2011: My Year in Photos


I didn’t move about as much as I expected to in 2011. Five countries, an extended stay in Thailand, a couple of months at home, then dipping into Central America for the first time made for a busy year. Here are a dozen photos from 2011 — I hope you like them. Happy New Year!


Nepal: So Much History in this Himalayan Jewel


I spent New Year’s Eve in Kathmandu, Nepal (after a rather rough landing). It was cold and dreary but I was looking forward to ringing in the year in such an iconic city. Alas, it was a strange scene with thousands of people walking the streets in endless circles in search of a party that never seemed to materialize. I was in bed by ten.


I was only in Nepal for three weeks and was only able to get the merest glimpse of what it has to offer. It was cold and rainy at the time and I was feeling pretty worn out after a year of travel — spending the last two months in India, no less — so I didn’t give it the time and energy it deserves. Nepal is definitely at the top of my list of places to revisit.



Thailand: Back in the Land of Smiles


I’d always wondered what it was like to live as an expat in a foreign country and Chiang Mai provided the perfect opportunity. From Nepal my plan had been to fly to Egypt but I was worrying about money and had a large freelance project coming in that would require me to have dependable internet access.

I’d never been to Chiang Mai –though I had stumbled around Thailand for a couple of months– but it sounded like just what I needed: inexpensive and laid-back, with easy access to wifi and Western amenities. One week after landing in Thailand, Egypt exploded in open revolt. Part of me wishes I had gone anyway and part of me is glad I didn’t.


One of the nice things about spending a lot of time in one place is that you get to know the locals and get to experience things that you’d never discover as a traveler passing through. My friend Mark introduced me to horse racing in Chiang Mai and we went several times, betting a token dollar or two per race (despite gambling being illegal in Thailand).


The weekly Sunday Walking Street in Chiang Mai was always a highlight. Hundreds of stalls full of inexpensive goods, spicy street food and $4 foot massages all made for a relaxing end to the week.


The Thais really know how to throw a New Year’s Party — Songkran is an amazing experience. For three days the entire city turns into a massive water fight. You haven’t lived until you’ve had a sweet old lady smile wide as she pours ice water down your back.



Korea: A Brief Visit


I only got to spend about ten days in Korea, traveling there to attend my brother’s wedding. While certainly not a budget destination –it’s more expensive than the US in many ways– I had a great time and would love to go back if only for the amazing food.


Honduras: My First Foray into Central America


After returning home to Austin for a couple of months (I hadn’t seen my family in over a year and a half), I joined up with my good friend Rich and we raised hell across Honduras, visiting Mayan ruins at Copan and eventually ending up on the island of Utila where we tried to rid the island of its rum supply. We failed.



Guatemala: Mountains, Volcanoes, Beaches and More


I’ve only spent a couple of weeks in Guatemala but I’m really enjoying it. After lazing about Antigua I’m heading soon to Tikal, said to be the most spectacular of all the Mayan sites. I plan on spending another 4-6 weeks here, then I’m off to Mexico.

Where do you hope to visit in 2012?

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Ayngelina December 29, 2011 at 8:47 pm

You have so many great photos but I’m always drawn to textures, the window shutters are perfect.


wes December 30, 2011 at 3:08 am

Thanks! I’m a texture nut, too, and Honduras certainly delivers in that department. Eye candy everywhere.


Natalie December 29, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Happy New Year)


Rease December 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Great photos. I really love the water fight one, such a fun shot. In 2012 I hope to explore the US more. I have shunned my home country for too long. I am moving back to the US (from Argentina) and hope to make it freelancing so I can travel around. Plans to see Arizona, Colorado, Vegas and DC area are already in the works.


wes December 30, 2011 at 3:09 am

Nice! I especially love the Four Corners area — so much good stuff to see there. Have fun :)


Tracy December 30, 2011 at 3:04 am

Great photos, looking forward to following you through 2012! Have you considered doing more Lightroom tutorials? I really enjoyed the few that you did last year and would love to see more!


Pirate63 December 30, 2011 at 3:21 am

Great pics as aways Wes,have a great new year
Cheers Clive


DKR December 30, 2011 at 10:07 pm

great stuff. I hadn’t see the pic of the boat in Honduras, great pic.

Happy New Years.


Amanda January 3, 2012 at 12:48 am

Great photo! I like all of them, but the last one is really one of my favorites.

As for my 2012, I have so much in the works! I’m headed to Canada this week for a short trip, and this summer I’ve got a big European adventure planned, with at least a month in Eastern Europe and a few weeks in the UK. May even throw in Iceland for good measure.

I can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2012!


wes January 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Looking forward to following your adventures. Iceland, especially, has always appealed to me.


cailin January 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

that first photo definitely has to be my favorite. I love it! :)
Here is to a great 2012!


wes January 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Thanks, Cailin! Photoshop.com ran that one on their site — made my day :)


billy c January 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

that Honduras pic is epic!


Anne January 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

WOW. thank you for sharing these. particularly struck home as nepal and songkran are my two favorite travel experiences from this year, and to date.
happy trails


TheGourmetCoffeeGuy January 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Neat photos. The water fight is a great picture, seems like so much fun! Also liked the Guatemala photos, pretty country. Enjoy!


Cam January 6, 2012 at 1:26 am

Great collection Wes, my fav is a toss up between #1 and #3 from Nepal
All the best in 2012!


wes January 9, 2012 at 9:53 am

Thanks, Cam. Feliz Ano!


AdorableLand January 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Greetings from Ukraine! I hope one day I’ll find great photos of Ukraine on your website :)


wes January 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I hope so too :)


Nepal Tour April 19, 2012 at 12:46 am

Nice shots. Great to watch.


Veronica November 6, 2013 at 8:25 pm

So nice pictures. I’m impressed how colorful and rich your year was. I wish I had the same. Good luck in your traveling