I know this may sound cheesy, but where did this year go? I was about to write this post and decided to take a look back at last year‘s just to check what I had written. The weird thing is that I feel like I just did all of those things this past year. So wait, what on Earth did I do in 2014? Luckily, I had my camera with me most of the time to keep a little moment.
One thing that is always a constant in my life is a mildly obsessive need to travel. This year I stayed on the continent (for the most part) and explored a few familiar countries as well as discovering some new ones. Since I stayed in Paris for the Christmas break, I headed back to Canada to visit friends and family (and do a little stint on a TV show) in the spring. Then I found an awesome new travel partner and we took a little weekend break in the Loire valley for some castle sightseeing (Chambord, Chenonceau and Ussé). We also flew off to Madrid for a long weekend followed by Montpellier and Nîmes (due to an unfortunate AirBnB fiasco….still a bit grumpy about that!) My parents came for a visit this summer and we took a 2 week bus tour of Eastern Europe, which I still haven’t gotten around to posting completely on the blog yet! Shame shame…looks like I have another New Year’s resolution. Well, at least you can see Budapest, Krakow and the Wieliczka Salt Mine photos). My parents came back a few months later for a conference and I joined them for a quick weekend in Amsterdam. My last destination for the year was Florence and Cinque Terre in Italy, where I was actually able to go for a relatively warm swim. The year ended with a very quick trip to Canada for the holidays (a few photos to come soon).
Total countries visited in 2014: 10
Money left in bank account: let’s just not think about that…
This year, I had a dream come true…one of my friends, who lives only a few blocks away from my work, enrolled at the Cordon Bleu school for a pastry diploma. I had cake to eat and photograph every other day (I’m long overdue for the last set of photos, but don’t worry, those will go up soon too). At the end, there was a fabulous graduation with chef’s hats, champagne and amazing nibbles. Congratulations dear!
When I first moved to Paris in 2013, things got off on a rocky start…paperwork, impossible apartment hunting, a sick cat and a fairly demanding new job meant that I really didn’t have much time or energy to enjoy this beautiful city. In 2014, things calmed down a lot and I really made an effort to go out and get the most of living here. Besides, it’s a shame to waste so many good photo opportunities!
Last year I got a new camera (Olympus OMD EM1) that’s smaller and lighter than most DSLRs. Since I have the upper body strength of a 4 year old, this camera was perfect for me and I took it everywhere I went. Even though a lot of the photo projects that I was really gung ho about in the beginning of the year are on a bit of a hiatus, I still think I learned a lot and dare I say, improved!
Well, in 2015 I’ll be travelling (obviously), taking more and more photos and trying to do more body painting. Thanks for following my blog