My 15 Favorite Photos for the Year 2016

The year has come and gone. 2017 here we come!

But before we welcome the new year, let me recap memories gone by (so quick, right?) with a photo list of my faves. Like my previous year-ender post, I wanted to wrap up my travels these past 12 months with these precious photos. They have all been wonderful and amazing experiences! From the mind and body oriented yoga retreat and yet adventure filled short trip to Costa Rica to the jaw dropping views and sceneries of Ireland, there were so many things we learned about others and about ourselves as well. What is a trip without a lesson learned or two!

Here they are in no particular order. I hope these inspire you to dream and travel some more!

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Forest at Torc Falls, Killarney National Park, Ireland
Ballycarberry Castle, Ireland
Muckross Abbey, Ireland
Ross Castle, Killarney National Park, Ireland
St Finn Barre’s Cathedral, Ireland
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
the field and the beech tree
The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Killarney National Park, Ireland
El Higueron de Cabuya, Costa Rica
not a soul in sight
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
the access road from the beach to the main road
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

It’s 2016 already?!?

I remembered joining WordPress’ Blogging 101 early this year on a whim and I did not regret it one single bit. It opened me to a whole new “blogosphere” universe, learned a lot of techie blog stuff, met tons of awesome bloggers (yes, YOU know who you are!!!), got inspired some more and improved my blogging skills. I realized I am not alone after all!

And then came Blogging 102 and then Photography 101… which all helped me be the blogger I am today. Not that I am internet famous, haha, far from it, but looking back at when I wrote my very first post inspired by our Iceland trip and because a friend kept on egging me to start writing a blog, I have definitely come a looong way!

The year end brings about a lot of retrospection and introspection for most of us. Whether we like it or not, whether we try to avoid and hide all the painful memories, they are there and are a part of who we are today.

Though blogging is sometimes merely just a pastime for some, for others it is their lives, an extension of themselves, their livelihood. So we also have had some major downs in our blog life as well. My blog has seen lots of ups and downs, but mostly for its tremendous growth, I would have to thank the WordPress community for that. A rise in stats when I publish a post, lots of likes and comments make for me a happy blogger. Be honest, you want your work to be appreciated and positive feedback is even better. Interacting with your readers and fellow bloggers I look forward to the most. Granting you write for yourself first and foremost but unless you intend for your blog to be a personal and private journal then why publish online in the first place. On hindsight, we all blog for different reasons anyway.

I also realized I have to make a few changes to my blog, possibly change my header (new look!) and tweak out something here and there. The biggest change however would have to be removing the “Music” category. Didn’t get a lot of hits out of that one. This blog has never been about music in the first place, I just added that there before because certain songs reminded me of the state of mind I was in. I am no longer THERE as I have moved on so to keep up with the New Year, I need a fresh new look. As for when I will do that, hmm…. it’ll happen soon.

It also amazes me looking at my stats again that people from different parts of the world have visited my blog. I did a quick scan of the countries and three of them stood out: Guernsey, Isle of Man and Uzbekistan. First of all, I have never heard of Guernsey in my life before (have you?) so I googled it and turns out, it is an island of the British crown dependency located in the English Channel. Very interesting.

A warm hello to the reader from Guernsey!!!

Here’s where it gets more interesting. Isle of Man I have sorta heard of it but never knew where it was so I googled again. It is another island of the British crown dependency in between Ireland and England. Do you think this is the same person from Guernsey?

Another cheerful hello to the reader from Isle of Man!!!

And lastly, Uzbekistan. Any country ending in “stan” I figured comes from the former Soviet Republic. But really, somebody from Uzbekistan bothered to read my blog? Maybe not read read, but came across by accident or skimmed through probably researching for something. Still, I am utterly in awe.

A sunshiny hello from Florida to the reader from Uzbekistan!!!

The world has gotten smaller indeed.

Meanwhile, if you are still reading this very long post, and you have nothing else to do, from the Stats section, I have compiled my ten most visited posts since I first started blogging.

  1. About Me (Home) page
  2. My 12 Hours as a Night Shift Nurse
  3. Who is That Traveling Nurse (same as the About Me page)
  4. Why I Fell in Love with the Dominican Treehouse Village
  5. A Haiku on Symmetry
  6. We Cry Sometimes Too
  7. Rural Road Trippin’: Tabuelan, Philippines
  8. A Haiku on Scale
  9. A Haiku on Depth
  10. The Versatile Blogger Award

Happy Blogging and a HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!!!



My 15 Favorite Photos for the Year 2015

Inspired by Jeff of Planet Bell and Rechito of Expedition Hobo, I decided to come up with my very own photo journal year-ender. Actually, this is such a great idea that I will try to do this every year for my blog. It’s so simple. Just look back at my photos from the past year and decide which ones  make the cut. I am going for 15 photos this year.

For me, 2015 has been a much better year than the last one. I can’t complain. There was not a lot of international travel as we only went to the Dominican Republic in May and to the Caribbean early in December. I haven’t even blogged about our Caribbean trip yet as that would have to happen in the next few days. But for the most part, my annual travel report involves local travel and the outdoors (and a lot of waterfalls!). Personally, I grew as a blogger and as a wife. Mid year, my hubby and I also sorta switched careers from being a regular nurse to a traveling nurse (sounds familiar?) which made our lives much more interesting and dare I say, certainly not stress-free.

Without much further ado, here are my faves. Hope you like them as much as I loved them!

Moore Cove Falls, North Carolina
Moore Creek, North Carolina
Looking Glass Falls, North Carolina
Triple Falls, North Carolina
Ruby Falls, Tennessee
Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina
Linville River, North Carolina
Old Mt. Mitchell Trail, Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina
Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina
Cascada El Limon, Samana, Dominican Republic
Playa El Valle, Samana, Dominican Republic
Playa El Valle, Samana, Dominican Republic
Dominican Treehouse Village, Samana, Dominican Republic
dandelion in Melbourne, Florida
young boy, Samana, Dominican Republic


2014 in review (That Traveling Nurse is Eleven Months Old!!!)

Just a little something something to whoever is interested in reading my blog’s year end review. Nothing big here, no earth-shattering, record breaking numbers and stats. Only good and positive vibes. But seriously, I really do appreciate the “helper monkeys” at WordPress for doing this tedious task.

And to all my family, friends and readers, THANK YOU for coming along with me in this journey!!!! Here’s to more stories in the months, and maybe years to come!!!

Happy Eleven Months!!!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.