2010 was a mixed year, but when it was good, it was really good. From a few frozen months finishing my contract in Seoul, to a solo trip to Nepal, meeting Rachel in SE Asia, meeting old friends in Kuala Lumpur, and then returning to the States in the middle of the year.
I’ve looked back and picked a picture from each month; a picture that in some way encapsulated that time. Without further ado:
January was a cold penultimate month in Korea, with lots of urban wanders and going away drinks. I didn’t have a camera for some of January, so the pictures were sparse, but this one captures the month pretty well.
My first day in Nepal, after the longest flight of my life (with delays, something like 3/1/2 days), was Holi. With cries of Happy Holi and a shut-down Katmandu, it was good warning for the ensuing madness of the next few months.
March saw the culmination of a goal I had saved for over a year. The Annapurna Circuit was everything I had hoped for; this picture was taken at Thorung La, one of the highest passes of the world.
My last month in Nepal saw a visit to Chitwan, a national park with lots of animals.
May saw another life goal–Angkor Wat. Our favorite temple was Bang Meleay, a bit of a trip from Siem Riep but a worthwhile trip in and of itself.
June gets two pictures–one of meeting my old friends in Malaysia. It was so great to see them and experience their hospitality. It was the perfect end to a year-and-a-half in Asia.
On the flip side, some time with my family at the beach was the perfect re-introduction to the US.
Here we are, at 7:30 am, about to embark on an urban hike throughout Portland that ended up, about 3 pm, at a brewpub.
This isn’t a great picture, but it was a big harvest moon
in our rad neighborhood.