2016 was a plentiful year in terms of travels. In fact, it was so far the year that made me accomplish many of the trips I had in my bucket list: not only I had the chance to visit more countries and cities than ever but also to live two expat experiences.
As my regular readers know, from October’15 until June’16 I lived in Riga. My girlfriend had the chance to work in the capital of Latvia and our motivation took us there, an unknown country for both of us but, as we predicted, an open door to other countries.
For someone who grew up reading Russian literature and learning the language, a visit to Saint Petersburg and Moscow was a dream come true! And it didn’t disappointed.
Being challenged by latvian weather and discovering russian charms
In Saint Petersburg I had the chance to follow the steps of some of my favorite authors, like Gogol and Dostoievski, roaming for real in the streets that I had roamed by fiction some years before.
Moscow was more than a surprise. Instead of a industrial city, I found a splendorous and bright city, with pleasant parks and amazing orthodox churches to discover.
Reykjavik is a small city but can be also seen as a big village. Cozy, green and young, Reykjavik was a great surprise: we could walk everywhere and appreciate the local street art, as well as relax in a park or went to a live show.
In Iceland we could notice how culture is significant. I can assure you, in Reykjavik it seems every street has a records shop and a library.
Being surprised by the colours of Cinque Terre and Reykjavik
Plus, nature is so present everywhere that I felt constantly surprised: lakes and trees, sea and mountains are an invitation to contemplate. A good example was our visit to the Blue Lagoon: pure nature.
Last but not least, another trip that marked this year was Cinque Terre! How couldn’t right? Cinque Terre is one of the most iconic places I’ve ever been to.
Wish we had more time to discover each village more deeply, one day only made us realize that we will definitely return there someday.
Maybe next year. I don’t know yet… To be honest, I believe 2017 will bring to me and my girlfriend different destinatons, hopefully even more exotic. If possible, we are looking for some new expat challenges. We will see and let you know here, our unique stable address.
p.s: what about you, what were the destinations that surprised you the most in 2016? And what are your travel plans for 2017?