I’ve been planning on putting together a short review of the amazing year that was 2014 for the last month. I’d sit at my computer, but I couldn’t force the words out. Now that it’s already 2015 I decided enough is enough; I had to figure out why this review was so hard to write! It’s been a whirlwind of exciting events, emotions and new experiences.
Every year, I pick a theme I’d like to work through for the year ahead, and last year I decided it would be my year of self-discovery. It’s been my toughest year yet, but despite life’s constant yin and yang, I’ve learned a lot from, what I consider to be, the best of 2014:
1. Disney World With Best Friends
Three of my very best friends and I took a trip to our college town, Orlando, Florida, to see our alma matters football team march down Main Street at Disney World. It was spontaneous and impromptu, but one of the best memories I have of 2014.
2. Watching an Old Friend Tie the Knot
The month of April grew from uneventful, despite turning 23, to one of the best months of the year. My parents came up from Puerto Rico and my brother flew in from Washington DC to see one of our oldest family friends get hitched to the man of her dreams in Tampa, Florida. Congratulations Dana!
3. Getting Scuba Certified
I’ve had ‘learn to scuba dive’ written down as a new years resolution since I was 13, and I finally fulfilled my goal! I got Scuba Certified in Boca Raton, Florida with World of Scuba and then dove in Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico throughout the summer. I’m so excited to see more worlds under the sea!
4. City Hopping With This Guy 😉
Locations: Delray Beach, Florida; Toronto, Canada; Washington, D.C.; Arlington, VA; Cape May, Atlantic City & Wildwood, NJ; and finally, Seoul & Daegu, South Korea.
5. Summer in the Sun in Dominican Republic
My parents hosted the inauguration of the annual Mariscos Ripiados Festival in Sanchez, Samana. This was an extra special day because it’s held in my mom’s hometown. After a full two weeks of pool time and exploring the city, Santo Domingo has grown to be one of my favorite places to visit.
6. Going home to Puerto Rico
I hadn’t been home in TWO years before this past summer, so I knew a trip was necessary. I didn’t do much more than lay by the water, play with my cats, and eat lots of home made rice and beans. Plus, I got to spend some quality time with my family.
7. Road Tripping it from South Florida to Washington DC
After living in Florida for 6 years, I packed up my car and drove it 1,000 miles north to my brothers house in Washington D.C. with the help of my beloved father. We barely got everything to fit, but somehow, we did it! As much as I will always cherish very fond, select memories of my time in Florida, this road trip signified the end of an era and the beginning of something new. A change I was very ready for. Thanks for all the good years, Sunshine State!
8. Visiting Friends in New Jersey
This trip was two years over-do, so I made it a priority before moving half way across the world. We road tripped it from Washington D.C. to South Jersey, and had a very shore-tastic experience in Cape May and the Wildwoods. Thanks for such a wonderful time to my host, Brittany.
9. A Pit Stop in New York City
My best friend since childhood and I have lived in different cities (and sometimes countries) for the last 13 years. Every year we try to get together someplace new, preferably where it’s warm and we can lay by the beach. This year was a bit different. We got a measly few hours to catch up, but I’m glad it happened before I left for South Korea. Thanks for making the trip down to Queens! See you again so soon!
10. My New Born Baby Niece
The worst part of living abroad is missing out on once in a lifetime family events. The birth of my baby nice, Cici, is one of these moments. I’m rushing home in 2015 just to give her a big kiss!
11. Moving to Korea!
It’s been a whirlwind, and a test of my character, and one of the most challenging things I will ever do. Despite the up and down of emotions and culture shock, it’s been a wonderful experience. Plus, I can finally make travel a priority in my life, and that’s the point of this blog to begin with!
12. Spending Christmas With a Loved One
This Guy came all the way to South Korea to spend the holidays. We’re silly, but he made my Christmas memorable and perfect. Thanks for visiting me, and most of all, thanks for being you!