Travel in 2015 was well distributed throughout the year and in a number of countries. I will jump straight into it:
My new year started in the Mediterranean beach city of Fethiye in Turkey. Over the last two weeks, my partner and I had explored the coastline from Antalya to Fethiye, stopping at Olympos, Kash, and other smaller towns on the way and checking out some of the best sites of the ancient Lycian culture.
The next week would be spent in Istanbul, visiting the old and the new parts of the city and it’s multitude of mosques.
Does a layover in Copenhagen count? Sure does, particularly since I had so much fun exploring the city in this short span.
3. Costa Rica
Even before we could recover from the trip to Turkey, we had tickets booked for Costa Rica. It was a shorter trip (2.5 weeks) but long enough to travel from coast to coast, experiencing cool vibes of the Caribbean, volunteering for a turtle rescue project, checking out the biodiversity of the cloud forest, and finally ending up learning surfing on the Pacific coast.
Costa Rica is a beautiful country with delicious food and the “pura vida” (pure life) spirit.
It’s easy to take things around you for granted and sometimes that’s what ends up happening when I think of Canada. It’s a huge country and will take a long time to see it thoroughly from coast to coast. Nevertheless, I’m exploring bit by bit and this summer was great in that respect.
Cycling in Ontario
My partner and I biked about 800km this summer, mostly crisscrossing south-west Ontario. We road our bikes to Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, St. Jacob’s market, Cambridge etc. to the west of Toronto. Next we biked over the escarpment from Hamilton to little towns on Lake Erie: Port Dover and Port Burwell. Niagara region is also great for cycling – Niagara Falls, Welland, St. Catharines, Grimsby, etc.
I love Montreal; there is something new to do and discover each time I visit. I visited twice this year, checking out murals on little streets in the Plateau area, and some standard touristy stuff in downtown and old city.
Last Fall I backpacked to the regions of Chiapas and Tabasco in Mexico and it was a really fun trip. I ate lots of street food, climbed ancient pyramids, and got into some adventure experiences – such as travelling on a bus that got stopped by guys wearing masks, or cycling to remote indigenous villages, etc. I truly enjoy travelling in Mexico.
I visited Detroit and Windsor on a short extended weekend trip. Detroit is a really interesting city of contrasts, with swanky tall towers next to condemned block of beautiful old buildings, interesting graffiti and a great food scene. I definitely suggest checking it out.
So that was a quick rundown of what I was up to in 2015. In 2016 I hope to take a long break and travel to Central Asia.