2018: A Year of Wandering

I realize that we’re pushing pretty far into the new year to be still reviewing last year. But, if you’ll indulge me, I’m going to share just one more. I’ve enjoyed the process of laying out my year visually like this. Pulling this post together has filled me with such immense gratitude. These pictures represent so many moments—some of them exquisite, some of them truly challenging. But that’s what wandering is all about. It enlivens and emboldens me. None of that comes without the work of stretching.

Cities

Our travel was centered (mostly) close to home this year. We are feeling acutely the limits of our time here in Poland. We still have so much of this country we want to explore. We let that guide our wandering plans. So, though we did venture a bit farther afield, most of our wandering time was spent in new corners of this country we’ve come to love.

Warsaw, Poland (of course)

Warsaw, Poland (of course)

Kentucky, United States

Kentucky, United States

St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri

Brok, Poland

Brok, Poland

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

Łódź, Poland

Łódź, Poland

Białowieża, Poland

Białowieża, Poland

Hanau, Germany

Hanau, Germany

Neuhausen, Germany

Neuhausen, Germany

Bolesławiec, Poland

Bolesławiec, Poland

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Görlitz,Germany/Zgorzelec,Poland

Görlitz,Germany/Zgorzelec,Poland

Freiberg, Germany

Freiberg, Germany

Seligenstadt, Germany

Seligenstadt, Germany

Snaefellsbaer, Iceland

Snaefellsbaer, Iceland

Arnarstapi, Iceland

Arnarstapi, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Gdańsk, Poland

Gdańsk, Poland

Preston, England

Preston, England

 

Castles

This was a bit of an accidental category. We didn’t set out to specialize in castles. But, looking through our pictures I see that we’ve found ourselves in a fair number of castles (or ruins) this year. I suppose it’s an occupational hazard of living and wandering in Europe.

Purschenstein Castle, Germany

Purschenstein Castle, Germany

Janowiec Castle, Poland

Janowiec Castle, Poland

Esther’s Castle, Poland

Esther’s Castle, Poland

Kazimierz Dolny Castle, Poland

Kazimierz Dolny Castle, Poland

Ruins of a Carmelite Monestary, Zagorz  (I know it’s not technically a castle—but it’s all ruiny and beautiful, and, besides, it was once fortified so I’m including it)

Ruins of a Carmelite Monestary, Zagorz

(I know it’s not technically a castle—but it’s all ruiny and beautiful, and, besides, it was once fortified so I’m including it)

Czocha Castle, Poland

Czocha Castle, Poland

Chojnik Castle, Poland

Chojnik Castle, Poland

Malbork Castle, Poland

Malbork Castle, Poland

Outdoor Adventures

This category, on the other hand, was a very intentional choice. We had wonderful experiences in various cities we’ve visited. We love exploring their history and walking their streets. But, we made a particular effort to spend time outside this year. We have fallen in love with the nature in this country. There is so much to discover, and we’re barely scratching the surface. My trip to Iceland with my son also contributed powerfully in this area. The more of the world I see the more I am in awe of its variety. I am grateful for every time I can get out into it.

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Korzeniowy Dol Gorge, Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

Korzeniowy Dol Gorge, Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

Tri-Borders Hike, Bieszczady Mountains, Poland (and Slovakia & Ukraine)

Tri-Borders Hike, Bieszczady Mountains, Poland (and Slovakia & Ukraine)

Hike to Bukowe Berdo, Bieszczady Mountains, Poland

Hike to Bukowe Berdo, Bieszczady Mountains, Poland

Hike to Połonina Wetlińska, Bieszczady Mountains, Poland

Hike to Połonina Wetlińska, Bieszczady Mountains, Poland

Hike to Tarnica, Bieszczady Mountains, Poland

Hike to Tarnica, Bieszczady Mountains, Poland

Bastei Bridge, Saxon Switzerland National Park, Germany

Bastei Bridge, Saxon Switzerland National Park, Germany

Secret Lagoon Hot Springs, Iceland

Secret Lagoon Hot Springs, Iceland

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Kirkjufell Mountain, Iceland

Kirkjufell Mountain, Iceland

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Þingvellir National Park, Iceland

Þingvellir National Park, Iceland

Haukadalur Geothermal Area, Iceland

Haukadalur Geothermal Area, Iceland

Djúpalónssandur Beach, Iceland

Djúpalónssandur Beach, Iceland

Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Iceland

Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Iceland

Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Hike to Chojnik Castle, Jelina Gora, Poland

Hike to Chojnik Castle, Jelina Gora, Poland

Mushroom Rocks, Stołowe Mountains, Poland

Mushroom Rocks, Stołowe Mountains, Poland

Errant Rocks Hike, Stołowe Mountains, Poland

Errant Rocks Hike, Stołowe Mountains, Poland

Szczeliniec Wielki Hike, Stołowe Mountains, Poland

Szczeliniec Wielki Hike, Stołowe Mountains, Poland

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