Hi, Guys! I am proud to say I have faithfully kept my promise of posting 5x per week since joining the Peace Corps. But now, for the first time, I am going to take a break. Tomorrow, I leave for a 10-day Parisian adventure with my friend Chelsea. Along the way, we are meeting up with another volunteer friend (Sierra), and a friend of mine from Boston (Nicole) who spontaneously decided to join us at the last minute. 🙂 I figure everyone will be busy with family and travel next week anyway, so I am taking a break from writing. My next post will be Monday, January 2, 2017.
2016 has been one of the most memorable of my life, for a lot of reasons. One of the biggest is that I have been fortunate to travel far more than I ever have in the past. Here is the list of places I traveled in 2016, in chronological order:
- Chicago, IL
- Barcelona, Spain*
- Minneapolis, MN
- Las Vegas, NV*
- Detroit, MI
- Washington, D.C.
- Kosovo* (all over)
- Skopje, Macedonia*
- Tirana, Albania*
- Paris, France*+
- London, England*+
(*=never been there before this year, *+= never been, but will have visited by next week!)
Of the places I have been, it’s hard to say which was my favorite. I found Barcelona to be breathtaking, particularly the Sagrada Familia. Las Vegas was one of the most fun/special vacations I’ve ever taken, because it was a proper send-off to the Peace Corps. I traveled 5,000 miles to Kosovo and discovered I had a home waiting for me here. As I’ve said, Tirana was one of the most thought-provoking cities I have ever visited. And though I haven’t actually been to Paris yet, in 24 hours I will get to experience the City of Lights for the first time.
This will also be the first time, in 35 years of being alive, that I won’t be spending Christmas with my family (and this is despite living outside my home state for 14 years ). Though I expect to fall in love with Paris, I know a part of me will long to be in Michigan on Christmas Day.
After an extremely difficult 2015, 2016 has reminded me that bad cycles pass, and that new and very surprising adventures can be waiting just around the corner. 2017 is bound to be interesting, as it is the only full year I’ll be living in Kosovo.
Whenever I start to wonder, “Who actually reads this thing?” one of you will contact me and tell me about a post you liked. So, thank you for your encouragement, and thank you for joining me on this adventure.
Since I recently posted some of my favorite photos since moving to Kosovo, I thought I would showcase a few photos from the first half of my year here:
And don’t forget to check back here on January 2! In the meantime, you can follow along with me on Instagram.