Cuenca

Flower markets in Cuenca

At the Equator stop, just out of Quito

At the Equator stop, just out of Quito

Iguana Park, Guayaquil

Iguana Park, Guayaquil

Inside the Church of San Francisco

Inside the Church of San Francisco

Me at Guayaquil

Me at Guayaquil, Ecuador

Volunteering in Puyo, Ecuador

Toucan Feeding time

Toucan feeding time, volunteering in Ecuador

Red Tiki Monkey

Red Tiki Monkey

A Chichico having fun in my hood

A Chichico having fun in my hood

Chorongo enjoying sugar cane

Chorongo enjoying sugar cane

Pygmy Monkeys feeding time

Pygmy Monkeys feeding time

Galapagos Islands

Male Red Frigate Bird, Punta Pit, San Cristobal

Male Red Frigate Bird, Punta Pit, San Cristobal

Sea lions in the harbour

Sea lions in the harbour

Crab, Santiago Island

Crab, Santiago Island

Me in the Galapagos

Blue Boobie, Eden, Galapagos

Blue Boobie, Eden, Galapagos

White tipped shark on Islote Tinoreras

White tipped shark on Islote Tinoreras

Land Iguana, Isabela Island

Land Iguana, Isabela Island

Rabida Island Marine Iguana, Santiago

Colombia

Cartagena Colourful Houses

Cartagena Colourful Houses

View over Guatape region from La Piedra del Penol

View over Guatape region from La Piedra del Penol

Colourful streets of Guatape, Colombia

Colourful streets of Guatape, Colombia

Valle de Cocora, Salento

Valle de Cocora, Salento, Colombia

Graffiti in Bogota

Graffiti in Bogota

San Blas

Beach on an island in the San Blas

Beach on an island in the San Blas

An island in the San Blas

An island in the San Blas

Panama

View of the Old Town from Ancon Hill

View of the Old Town from Ancon Hill

Costa Rica

Bridge Tree

Bridge Tree

Sloth crossing the road

Sloth crossing the road

Another iguana/lizard in Manuel Antonio National Park

Another iguana/lizard in Manuel Antonio National Park

Racoon in Manuel Antonio National Park

Racoon in Manuel Antonio National Park

White Headed Capuchin Monkey and baby

White Headed Capuchin Monkey and baby

Howler Monkey, Cahuita National Park

Howler Monkey, Cahuita National Park

San Fransisco, USA

Me standing at the foggy Golden Gate bridge

Me standing at the foggy Golden Gate bridge

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island

Pier 39 sealions

Pier 39 sealions

Chinatown, San Francisco

Chinatown, San Francisco

One of the steep streets leading to Lombard Street

One of the steep streets leading to Lombard Street

Yosemite, USA

Half Dome, Yosemite Valley Floor - the first shot I took when I arrived

Half Dome, Yosemite Valley Floor – the first shot I took when I arrived

Glacier Point with Half Dome

Glacier Point with Half Dome

View from Pohono Bridge, Yosemite National Park

View from Pohono Bridge, Yosemite National Park

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

New Zealand (home)

Auckland harbour - blue sky days in winter

Auckland harbour – blue sky days in winter

Auckland City

Auckland City

So here I am, October 19th (NZ), October 18th (UK). It’s been a year. And what a year it’s been!

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