How was 2016?
Lovely? A mixture of happiness, ups, downs, excitement, disappointment, surprises, monotonous or beyond what you could ever think of?
May be it was all and may be, none. But, I am sure you are done looking back, gathering what you could from 2016, and whether you wanted to or not, you are in 2017.
So, here I am, wishing you a year full of all, for life is beautiful with all its color and shades. That said, 2016, am sure, must have given you things to learn, ponder, and I can only hope you will not repeat those mistakes, be a better version of who you were. go to those places you kept postponing, do what you thought could wait, and make most of it.
Now, let’s take a glimpse at my 2016, if you are still with me. Let’s walk with this nomad in making for a bit, step by step, if you may.
Jan: The month went by in a flash. Catching up with work, friends, making it to local places I grew up hearing but never went to, trying new places to satiate the foodie in me.
Feb: Work gave me enough high to keep my feet steady but then I made it to a quick weekend to Bidar. A relaxing road trip on a weekend filled with mischievousness, fun, and much more with friends.
March: Honestly, I have no idea when this sneaky month went away nor can I find or remember what I did. May be more of day dreaming?
April: Ah! The solo traveller in me took the plunge and against all the raised eyebrows, I went to Ooty. It wasn’t disappointing at all. I made friends, did local trips, chatted frittering away hours with locals. It made me learn that visiting the most frequent chosen place isn’t that bad either because you can still travel in your way.
May: My month of the year. Impromptu. Amazing. Randomness and lots of fun.
Read in brief the enriching experience, both in words and visually through my clicks, and get a reason to hit the road heading to Pondicherry now.
June: These were the months I was picking up photography little by little. From a guy who couldn’t make head or tail of basics had made a start. Regardless of how small it was 🙂 Also, this month was spent in planning a little of what was to come ahead.
July: I went to stay in Denmark, a place I love for reasons beyond. Read my experience and why roskilde will take your breath away.
Let’s head a little further after spending time here in Denmark. I did day trips in Denmark, cycling, and, as the month was about to end, I hit on one of the best trips of the year- Portugal. Forts, trek, beaches, forest, castles, ocean, caves, and what not. Name it, and Portu gave that to me <3
Mesmerizing in every way. Hellerod, Copenhagen, Sintra, Algarve, lagos, sagres 🙂 I got to travel to amazing places, meet a top Indian blogger on this trip and thus was able to bring back home memories to cherish 🙂
Aug, Sep: It was all about staying back at home. Trying my hand at night photography and a little more fun back at my place 🙂 Sharing my first attempt at night photography (am a novice, please be kind :D)
Oct: This month called for another long solo trip where I spent my days in beautiful cities of Rajasthan. Jaipur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Jodhpur, Pushkar,and Jaisalmer. I couldn’t have fallen more in love with the place, people, history and so much around.
The month ended with a bang at home with Diwali celebrations 🙂
Nov: November came in and I couldn’t stop but go to Hampi. This is again a memorable trip for I made friends who would stay by me always (and vice versa), followed it to Mysore, and then Coorg with friends.
Dec: As the year was about to end, with the last month, I busied myself gathering all love I could. I somehow reached Chennai, then Mahabalipuram, and then ended the year amid tranquility, and mountains at Uttarakhand returning to Delhi to meet fellas.
Now, that I look back, so much has happened in just the last year. So many amazingly beautiful memories. But then, writing took a back seat and I let the excuses and laziness crawl in.
I have hardly been able to share two of my experiences throughout the year of all and as 2017 kicks in, I promise to write and elaborate more on each experience, sharing my tales and perspective regarding each place I visited alongside trying to weave fictional stories.
Blogosphere, here I am, wishing a wonderful blogging year ahead to all of you. Your feedback as always would be appreciated. Looking forward to catching up with old friends, making new ones, and staying loyal to the blogs I love from years 🙂
Before, this nomad writer signs off (from this arguably long post?), I will wrap up with just one more (the last one, I swear) click.
All images have been clicked by me 🙂
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(P.S. Ani, (Shweta, the blogger) I will skip the thank you part for packing the year with amazingly beautiful memories, successfully pulling off the miracle of a trip with this budget traveller 😛 , and well, everything. But, this post wouldn’t have been without your continuous persuasions. So, cheers to super blogging and many more trips (hopefully many more or at least few together 😉 )