The second full year of our perpetual journey around the world has come to an end. In the last 12 months we passed through 4 continents, 10.5 countries (.5 as a result of our bicycle foray into the UK Sovereign Base Area in Cyprus), 10 seas and 2 oceans.
Here is our second annual The Best Of list.
Best place to stay long-term
∴ Sicily in autumn
Sicily is a fascinating island. People, nature, and climate intertwined for thousands of years, thus resulting in amazing cultural heritage, captivating history and mouthwatering delicacies.
Read more about Sicily here.
∴ Very close runner-up: Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo, in my opinion, is one of the underrated cities. Argentinians and Brazilians discovered it a long time ago, but for the rest of the world, it is still mostly terra incognita.
Read more about Montevideo and Uruguay here.
Best place to visit short-term
∴ Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Just the right mix of beaches and mountains. We shared space with cute capybaras, loud howler monkeys, and colorful toucans. I am not sure if I would want to spend the rest of my days there, but for a week-long getaway, it was brilliant.
Read more about Costa Rica here.
Best restaurant (every day)
∴ Bonhomía Salumería in Medellín
∴ Vino & Pomodoro in Palermo
Best restaurant (special occasion )
∴ In Situ in Medellin
∴ Carizzi d’Amuri in Palermo
Best newly discovered dish
∴ Sancocho Colombiano
Sancocho is a very thick soup (often considered a stew) made with large pieces of meat and root vegetables in a broth, usually flavored with herbs. Sancochos in Colombia are always served with avocado, white rice and ají picante (hot sauce) on the side.
Another Airbnb success: ideal combination of comfort, location, and the internet.
Medellin is called the city of eternal spring. It’s a fact and not a figure of speech.
Best public transportation
∴ Cyprus buses
Always on-time, running every 15min., clean and comfortable. What else do you want?
∴ Nextbike in Cyprus
Best of both worlds: takes you from place to place and improves your fitness. Seriously, though, very well-organized service, available to everybody (unlike similar services in some other countries that are available only to residents).
∴ Cellular data (LTE/4G) – TIM
∴ Public WIFI at the airport – Medellin’s Jose Maria Cordova International Airport
Best man-made attraction
∴ Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily
The Greek poet Pindar once called it “the most beautiful [city] of those inhabited by mortals.”
Best natural attraction
∴ Boca de Camarones, La Guajira, Colombia
Suddenly, everything around looked like a completely different world. The deep blue skies, white fluffy clouds, twenty or so fishing boats jumping up and down between waves – it was an idyllic seascape from the bygone era.
∴ Mount Etna
Piano Provenzana, the main ski resort on Etna, is smaller with markedly less commercial establishments in comparison to Rifugio Sapienza (Etna south).
Read about our hiking excursion on the North side of Etna here.
There is a part of Costa Rica that luckily escaped the attention of the country’s tourism board. Thus, it peacefully exists in its primal beauty untouched by the madness of the 21st century. For me, this is the real treasure of Costa Rica: the Highlands of the Central Valley.
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18 thoughts on “The Very Best of 2015”
You covered a fair bit of the world in 2015 … what’s on tap in 2016?
Looks like you had a fantastic year of travel! I, too, was in Medellin, and definitely enjoyed the weather – but it seems I missed out on some good meals 🙂 I also have spent time in Montevideo, visiting friends who were living there, and I agree that I could be comfortable there for a long time! Cheers to 2016!
How interesting: looks like we are traveling on close paths :). Are you planning to visit Portugal soon?
Always good to learn about wonderful places and cultures through the eyes of another traveler! I can see why you chose these ones.
Thank you, Carol 🙂
Wow! What a great list! We went to Sicily this year and loved it just as much as you. We’re living in Turkey and I think it’s a must for travel lovers! So much history and beauty! Cappadocia is my favorite, but Istanbul is a close second.
Thanks, Sarah. We haven’t been to Turkey yet. Slowly getting in its direction (currently in Cyprus) and looking forward visiting Istanbul one day.
We heard about In Situ, but never made it there for a meal. Looking at your salad makes me regret that. What a great adventure! Happy 2016.
Thank you, Taylor 🙂
Great mix of places! I haven’t been to anywhere you listed, so I’m taking notes but Colombia is probably top of my list out of the ones you mentioned. Those pictures are great and the picture of salami in Medellin made me hungry.
What a wonderful recap. I could do Montevideo for the long term 🙂 Really, such a great year. And that food….
Thank you, Rob 🙂
Looks like 2015 has been a great year for you. You’ve really piqued my interest in Sicily!
Thanks, Brianna. Sicily was amazing! It is such a breathtaking land. Frankly, I was not sure what to expect. Reading about it gives mixed feelings and people still perceive it as a dangerous place. The reality is different: hospitable people, the tremendous history that is so intertwined with modern life that sometimes taken for granted and, amazingly, not very well studied; unbelievable nature and fantastic wines and food.
You visited a lot of places in 2015! I cant wait to see where you go in 2016. I love the pictures of Costa Rica! It looks so beautiful!
Thank you, Amber. I liked Costa Rican Highlands. They are so picturesque that any photo taken there would look great ;).
Wow so many wonderful places to visit. My son wants to take a trip to Japan so I am trying to get things in order and find a good touring company to travel with.
Thanks, Rebecca. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend a travel company that specializes in Japan tours.