Having written briefly about our new plans for 2013, publishing a review of our last 12 months today seemed appropriate. I’ll keep the text short and let the photos tell most of the story.
If I had to sum up 2012 in a word, ‘Connection’ is the first thing that comes to mind. From connecting with conversation partners and teaching workshops in Indonesia, to connecting with an immense amount of members of the HDR community, and even rather humbly leading my own small HDR community which has helped to connect others. I feel privileged to know that no matter how far away I am from civilisation, I still feel part of something important.
I’m looking forward to all the wonders that 2013 will bring!
And more importantly, through my daily blog I’ve connected with a whole new set of readers who 12 months ago I didn’t know existed.
We arrived back in the UK in January for the first time in 2 years. Despite being surrounded by familiarity, we felt completely removed and out of sorts. Reuniting with friends and family made us realise how much we missed them.
King’s Cross station – London
We arrived back in Korea after two weeks in the UK. Our last weekend in Seoul was a long farewell celebration with the close friends we’d made during our 2 years on the Korean peninsula.
Seoul from Namsan Tower
Moving to Indonesia for 6 months introduced us to a simple language, complex culture, and immensely beautiful spiritual sites.
We climbed an active volcano at midnight and enjoyed a magnificent sunrise
One of our visa runs took us to the chaotic city of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
Basilica in Ho Chi Minh
We spent a fantastic few days with friends on the undeveloped island of Karimunjawa
A fishing boat at sunset
We had an unfortunate night of sleeping with rats and bathing in human excrement while at this hotel on the sea in Karimunjawa
Before moving onto the mysteries of West Java and then Bali, we had the amazing fortune to explore the rural potato region of Dieng.
A volcanic lake
We were exposed to the horrible conditions the sulfur workers at Ijen crater face for a measly $10 per day.
We battled to the front of the madness to get a view of Mount Bromo at sunrise
And another visa run allowed us to visit my favourite place in the world – Singapore
Our final Indonesian destination was Bali, where HDR One was created
We arrived back in the UK in August, this time to get married and for me to get to know my native North East region a little better.
After buying Besty, our trusty motor, we made our way to France to begin our house sitting adventures.
Our first house sit
We had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful castle and town of Beynac, where the movie Chocolat was filmed
And the magical gardens of Marqueyssac
And not to mention the lovely new friends we’ve met