Significant events don’t distribute evenly in life, they usually concentrate in only a few years (at least for me). All other years just pass by, day in and day out, without leaving much trace.
2010 was definitely a very eventful and memoriable year for me. In mere 12 months, I got an iPhone (Jan), survived the snowmageddon/snowpocalypse in the DC area (Feb), refinanced my house (Mar), transferred group at work (May), changed nationality (May), finished two home improvement projects (Jun), and of course, lots of travel – I went to New York City 15 times (for work), visited Europe 4 times (8 countries), and some more. 🙂
March – I visited Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and Bryce National Park. City and nature combined – a well balanced wonderful trip. Even though this was my third time in Las Vegas and Grand Canyon, I gained new experiences – seeing “O” Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio and admiring Grand Canyon from above. On the way back I flew first class (boosted for free) for the first time in my life.
April – A very nice heart-warming road trip to New England – CT, MA, NH, ME.
August – Flew to Brussels (Belgium) and spent a day in Bruges. Then a wonderful road trip in central Europe – Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna (Austria), Munich (Germany), Fussen (Germany), Salzburg (Austria), Ljubljana (Slovenia), and Budapest (Hungary). Every place was wonderful, but the highlight was to visit Neuschwanstein Castle, which I have dreamed of seeing for years as I worked on a 3000-piece jigsaw puzzle of it. Lots of challenges and fun stories from this trip that I could write about in later posts.
September – Attended a beautiful wedding in Cape May, NJ – a five-hour cruise on a 110-foot boat. The weather was gorgeous. We drank, ate, danced, laughed on deck under the stars. What a fun evening.
November – Went to London twice (two weeks apart) for work. The first time I flew red eye, had a meeting all day, and boarded the return plane the next morning. Kind of crazy, I know. But I did spend a weekend there the second time as a tourist before getting to work on Monday. I got an Oyster card and immediately felt like a local. Love the city, especially I didn’t even use my umbrella the whole time!
December – A trip to Spain for vacation. A much needed relaxing time at the end of a roller coaster year. Had a wonderful Christmas Eve in Madrid – drinking Heineken eating pasta listening to American music in an Irish pub in Spain. The world is flat! Then Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands off of Africa that belong to Spain, was simply amazing. It has a big volcano (El Teide) in the center, quite a few other mountains with breath-taking views and roads, and of course, lots and lots of beaches. Riding a bike along the shore was a new experience for me, and I immensely enjoyed it! Not to mention watching fireworks on a beach at the warmest New Year’s eve I had ever had!
This concluded my crazy whirlwind 2010. Now I am about to depart on another cool trip (Argentina!), immediately followed by a business trip to London. Likely I won’t be able to post anything for a while, but I will have a lot to share when I come back! Stay tuned. 🙂