Wishlist for 2016 and the year that was in 2015…

Wow heeelllo 2016! Aren’t you shiny and new, warm and happy, tasty and a delightful year to meet?

Here’s to another year and some fantastic experiences, travels and moments ahead, many of which I shall share with you on Kiwi Footprints.

Jumping as you do in Etosha National Park

Jumping as you do in Etosha National Park

2015, the year that was

From the rooftop terrace of the hostel in Santiago, Chile as I saw in the new year I knew 2015 was going to be a year of change and boy was it ever!

Sunset over the Pampas, Bolivia

Sunset over the Pampas, Bolivia

I continued my South American travels up the continent through Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, even the Galapagos, had a few bouts of parasites and a sea urchin attack my foot before heading into Colombia, through the San Blas by boat to Panama, onwards to Costa Rica before hitting San Francisco and the much awaited Yosemite!

Standing at Cerro Campanario

Standing at Cerro Campanario, Bariloche

Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel Monkey, Pampas, Bolivia

Salt Flats

Salt Flats, Bolivia

Condors competing for a perch

Condors competing for a perch, Colca Canyon

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View over Pisac

View over Pisac

The view over Machu PIcchu

The view over Machu PIcchu, from Machu Picchu Mountain

Me at Guayaquil

Me at Guayaquil, Ecuador

A Chichico having fun in my hood

A Chichico having fun in my hood, volunteering in Ecuador

Sea lions in the harbour

Sea lions in the harbour, Galapagos

Land Iguana, Isabela Island

Land Iguana, Isabela Island

Marine Iguana, Tortuga Bay (feeling a bit like me sometimes)

Marine Iguana, Tortuga Bay (feeling a bit like me sometimes)

Graffiti in Bogota

Graffiti in Bogota, Colombia

Me at the top of La Piedra del Penol

Me at the top of La Piedra del Penol

White headed Capuchin Monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

White headed Capuchin Monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Another iguana/lizard in Manuel Antonio National Park

Another iguana/lizard in Manuel Antonio National Park

An island in the San Blas

An island in the San Blas

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

Me standing at the foggy Golden Gate bridge

Me standing at the foggy Golden Gate bridge

Wow was a trip that was. I met some amazing people, those of you that read my blog, let me say a very heartfelt thank you for impacting on my life throughout my travels, you’ll all be remembered wherever you are in the world.

That lead me to finally after over 5 years away, I finally reached my homeland of New Zealand.

Auckland City

Auckland City

All those travels brought me to halfway through the year and once I arrived in NZ, the new start began. It was a year of good and difficult times, many of which you’ll have no idea about. I dealt with many personal and health-related issues, but having worked through much of it, I’m in a much better space than I have been in years. I still have my moments where things are difficult, but I’m working towards a positive and healthy 2016 inside and out.

Travelling in New Zealand

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound, New Zealand

New Zealand native bird - the Kea

New Zealand native bird – the Kea

The last half of the year between job, car and flat hunting I did manage to fit in a little taste of travel in New Zealand. Between jobs I took a week down to the South Island for the first time in my life. It was utterly incredible. As usual I was taking the solo travel route, but this time I’d hired a car and saw some specular scenery that made me fall in love with my home country all over again.

Kiwi sculpture - for those who always wondered what a giant Kiwi looks like

Kiwi sculpture – for those who always wondered what a giant Kiwi looks like

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

2016, the year and travels ahead

New Zealand will be my main focus of travels in 2016, it’s been a long time coming and now I want to see my homeland in all its beauty. A few places on the top of the list are Nelson, Russell/Bay of Islands and maybe a road trip down to the wearable art festival in Wellington later this year.

I’d like to pop over and see a bit of Australia if I can, see what life is like in Sydney and Melbourne possibly.

The BIG 3-0

Yes that’s right, I’m getting old. This year will mark 30 years I’ve lived on this earth. I’m tossing up a few ideas of maybe creating a list of ’30 Things to do before I turn 30′ or just planning a wicked trip to celebrate in November (suggestions welcome). Apart from my leaving do in London, parties never go well for me (no one ever really turns up), so that’s why I need to think about myself (yes this is the selfish new me), and what I can make happen to create a fabulous start to my 30’s.

The Pohutukawa Tree, always out in time for Christmas

The Pohutukawa Tree, always out in time for Christmas

There’s a few other things I’m working towards in 2016, but most of all I just want to be happy. I’ve learnt as much as I had aimed for a ‘fresh’ start in 2015, I still held expectations and hopes that were unrealistic. I’ve learnt that the only person I can rely on to create happiness and good health in my life is me. So that’s the focus of 2016:

Happiness and Good Health
(and a few exciting travels along the way)

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