2013: The Year in Photos

2013 was a big year for me. 9 countries. 10 U.S. States plus Washington, D.C. 28 flights. 9 train rides. 3 bus rides. And 1 truly miserable ferry ride. I traversed over 83,000 miles in 2013 (over 133,500 km), more than doubling the record that I set last year! I spent so much time on the road this year that I only spent 112 days at home in New York City. I’ve spent the past few days looking back through the photos from the past year and I’ve put together some of my favorites to share with you!

2013: The Year in Photos

A flower at a name on a rainy day at NYC's 9/11 Memorial.

A flower at a name on a rainy day at NYC’s 9/11 Memorial.

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on a crisp fall day.

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on a crisp fall day.

The stunning interior of Montreal's Notre Dame Basilica

The stunning interior of Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica

A cactus blooms along the Watchman Trail at Utah's  Zion National Park

A cactus blooms along the Watchman Trail at Utah’s Zion National Park

A dock in Penang National Park, Malaysia

A dock in Penang National Park, Malaysia

A dramatic sky over a rice paddy in Tana Toraja, Indonesia

A dramatic sky over a rice paddy in Tana Toraja, Indonesia

The smoldering crater of Mount Bromo in Java, Indonesia

The smoldering crater of Mount Bromo in Java, Indonesia

Women plant rice in a muddy rice paddy in Tana Toraja, Indonesia.

Women plant rice in a muddy rice paddy in Tana Toraja, Indonesia.

A chandelier at the Hong Kong Performing Arts Center

A chandelier at the Hong Kong Performing Arts Center

A sky bridge between mountains in Langkawi, Malaysia

A sky bridge between mountains in Langkawi, Malaysia

A car is hoisted onto a ship at Jakarta's bustling port

A car is hoisted onto a ship at Jakarta’s bustling port

A lone Buddha overlooking Borobodur Temple in Java, Indonesia

A lone Buddha overlooking Borobudur Temple in Java, Indonesia

Looking out over the head of a Buddha at Borobodur Temple in Java, Indonesia

Looking out over the head of a Buddha at Borobudur Temple in Java, Indonesia

Taipei 101, once the world's tallest building, under a dramatic sky

Taipei 101, once the world’s tallest building, under a dramatic sky

The sun, dramatically set between branches of a dead tree at Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park

The sun, dramatically set between branches of a dead tree at Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park

 2013: The Year in Sunsets

Okay, so these aren’t all sunsets (some are sunrises), but I hope you enjoy!

Sunset in Sarasota, Florida, USA

Sunset in Sarasota, Florida, USA

Sunset along New York's Hudson River

Sunset along New York’s Hudson River

Sunset along the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco's Ocean Beach.

Sunset along the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco’s Ocean Beach (taken on Christmas Eve!)

Sunrise at Washington National Airport

Sunrise at Washington National Airport

Sunset in Langkawi, Malaysia

Sunset in Langkawi, Malaysia

My first Indonesian sunset in Makassar, Indonesia.

My first Indonesian sunset in Makassar, Indonesia.

Sunset along New York Harbor.

Sunset along New York Harbor.

Borobudur Temple at Sunrise

Indonesia’s Borobudur Temple at Sunrise

Sunset from an Indonesian aircraft as a volcano peeks through the clouds.

Sunset from an Indonesian aircraft as a volcano peeks through the clouds.

Here’s to 2014!

2013 has been quite a year but I’m excited to find out what 2014 will bring! I’m not sure it will be quite as exciting as this year (what with my spontaneous trip and all), but it will definitely be a year of changes in my life. And I can’t wait to see where things end up a year from now! Happy New Year, and thanks for reading!

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14 Responses to 2013: The Year in Photos

  1. Talon December 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    I love that Hong Kong chandelier photo!

    • Aaron December 30, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

      Me too! It’s one of my favorites of something so seemingly simple.

  2. Laura December 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    I really like the Notre Dame basilica and the reflection of the sky in the Indonesia photo. Happy New Year to you!

    • Aaron December 30, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      The dramatic sky with the rice paddy from Tana Toraja? Thanks! I love that one! And I went to a light and sound show at the Notre Dame Basilica (which was a bit of a tourist trap) that came with a big reveal of the church…made it all the more jaw dropping! Happy New Year to you too!

  3. RaW | Ramble and Wander December 30, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    I love that last photo!

    • Aaron December 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

      I know! My flight had been delayed about 2 hours so I was very lucky to catch the sunset like that! Had my flight been on time, I never would have gotten this photo!

  4. Jeff January 2, 2014 at 4:02 am #

    Notre Dame basilica is my favorite. Wishing you a Happy 2014

    • Aaron January 2, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

      Yeah, it was really stunning, especially since I went to the cheesy “sound and light show,” which was rather blah as the church was covered in fabric for the projections. But it did come with a spectacular reveal of the church itself that literally took my breath away!

  5. Dani January 5, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    Great photos, Aaron, you’ve had quite a year! 🙂 Love the sunset photo at the airport! Any travel plans for 2014 yet?

    • Aaron January 6, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

      Thanks Dani! Alas, my only travel plans in 2014 so far are trips out to San Francisco to see my 6-month-old nephew (and the rest of my family!) We’ll see what else comes up…

  6. Kim July 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    Great photos. I really like the one of Taipei 101.

    • Aaron July 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

      Thanks!

  7. Craig July 26, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    Beautiful photos, I feel like I’ve now seen the sun set at every corner of the earth

    • Aaron August 7, 2014 at 12:35 am #

      Hehe, thanks!

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