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2013 – What it felt like

2013 for me meant a Georgian spring, a Greek summer, a Lithuanian autumn and a Spanish winter all intertwined with local trips with my best friends, lazy weekends and time for reading, drinking tea and …being happy, I guess.

Obviously, work, although not mentioned above, represents over 70% of this time but I like to look at it as a distraction, more of a means to an end, the end being that of experiencing happiness by doing what I love the most.

Time has flown by and here I am, in a new year with its challenges, surprises and quite amazing adventures. Looking back I cannot believe that all the things I was waiting for are already memories and new plans and ideas have already made way and waited only for the countdown at the end of 2013 to become reality.

2013 was an amazing year but 2014 will be better for so many reasons, and plans, because of wonderful friends and because I have set my mind to dream big many  years ago and I am still doing it, year by year.

 One of the great experiences of 2013 is definitely the trip to Georgia, for its landscapes and the photos I love so much, but also because it was the fullest and most interesting trip in terms of culture, history and the number of places seen and truly experienced. ( for more info about my trips check my  travel page: DarkClaudS around the world – Travel stories )

 Another memorable experience of 2013 is Mark Knopfler concert, a dream come true.

 In terms of books, I enjoyed Robin Hobb’s Farseer Saga and still am, since I am a few pages away from the end of it but I try to delay the inevitable since it is so hard to say goodbye to Fitz the Fool and their “pack”. ( for my full reading list for 2013 you can check out my page: It’s all about books )

 If years and people would have soundtrack mine would be Guaranteed by Eddie Vedder, the song I have listened a million times this year.

My favorite photo from this year is something I thought about for a long time and decided that the one image that tells a story I’ve felt with all my heart is this one:

thinking water

The plans and dreams for 2014 are either too silly or too big to mention now, when they are far from being turned into reality. All I can say is that January will be setting a very high standard for the rest of the months. 🙂

Because such a post cannot end without a list of things to stard doing or to do better next year, my scrap list would be the following:

  • To make more time for friends and family
  • To read a lot more books
  • To make some photobooks about the previous trips
  • To go someplace ( mountain, new city, new country, new restaurant, a concert, a movie) at least once a month.
  • To climb the highest peak in Romania, Moldoveanu
  • To plan an extravagant and very crazy adventure for 2015(saving money for it, also) and more importantly, to convince some good friends to join me in it.

That’s it for 2013, it has been great and I loved it although it’s the year that made me so much older. The only regret I have is that I have neglected this place badly since it got a lot more public than I would have liked it to be, so next year I will do my best to ignore the nosy readers and get back to the ususal stories, photos and other stuff that used to make this blog feel like home, a part of my home to share with friends and family.



3 Responses

  1. I can’t wait to hear more about your new adventures and I hope our paths meet again this year. 🙂


    • I can’t wait to tell you more about my new adventure too, it should be the best so far. I’m sure our paths will meet, do not know exaclty where, but they will. 🙂


  2. I’m eager to be amazed by those “silly” trips you are planning for this year.


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