2010 has, without a doubt, been an amazing year for me. There were so many incredible experiences and beautiful countries that I visited this year. I’m afraid I couldn’t just pick the usual three for Montage Monday. Here are the highlights from 2010:
|Kyaiktiyo Pagoda with my family|
Spending a month in Burma with my family and visiting my relatives living in Burma was a great experience for me. Burma is such a beautiful country, the people are lovely and the food is just wonderful! I wish I had more opportunities to visit Burma and hopefully, I’ll be able to make it back to Burma again before I leave Asia.
|In an inspired moment of meditation|
Learning to meditate in India was something I was really looking forward to doing and pretty much the only thing I had planned for 2010. The 10-day meditation retreat really made an impression on me and I enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately, after leaving the retreat, I was unable to stay with the meditation program due to, well, mostly laziness on my part. I keep meaning to get back into meditation and I’m hoping that soon, I’ll find the motivation to start practicing again.
|Prayer flags blowing in the wind at Thorung La Pass|
Things didn’t start so well in Nepal, but trekking the Annapurna Circuit all the way up to Thorung La (5,416 meters or 17,769 feet) was an incredible accomplishment for me, both physically and mentally. It was the first time I had ever done anything so physically and emotionally demanding and draining. I was literally about to fall over when I reached the pass but the sense of victory and pride will stay with me for a long time!
|With some of our students from the volunteer program|
Matt and I spent three months volunteering in Thailand with Burmese migrant workers and their children. It was such a rewarding program. Matt and I had so much fun teaching English and guitar lessons to the kids, who are, obviously, quite adorable. And yes, I did cry when we had to leave!
|In India, one of our first photos together|
Meeting Matt this year. Yes, yes, we will wait for you to stop vomiting over the gushiness of this 2010 experience I’m highlighting. Pause. Are you done now? It’s a long and rather complicated story, the story of meeting in India, traveling together, falling in love (sigh) and then the subsequent relationship. We’re the first to tell you that we know how unconventional our relationship is and that it has been no easy ride, but we both feel very lucky to have met each other and continue to marvel at how far we’ve come together.
So as you can see, 2010 was quite the year. I’m pretty sure that 2011 will be even better because of – oh wait! I haven’t posted the BIG NEWS yet! Whew, that was a close one! Sorry to keep you hanging on but the news isn’t completely ready to be revealed. Soon, I promise!
© Connie Hum 2010