This post is late, but I enjoyed reliving 2013 putting together the “Best Of” list!
BEST ADVENTURE: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
BEST CHALLENGE/ACHIEVEMENT: Summiting Kilimanjaro – 19,340 feet!
BEST HOME AWAY FROM HOME: Stäfa, Switzerland
COOLEST CREATURE: The Lemur
BEST FIRST IMPRESSION: Naxos, Greece
BEST DAY HIKE: There is a great hiking trail Glarus, Switzerland that takes you up 1800 meters to a mountain pass and loops around for stunning views of Klöntalersee lake and the alps.
BEST CANOE TRIP: Canoeing down the Tsirbihina River, western Madagascar
BEST RANT: I will not sell out my travel!
WORST TOILET: The toilets of Kilimanjaro
PRETTIEST WATER: Emerald Bay, Madagascar
COOLEST DOORS: The doors of Geneva, Switzerland
BEST PLACE TO GO ON SAFARI: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
BEST ACCOMMODATION: Paje by Kite, Paje Beach, Zanzibar
BEST PLACE TO VISIT A MASSAI VILLAGE: near Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
COOLEST PLACE TO EXPLORE: Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park Madagascar
FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE: Along the banks of the the Tsirbihina River, Madagascar
BEST PLACE TO RIDE A SCOOTER: All around the island of Naxos, Greece
STRONGEST PEOPLE: The porters of Kilimanjaro
BEST CATHEDRAL: Kölner Dom, Cologne, Germany
BEST SMILES: Kids on the banks of the the Tsirbihina River, Madagascar
BEST BOOTS: Solomon – no blisters while climbing 7 days on Kili!
BEST PLACE TO DINE AT SUNSET: At Paradiso, Naxos, Greece
SWEETEST CULTURE: Swiss, so sweet, polite, and honest!
BEST RUINS: The Parthenon in Athens, Greece
BEST PLACE TO BBQ: On a hilltop in Stäfa, Switzerland overlooking the lake of Zurich
BEST GLACIER: On the top of Mt. Kilimananjaro
MOST PICTURESQUE CITY: Naxos, Greece
BEST OYSTERS: Leucate, France
OLDEST TREES: Avenue of Baobabs, Western Madagascar
BEST HOMEMADE MEAL: Dinner at Daves, Naxos, Greece
CITY THAT TAUGHT ME THE MOST: Athens, Greece
BEST SUNRISE: At the top of Kilimanjaro, seeing the sun glistened upon the glaciers after climbing all night.
BEST SUNSET: Seen on safari in the Serengeti, Tanzania
MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY: Greece
BEST PLACE TO KITEBOARD: Paje Beach, Zanzibar
WINDIEST & MOST RAD PLACE TO KITE: Sakalava Bay, Madagascar
BEST PLACE TO MEDITATE: EIAB Retreat with Thich Nhat Hahn in Cologne, Germany
SWEETEST MOMENT: When Tom picked me a bouquet of flowers while biking through Venice, California.
BEST THRILL: Jumping a little higher at Paje Beach, Zanzibar
BEST BEACH: Mikri Vigla Beach, Naxos Island, Greece
MOST PEACEFUL PERSON: Thich Nhat Hahn – photo taken at EIAB meditation retreat in Cologne, Germany
COOLEST CRATER: Ngorongoro Crater, where lots of cool animals roam
MOST MEMORABLE PERSON: Sandy who I met in Madagascar. “This place is totally flipped out!”
SADDEST MOMENT: When the ducks died on the Tsirbihina River, western Madagascar
BEST PLACE TO CHILL: On a puff on the beach in Naxos, Greece
BEST PLACE TO CAMP: On the quiet bank of the Tsirbihina River, Western Madagascar
On Mount Kilimanjaro high above the clouds!
MOST EMBARASSING/FUNNIEST MOMENT: Cultural taboo when catching the bouquet at a Swiss wedding
BEST JUMP: Tom kiteboarding in Sakalava Bay, Madagascar
BEST NATIONAL PARK: Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park Madagascar
BEST PLACE TO PLAY HIDE & SEEK: Naxos, Greece
COOLEST CHAMELEON: Found in Madagascar, where all the cool creatures live!
MOST ROMANTIC COUNTRY: Naxos, Greece
MOST EXHAUSTED MOMENT: When I finally reached the summit of summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft!) having climbed for 7 hours through the freezing dark of night. Summit was reached after 6 days of climbing!
BEST VIEW: Summit of Mt. Zax, Naxos, Greece. At 1000 meters up you can see the other islands on on a clear day Turkey
BEST RESTAURANT/FOOD: Greek! – Matina Tavern, Naxos, Greece
BEST PLACE TO SPLURGE ON A ROOM: Grand Hotel, Diego Suarez, Madagascar
CUTEST LEMUR: Bamboo Lemur just look at that face!
BEST LAKE: Lake of Zurich, Switzerland
COOLEST CLOUDS: Seen while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
BEST BRIDGE: Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park Madagascar
BEST PERFORMANCE: African Scenic Safari Crew bidding us farewell with their song.
BEST BONFIRE: Huntington Beach, California
BIGGEST KITE: Dave’s 17 meter North Dyno he flew kiting in La Palme Pond, Luecate, France
BEST BIKE RIDE: Manhattan Beach to Malibu, California
BEST GUIDES UP KILI: Bones, Antipas, Dennis
FAVORITE LOCAL SHOTS: Lovely Malagasy Ladies
COLDEST MOMENT: Summit night on Kilimanjaro 13 tops and 5 pants!
BEST SUP: Newport Beach, California
MOST CROWDED CAMPSITE: Base camp, Mt. Kilimanjaro
MOST SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURE: Madagascar, no plan, no problem!
BEST KEPT SECRET: Naxos, Greece
COUTRY THAT WOWED ME THE MOST: Greece – I was wowed by the history, beauty & food!
BEST PLACES TO VISIT AGAIN:
Greece: So many islands, so little time. So gorgeous, so interesting, so yummy, I must go back!
South Africa: I was only in Johannesberg for 1 day and only got to visit the hospital
Madagascar: The island is huge, so much left unexplored! I want to visit the South next.