20 for 2013: My year of travel in photographs
This blog post contains my ’20 for 2013’ – a roundup of my travel year in images. This year has been a tumultuous one and (without using the over-coined phrase ‘rollercoaster’) it has been a year with a definite mix of highs and lows.
I have been blessed with opportunities to travel to places that have long been on my bucket list of travel destinations, I have moved to Sierra Leone to live and work with the most wonderful children and teenagers and I have had been gifted with ever-supportive family and friends. Alongside all of this change and travel I have had my fair share of health issues this year. My wonderful husband Stephen and I were thrown a massive curve-ball in June when I was told I had a large pancreatic tumour. The excellent Royal London Hospital put me through a battery of tests and I was relieved to find after a couple of weeks that the tumour was benign and potentially treatable without a major operation. After a small procedure to reduce the size of tumour the waiting game then began and I set off to Sierra Leone with fingers and toes crossed for a recovery that would enable our big move to West Africa to go ahead without the constant worry of pancreatic problems. In November I thankfully found out that the tumour has shrunk and I am fine to continue to dart around the world unhindered.
Now living in Sierra Leone I post this blog from another West African destination – The Gambia. I do not include any photos from The Gambia as I am yet to spend significant time locked in my Lightroom. This post will instead include images from my other four major travel destinations this year:
1) Marrakech in February 2013
2) Mozambique in August 2013
3) Nicaragua in November 2013
4) Sierra Leone from September 2013
I thank God daily for my life and for the beautiful world I get to travel. As I have quoted on occasion before:
“I may only be scraping a living, but at least this is a life worth scraping” (Micky Smith – surf photographer)