Best of 2013 – By the Seat of My Skirt

Africa, France, Germany, Greece, Madagascar, Switzerland, Tanzania, Zanzibar — By on April 6, 2014 8:58 PM


This post is late, but I enjoyed reliving 2013 putting together the “Best Of” list!

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BEST ADVENTURE: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

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BEST CHALLENGE/ACHIEVEMENT: Summiting Kilimanjaro – 19,340 feet!

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BEST HOME AWAY FROM HOME: Stäfa, Switzerland

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COOLEST CREATURE: The Lemur

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BEST FIRST IMPRESSION: Naxos, Greece

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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.

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BEST CANOE TRIP: Canoeing down the Tsirbihina River, western Madagascar

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BEST RANT: I will not sell out my travel!

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WORST TOILET: The toilets of Kilimanjaro

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PRETTIEST WATER: Emerald Bay, Madagascar

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AND Paje Beach, Zanzibar

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COOLEST DOORS: The doors of Geneva, Switzerland

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BEST PLACE TO GO ON SAFARI: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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BEST ACCOMMODATION: Paje by Kite, Paje Beach, Zanzibar

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BEST PLACE TO VISIT A MASSAI VILLAGE: near Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

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COOLEST PLACE TO EXPLORE: Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park Madagascar

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FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE: Along the banks of the the Tsirbihina River, Madagascar

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BEST PLACE TO RIDE A SCOOTER: All around the island of Naxos, Greece

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CUTEST CAT: Lazy Lion seen on safari in the Serengeti, Tanzania

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STRONGEST PEOPLE: The porters of Kilimanjaro

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BEST CATHEDRAL: Kölner Dom, Cologne, Germany

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BEST SMILES: Kids on the banks of the the Tsirbihina River, Madagascar

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BEST BOOTS: Solomon – no blisters while climbing 7 days on Kili!

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BEST PLACE TO DINE AT SUNSET: At Paradiso, Naxos, Greece

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SWEETEST CULTURE: Swiss, so sweet, polite, and honest!

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BEST RUINS: The Parthenon in Athens, Greece

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BEST PLACE TO BBQ: On a hilltop in Stäfa, Switzerland overlooking the lake of Zurich

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BEST GLACIER: On the top of Mt. Kilimananjaro

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MOST PICTURESQUE CITY: Naxos, Greece

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BEST OYSTERS: Leucate, France

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OLDEST TREES: Avenue of Baobabs, Western Madagascar

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BEST HOMEMADE MEAL: Dinner at Daves, Naxos, Greece

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BEST GUIDE: Nolavy Robène who guided us down the Tsirbihina River, western Madagascar

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CITY THAT TAUGHT ME THE MOST: Athens, Greece

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BEST SUNRISE: At the top of Kilimanjaro, seeing the sun glistened upon the glaciers after climbing all night.

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BEST SUNSET: Seen on safari in the Serengeti, Tanzania

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MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY: Greece

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BEST PLACE TO KITEBOARD: Paje Beach, Zanzibar

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WINDIEST & MOST RAD PLACE TO KITE: Sakalava Bay, Madagascar

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BEST PLACE TO MEDITATE: EIAB Retreat with Thich Nhat Hahn in Cologne, Germany

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SWEETEST MOMENT: When Tom picked me a bouquet of flowers while biking through Venice, California.

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BEST THRILL: Jumping a little higher at Paje Beach, Zanzibar

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BEST BEACH: Mikri Vigla Beach, Naxos Island, Greece

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MOST PEACEFUL PERSON: Thich Nhat Hahn – photo taken at EIAB meditation retreat in Cologne, Germany

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COOLEST CRATER:  Ngorongoro Crater, where lots of cool animals roam

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MOST MEMORABLE PERSON: Sandy who I met in Madagascar. “This place is totally flipped out!”

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SADDEST MOMENT: When the ducks died on the Tsirbihina River, western Madagascar

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BEST PLACE TO CHILL: On a puff on the beach in Naxos, Greece

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BEST PLACE TO CAMP: On the quiet bank of the Tsirbihina River, Western Madagascar

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On Mount Kilimanjaro high above the clouds!

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MOST EMBARASSING/FUNNIEST MOMENT: Cultural taboo when catching the bouquet at a Swiss wedding

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BEST JUMP: Tom kiteboarding in Sakalava Bay, Madagascar

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BEST NATIONAL PARK: Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park Madagascar

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BEST PLACE TO PLAY HIDE & SEEK: Naxos, Greece

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COOLEST CHAMELEON: Found in Madagascar, where all the cool creatures live!

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MOST ROMANTIC COUNTRY: Naxos, Greece

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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!

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BEST VIEW: Summit of Mt. Zax, Naxos, Greece. At 1000 meters up you can see the other islands on on a clear day Turkey

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BEST RESTAURANT/FOOD: Greek! – Matina Tavern, Naxos, Greece

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BEST PLACE TO SPLURGE ON A ROOM: Grand Hotel, Diego Suarez, Madagascar

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CUTEST LEMUR: Bamboo Lemur just look at that face!

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BEST LAKE: Lake of Zurich, Switzerland

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COOLEST CLOUDS: Seen while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

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BEST BRIDGE: Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park Madagascar

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BEST PERFORMANCE:  African Scenic Safari Crew bidding us farewell with their song.

 

BEST BONFIRE: Huntington Beach, California

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BIGGEST KITE: Dave’s 17 meter North Dyno he flew kiting in La Palme Pond, Luecate, France

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BEST BIKE RIDE: Manhattan Beach to Malibu, California

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FAVORITE PHOTO: Young Malagasy boy canoeing down the Tsirbihina River, western Madagascar

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BEST GUIDES UP KILI: Bones, Antipas, Dennis

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and Barak!

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FAVORITE LOCAL SHOTS: Lovely Malagasy Ladies

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COLDEST MOMENT: Summit night on Kilimanjaro 13 tops and 5 pants!

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BEST SUP: Newport Beach, California

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MOST CROWDED CAMPSITE: Base camp, Mt. Kilimanjaro

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MOST SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURE: Madagascar, no plan, no problem!

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BEST KEPT SECRET: Naxos, Greece

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COUTRY THAT WOWED ME THE MOST: Greece – I was wowed by the history, beauty  & food!

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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.

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