2013, a year of extremes in pictures

I’m gazing out of the window, the rain is lashing down in ‘sheets’, driven by high winds that are bending trees at an alarming angle. Although only early in the afternoon, the light has already started to fail, making it seem more night than day. The traditional New Year’s Day walk has been postponed – in truth cancelled – due to a general reluctance to endure the terrible weather in person.

My mind keeps wandering over the year just past: this time last year we were celebrating the arrival of 2013 in Sucre, Bolivia, our home for a year. Although we would spend another few months in Bolivia, we were already planning a journey north that would take us through Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, before returning to Bolivia. In between, we’d visit Argentina and Chile, Bolivia’s wealthier neighbours, for a change of scene and cuisine.

The Fiesta de Virgen de Guadalupe, Sucre, Bolivia
The Fiesta de Virgen de Guadalupe, Sucre, Bolivia
The Fiesta de Virgen de Guadalupe, Sucre, Bolivia
The Fiesta de Virgen de Guadalupe, Sucre, Bolivia

So, with one eye on the coming year, here’s my homage to 2013, a year which took us from the heart of South America to the heart of Central America. A journey from the high Andean mountains of Bolivia to the turquoise waters of Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, and back again, before returning to Britain.

Adobe church and Vulcan Sajama, Sajama, Bolivia
Adobe church and Vulcan Sajama, Sajama, Bolivia
Siloli Desert, Bolivia
Siloli Desert, Bolivia
Salinas Grandes, Argentina
Salinas Grandes, Argentina
Cemetery in the Atacama Desert, Chile
Cemetery in the Atacama Desert, Chile
Fiesta in Cuzco, Peru
Fiesta in Cuzco, Peru
Magical Machu Picchu, Peru
Magical Machu Picchu, Peru
Oasis of Huacachina, Peru
Oasis of Huacachina, Peru
A woman sits on a Botero sculpture, Medellin, Colombia
A woman sits on a Botero sculpture, Medellin, Colombia
Cartagena, Colombia
Cartagena, Colombia
The Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal, Panama
The beautiful San Blas Islands, Panama
The beautiful San Blas Islands, Panama
The Pacific Ocean from La Cruz, Costa Rica
The Pacific Ocean from La Cruz, Costa Rica
The magnificent Granada, Nicaragua
The magnificent Granada, Nicaragua
The idyllic Pearl Keys, Nicaragua
The idyllic Pearl Keys, Nicaragua
Glorious Little Corn Island, Nicaragua
Glorious Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

…finally, returning to reality in London…un feliz y próspero año nuevo por todo.

Tower Bridge, London, England
Tower Bridge, London, England

8 thoughts on “2013, a year of extremes in pictures

  1. Only one sunset? You disappoint me.
    x

    1. It’s a miracle that I remembered what the sun looks like. I haven’t seen a sunrise, sunset, sunfullstop for weeks. Since you’ve moved to Manchester you should probably get used to that.

  2. It is a great review! I adore Bolivia! May your travels find more blue skies 🙂

    1. It has been so miserable here – the weather – I sincerely hope for more blue skies. I suspect you have plenty of blue overhead, one of the benefits of winter/summer south of the Equator.

      1. In my part of the world, it’s not that sunny…. it’s too far south and has weather that can often be four seasons in one day. If I want to go swimming, I’ll need a wet suit, as the water is a stream up from Antartica! No kidding.

        1. Strangely, that makes feel slightly happier with our weather. I don’t think I remember a worse spell of weather for many a year. I was thinking of Bolivia, at this time of year it rains hard for a couple of hours and then its blue skies and sunshine.

  3. You have officially made me jealous!,

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