#MTAnews: 2013 In Pictures

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Summary of 2013 on the 21st of January? Shhhh. I know what you gonna say. “Marysia those kind of posts supposed to be published on the first week of January. Maximum till the tenth.”

Yes. You might be right. But we all do what we want, don’t we?

Ok, ok I’m being a bit naughty. I’m a rebel and I can’t stop being in opposition to everything. Even if I really try! Seriously! You tell me I look good in red, I wear blue. You tell me I should lose some weight? I’m calling Krispy Kreme to schedule daily delivery.

Frankly I was never crazy about celebrating NYE. Of course! As a real rebel I can’t just agree with world’s norms and dates. But every year when I’m getting closer to my birthday I’m always getting a little bit more retrospective and sentimental.

‘The day’ is soon approaching. And yes to cut all the gossips. It is gonna be ‘the scary and the terrible and the oh my god I’m so old 30th birthday’.

Yeah, right. That actually could be my words if I wasn’t called Marysia.

So bring it on. Pop the champagne and don’t bet on my tears!

But back to the subject!

The time has come to be honest with myself and to have a look back into 2013. What have I done? What have I been up to? What have I achieved, if anything?!

Lets start from travels

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” — Jawaharal Nehru

I’m very good at this! I always score A+ on this class. In 2013 I have visited 13 countries (some of them more than once) and 2 semi-independent territories. I flew countless times and crossed way too many borders by land and air to even bother to count.

Met tones of amazing people. Got myself into superb adventures and had time of my life.

It didn’t happened without some losses. I had 1000$ and small compact camera stolen. I have been proposed sex by the hotel owner in Armenia. I had jewellery stolen from my luggage on the European route. Yes Air Berlin. I used to liked you and been a supportive fan but I won’t step on any of your planes ever again. After so many years of peace Air Berlin is joining Brussels Airlines which lost my luggage back in 2011 on the ‘NO NO FLYING LIST’.

Having been through all that I still think that 2013 was a fabulous year and I do not regret anything! Had a real blast.


” The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters” ― Audrey Hepburn

Here is where the steps starts ha ha ha Seriously, I’m generally happy with my blog. I have a steady readership. As it came out that except my family and friends there are few other people who are reading my stories. Really you would say?! It was hard for me to believe it too, but I will take a chance here to THANK YOU ALL MY DEAR READERS.

I have redesigned my blog. I love it. It is all fancy and mobile responsible. If I would only knew what that actually means. I have a great IT team, thanks Boys.

Have I hit the jackpot? Millions of followers? Eyes of the industry on me? Have I been pointed out by New York Time as one of the blogs to read in 2014? Unfortunately not, but it is not a reason to cry. I will try harder in 2014. Cheers!

Personal Life

“Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself.” ― Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

Here is where we are hitting rock bottom.

Generally I have been all good with my family and friends. Maybe because I haven’t seen much of them this year. But seriously I feel a bit guilty about that. I try not to miss important events, but sometimes shit just happens.

I wish to see more of my lovely nephews. To talk more with my Sisters. Have few more glasses of wine more with my parents. Attend few more birthday parties of my dear friends. That is something I’m tremendously looking forward in 2014.

As I have four weddings to attend in summer of 2014 I will be staying in Europe for a while, so plenty of time to catch up and be ‘more around’ for my family and friends.

My toxic ex is still bothering me with drunk messages at 4am but what to do?! Some things stay constant in life.

But enough about me. I’m sure you are bored dead by now. Congratulations if you managed to stay focused on this ‘bla bla bla’ till the end.

My Best Travel Photos of 2013

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.”  ― Samuel Johnson

Last few days of 2012 and first three weeks of January I have spend travelling in Morocco. Amazing country, had a lot of fun.

Pictures 2013, Travel, Asilah, Morocco

After that I have flew to celebrate birthday of my friend in Lisbon and even though storm of the decade hit Lisbon I managed to travel a bit around in Portugal.

Pictures 2013, Travel, Sintra, Portugal

In February I have went to ski in Norway, in Hemsedal! Superb! You should check it out.

Pictures 2013, Travel, Hemsedal, Norway,

March was dedicated to Switzerland and introducing my dear friend Miss Champagne to my favourite city on Earth, Tel Aviv.

Best Travel Photos of 2013, Travel, Ashkelon, Israel

April was all about staying home, Easter and family. So maybe I haven’t been that terrible after all. May was an escapade to Turkey. Ephesus, Pergamon, Cesme and lovely Izmir.

Best Travel Photos of 2013, Travel, Pergamon, Turkey

June was devoted to sailing, Sardinia and Corsica. Costa Esmeralda is a great place to start summer.

Best Travel Photos of 2013, Travel, Spiaggia Rosa, Sardinia

July was for Azerbaijan. My favourite country in Caucasus so far.

Best Travel Photos of 2013, Travel, Laza, Azerbajan

August for Georgia. Oh my god, those people can drink! Too much fun, and spectacular mountains! Hospitality. Great people. Lots of music and nice food. What else you need?

Best Travel Photos of 2013, Travel, Truso Valley, Georgia

As well in August I have popped for ten days in Abkhazia. It was quiet interesting but slightly disappointing.

Best Travel Photos of 2013, Travel, Sukhumi, Abkhazia

In September I have crossed a border to Armenia.

Best Travel Photos of 2013, Travel, Lake Sevan, Armenia

And visited Nogorny Karabakh, a true highlight of my trip in Armenia.

Best Travel Photos of 2013, Travel, Nagorno Karabakh

October was were things went from outstanding to super duper great. I spend 5 weeks travelling in Iran. My best travel ever. I’m totally in love with this country.

Best Travel Photos of 2013, Travel, Persepolis, Iran

November I hardly managed to fly back to Poland on time to attend a wedding of my best friend from high school! All worth it, dancing and drinking for two days. Typical Polish wedding.

December was all about European Affairs. France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

Best Travel Photos of 2013, Travel, Paris, France

Best Travel Photos of 2013, Travel, Vienna, Austria

Best Travel Photos of 2013, Travel, Zurich, Switzerland

Best Travel Photos of 2013, Travel, Rome, Italy

Here it is. 2013 in pictures, and few words. Hope you enjoyed it. Marysia

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46 thoughts on “#MTAnews: 2013 In Pictures

  1. Some great photos Marysia. You’ve been to some places a lot of bloggers don’t get to!
    Frank (bbqboy)

  2. Jay Johnson

    Hey, Marysia! Great pictures. I’d really like to see Tel Aviv. I’ll be keeping up with your adventures and can’t wait to see your most recent trips.

  3. Jenna

    Wow, looks like a great 2013! Beautiful pictures–I love the one in Azerbaijan! Hope 2014 is even better :)
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  4. Gorgeous photos! I’m especially inspired by the ones of the Eastern European countries and Iran – so many destinations there I want to explore.
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  5. Sounds like an absolutely amazing year of travels! Gorgeous pictures to go with the memories. :-)
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  6. Megan Claire

    Absolutely gorgeous photos – you’ve just single handedly extended my bucket list – lol it’s constantly growing!!! Morrocco looks just stunning!
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    • Ha ha ha Meg I think it is a tendency of every single bucket list in the world! Mine as well never get shorter! :)
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  7. I love this idea! We just keep seeing Azerbaijan everywhere. It’s a sign, we have to go!
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  8. Charli

    Wow, you’re giving me a serious bout of wanderlust Marysia!
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  9. Ron

    Looks like you had a fantastic 2013! Any big plans for 2014?
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  10. What a year you had! I hope 2014 is even bigger and better than 2013 :)
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  11. You have some fantastic shots or awesome destinations. So many are on my list…Iran, Armenia, Georgia…the list goes on! I hope you are as happy with your 2014 travels!
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    • Me too Corinne, me too :) Thanks for your nice words. And indeed Caucasus and Iran are superb destinations!
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  12. antonette

    Wow, the mountains in Azerbaijan look awesome. People have told me before but I should really head out to Eastern Europe more often … thanks for sharing these!
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  13. Laura

    I love the year end summaries and don’t care how late you are! Beautiful photos – I am so intrigued by the Caucasus region especially. Ugh sorry about the toxic ex thing. We’ve all been there! And, welcome to the 30s club. It’s not so bad here!
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    • Laura, I’m sure it is not bad in the 30′ club. I actually think it is pretty great there! Majority of my friends already members ha ha ha
      As for Caucasus it is truly such a beautiful place! Really worth visiting!
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  14. I’m really glad to hear you had an amazing 2013! With all that success, I’m sure 2014 will be even better! ;)

    (Also, I’m planning my Europe route for this summer right now, and am now weary to take Air Berlin! I can’t believe they stole out of your luggage?!)
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    • You can’t believe, you must see my surprise! Berlin is my local airport which I use more than 20 times a year often and till know I really liked Air Berlin. I’m their gold member, that didn’t change anything, they are not taking responsibility! It makes me wonder what to do when you have an expansive pair of shoes or a dress or anything like that! I have to take everything to my hand luggage?
      But except that this year was fabulous, so I have closed my eyes on that and I will use Lufthansa much more as I did previously :)
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      • That sounds like the best choice! I’m going to try my hardest to only take hand luggage though when I’m in Europe! We’ll see how that goes :)

        • Ha ha ha, You do not have to worry about all airlines but indeed Air Berlin not only totally ignored taking responsibility for stolen goods but it took them forever to even response. Before I never had anything against them, now I will never fly with them again!

  15. Lindsey

    Ahh what beautiful photos! You’re filling me with serious travel envy right now!
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  16. What a great post, Marysia. You made me laugh. And I love when that happens. Gorgeous photos. And some really stunning mountains in Georgia. I chose that one as my favorite photo from this post. Have an awesome 2014!
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    • I love to make people laugh! :) Always a pleasure! As for Georgia, generally the Caucasus Mountains are incredibly beautiful! In Azerbaijan, in Armenia and in Georgia! And I’m sure that in Dagestan and Chechnya the mountains are even more spectacular and untouched! That is why I want to go so much!
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  17. Monica

    Wow, you’ve been to some incredible places! I had no idea that Azerbaijan was so gorgeous.

    • Monica Azerbaijan was spectacular, the Caucasus mountains are simply breathtaking. One of my best travels ever!
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  18. Beautiful photos, I want to get on the next plane to Sardinia!! :)

    • Eva I so get you, it is an amazing place! I will post more pictures from Sardinia soon :)
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  19. Mia

    I see you travel a lot and by the way your picture quality is outstanding. What plan is to be expected for this year?

    • Thanks a lot Mia. Really glad to hear you like my picture! 2014 will be a bit slower as I have many family and friends arrangement but for sure will do one or two crazy trips :)
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  20. Megg

    Wow, you had a great year!

    • Thanks Megg, to be frank I wasn’t aware I did so much! After writing this post I have smiled to myself! :)
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  21. 13 countries! Amazing! There’s no blah blah blah blogs (lol that sounds funny) but I mean writing personal infomation on travel blogs is important because it’s not just a travel blog. It’s about you & your travels.

    2013 was full of accomplishments eh? Can’t wait to hear more about the places these pictures came from.
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    • Shaun, thanks for your words! And I promise to write about each single place! I really do :)

  22. Becky Padmore

    Looks like you’ve had an amazing year! Norway is next on my list :-)
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