How can I possibly sum up 2014? It was my best year yet on this fulfilling yet unpredictable journey as a freelance travel writer and photographer.
A year that took me to a different country almost every month of the year, from far-flung New Zealand to my beloved Caribbean and Central American region, and exciting destinations like Haiti.
A year in which I landed several print travel writing assignments, including for in-flight magazines–one of which required me to fly to Jamaica, research, write and shoot the feature story, all under a week’s time. Another had me write a feature article on Belize that landed in the same issue as my dear friend and colleague Lola Akinmade Akerstrom’s article (which she appropriately called a “virtual fist bump.”) And yet another had me penning about chocolate and squeezing in a Belize mention, for Every Day With Rachael Ray.
An image I captured earlier this month while driving through the center of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital.
The section that was most hard hit by the earthquake in 2010 is now one giant, colorful flea market. Many of the shops have vacated and moved to the hilly, more upscale suburb of Petion-Ville, while vendors have taken over the sidewalks facing abandoned buildings. You can find pretty much anything you need here… Christmas tree and all.
Merry Christmas and merry weekend!