Here's to the end of 2011 and a new beginning in 2012

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This morning I woke up and tried to think of a shot to do to commemorate the beginning of 2012 and couldn't think of anything better than this one above. 2011 is over. In the end, it is just a number but it did represent a lot this year. At the beginning of the year, I was preparing to move to London, UK, to spring board my career and live in a place outside my comfort zone. I wanted to get away from some of the things at home and that adventure did just that. Over the past year, I visited over 30 cities across Europe and I got to meet some really amazing people through flickr, hostels, and random encounters. Though it may have felt like I traveled a lot this year, I have only started to scratch the surface of the list of places I plan to visit. Australia, I'm looking at you next year :)

Leaving what I had at home was tough but really, what worthwhile change isn't? I think the most valuable lesson I learned this year is that no matter how tough you think it is, it eventually gets better and often times, you come out realizing that you would not have changed a thing. Traveling, living in Europe, seeing the world, who would change that? I know I wouldn't. Going forward I want to continue to look up, to change, and to grow. There is no time to stand by and wait. So thank you, 2011. Here's to an even better 2012.

I want to thank everyone of you for following me along this year and those that have stuck around even longer than that. You are all my inspiration and I'm proud to call a bunch of you my friends. Keep shooting, I will do the same. Looking forward to following you this upcoming year :)

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  1. damiec 39 months ago | reply

    all the best to you in the New Year, Kelven.
    I loved being an armchair traveler on your exotic journeys this year & look forward to seeing where this year takes you.

  2. JoGo... 39 months ago | reply

    Perfect metaphor for the start of a new year, with the open road and infinite possibilities ahead! Hope its a great one for you!

  3. MarianneLoMonaco 39 months ago | reply

    Happy happy new year to you, my friend! May 2012 be the best year yet.

  4. Adriana Casellato 39 months ago | reply

    fantastico trabalho como sempre!
    feliz 2012 :)

  5. Barbara Wong Photography 39 months ago | reply

    Wonderful capture and the light is lovely. Happy New Year, Kelven!

  6. Aileenie 39 months ago | reply

    Wonderful lesson and beautiful capture! Happy New Year!

  7. Closed - 39 months ago | reply

    طريق جميل ومعنى رائع ,, احببتها
    ليت السلام يكون قريبا

  8. Just lovin' it 39 months ago | reply

    Awesome...Nice concept !

  9. ng.kelven 39 months ago | reply

    Thanks everyone! Hope you all had a happy new years!

    Lol, no matter how you look at it, a koala is much cooler than a squirrel :D

    thanks Emily! Hope you are inspired to travel and see the world as much as I am. It's true that traveling when you're young is the way to do it. So get on it :D

    Haha Randee... can I reward myself by traveling some more?

    I said the same thing at first but you really get used to it pretty quickly ;)

    We will see but OZ is looking at me :)

  10. agmeadows 39 months ago | reply

    Lots of things to look forward to in 2012! All the best for the new year, Kelvin! Thank you for sharing your photos. =)

  11. Rodrigo.Wen 39 months ago | reply

    Wish you a great beginning of 2012!

  12. saeki_41 good bye!!! [deleted] 39 months ago | reply

    ahh..what lovel colours..the gold is fantastic!!!

  13. Moises Rangel 39 months ago | reply

    Really beautiful!!!

  14. 39 months ago | reply

    Sweet words here, Kelven! Love the photo. It really represents new beginnings! I can't believe you visited over 30 cities! Keep traveling and happy shooting!

  15. Kerstin Rüttgerodt 38 months ago | reply

    A happy and wonderful New Year to you!!!! May all your plans succeed. I hope you have a lot more wonderful encounters with people all over the world!

  16. Sarazal 38 months ago | reply

    great shot!
    the light is amazing!
    love this capture, like all your stream!

  17. PUNT 7 fotografía (MOSTLY OFF) [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    Bien vista! Sensacional!

  18. saokhue2007 38 months ago | reply

    Inspiring tittle!
    May I turn the beginning 2012 into the beginning of the circle of infinity?
    In numerology BEGINNING 2012 = 2+5+7+9+14+14+9+14+7+20+12=113
    P(pronounce like Pi)is the 16th letter of the alphabet
    16:113=0.141592(decimal digits of Pi)
    Pi = 3.141592
    Happy Lunar New Year!

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