Hey, Everyone! This will be my last blog post of 2017! That’s right, I am taking two weeks off from blogging. It will be the longest break I’ve taken from this blog. If you miss me, you can always follow along with me on Instagram.
MY PARENTS ARE COMING TO KOSOVO NEXT WEEK! I am so excited! We are spending two nights in Pristina, two nights at my host family’s house, and then we are going to London for four nights.
We have many fun things planned, including a church service at Westminster Abbey on Christmas Eve, a bus tour, and a ghost tour. Visiting London with my mom has always been a dream of mine, since we both love many British musicians and actors. (Also, I’m excited that my dad is coming, too, of course!)
In his autobiography, Billy Idol refers to his parents as his “first friends.” I found that to be a very sweet description, and it is now how I think of my parents. They’re my parents but they are also my friends, you know? I am thrilled they are going to spend time with me before I leave Kosovo. Their visit will help break up the rest of my Peace Corps service.
(Side note: Funny how we tell our closest friends that they are “like family” in order to compliment them, and we assure our relatives that we would be friends with them even if we weren’t related.) 🙂
Anyway, my next blog post will be Monday, January 1. I will be posting a video to share my goals for 2018.
Usually, I feel like years have “themes,” either being mostly good or mostly bad. But this year, the highs were really high and the lows were really low. I don’t even know how I’d characterize 2017. On the high side, I got to travel more than I ever have.
Places I visited in 2017:
- Paris, France (I think of this trip as happening last year, but I left January 2, so I guess that counts!)
- Skopje, Macedonia
- Tirana, Albania
- Rome, Italy
- Berlin, Germany
- Budapest, Hungary
- Detroit, Michigan
- Gothenburg, Sweden
- London, England (soon-to-be)
Finally, thank you to ALL my friends and family, my friends who are like family, and my family who are like friends. I love you all so much and am so grateful for the tremendous support you’ve shown me. Every Facebook message, email, postcard, phone call, and care package means the world to me. I appreciate you as the awesome individuals you are, and wish you every good thing in the coming year. Happy (early) 2018, and best wishes for the holidays!
Talk to you January 1st!