My Blog’s 2023 Year-In-Review

Hi everyone, sorry, I know this year’s recap is a few days late. So much happened in December that it look longer than anticipated. Nonetheless, I hope you’ll enjoy this recap of everything I blogged about in 2023.

I’ve been getting into a much better rhythm of blogging and 2023 was a great year where I finally managed to publish a ton of content that I’ve had on my radar for a while now. I’m eager to see what’s in store for 2024 and to continue sharing stories with all of you. For now, let’s recap 2023!


In January, I wrote about my experience visiting the most festive Christmas bar in New York City with one of my best friends who I love going on adventures with, especially in NYC.

Frosty’s Christmas Pop-Up Bar

Everything at this bar was so over-the-top and decorated beautifully. To top things off, I asked one of my best friends to join me on this festive mission and she agreed with almost no notice. We went on a random Wednesday night haha. There’s nothing like a mid-week Christmas night out in the city.

Celebrating 10 Years of Blogging

Another exciting milestone: The Rocky Safari reached its 10-Year Anniversary!

Other Special Posts:

Eating at the World’s Oldest Restaurant


In February, I dedicated time to writing about Segovia, Spain and Toledo, Spain.

Toledo Is Famous for Its Marzipan

El Alcazar De Segovia: The Spanish Castle that Inspired Walt Disney

Other Special Posts:

Sampling Suckling Pig in Segovia, Spain

My Healing Journey
(3-Month Post Breakup Life Update)


In March, I finished sharing stories about my visit to Segovia.

6 Things to Do in Segovia, Spain


In April, I wrote about an incredible park not far from Madrid that has replicas of famous monuments from all over Europe! My favorite replica was the Eiffel tower.

A Tour of Parque Europa in Spain


In May, I recounted what it was like to live on what is potentially Madrid’s busiest street for shopping.

My Experience Living on Fuencarral Street in Madrid


In June, shortly after the crazy Canadian wildfires that resulted in dangerous air pollution contaminating the United States air for days, I decided to raise awareness about climate change.

Touring the Audubon Mural Project Featuring Endangered Birds

The Myconian Kyma Hotel in Mykonos Is Paradise on Earth

I also shared the wild story of the hurdles I jumped through to meet my sister in Mykonos.

Other Special Posts:

Exploring the Egyptian Temple of Debod in Madrid, Spain
Taking a Day Trip to Alcalá De Henares from madrid
Booking Another Trip Back to Mykonos to Meet My Sister
How Is the Nightlife in Mykonos?
Checking Out the Iconic Windmills in Mykonos
Revisiting Little Venice In Mykonos
The Impact of Canada’s Wildfires on Climate & Wildlife


In July, I wrote about the Spanish tradition of holding summer street festivals.

Madrid’s “Verbenas”: The Old Tradition of Summer Street Festivals


In August, I had the privilege of visiting the American Express Centurion Lounge in NYC with a few friends from a travel group I’m a part of. In my review, I share what the experience was like!

A Closer Look at the New American Express Centurion in New York City

The Story of the House Sparrows I Hand Tamed in Madrid, Spain

I also FINALLY got around to sharing the emotional story of the birds I bonded with while living in Spain. You’ve probably seen this photo floating around for quite some time on my blog and social media so I wanted to finally share the story of how this special connection with these tiny birds happened.

My Review of Hotel Riu Plaza España (Formerly Edificio España) During Its Grand Reopening!

Other Special Posts:

2-Day Travel Guide: How I Showed My Family Madrid in 48 Hours
What Are the Green Parrots All Around Spain?
How to Travel from Madrid to Barcelona


September was a month I spent creating really detailed travel guide’s all about Gaudí’s architectural feats across Barcelona, Spain.

Tips for Visiting La Sagrada Familia: Gaudí’s masterpiece

Is Gaudí’s Casa Milà (La Pedrera) Worth Visiting?

What Is Casa Batlló? Tips for Visiting Gaudí’s House of Bones

Tips for Visiting Park Güell: Gaudí, The Cheetah Girls, and More


In October, I wrote about solo travel as well as various attractions found within the United States including a hot air balloon festival, a Jack O’Lantern festival, a deadly waterpark, and a new adventures and ropes course!

10 Tips on Solo Travel for Introverts

The Ultimate Guide to Hot-Air Balloon Rides at the NJ Festival of Ballooning

Other Special Posts:

A Review of FLG X New Jersey’s Zip Line Course
A Complete Guide to the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Hudson Valley, NY
New Jersey’s Action Park: The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever!
How to Spend 24 Hours Visiting Virginia Beach


In November, I blogged about my visit to Myrtle Beach and the intimidating birds I kept spotting everywhere I went. Eventually I learned they’re not nearly as scary as they look and they actually serve an important purpose in our ecosystem.

The Story of Why Myrtle Beach Has Millions of Vultures


In December, I finished writing about Myrtle Beach and I published my first travel guide for New York City!

NYC 1-Day Itinerary: A Self-Guided Tour of New York City

Other Special Posts:

Exploring Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Previous Year-In-Review Posts

2022 Year-In-Review

2021 Year-In-Review

2020 Year-In-Review

2019 Year-In-Review

2018 Year-In-Review

2017 Year-In-Review

2016 Year-In-Review

2015 Year-In-Review

2014 Year-In-Review

2013 Year-In-Review

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