A warm, cozy studio apartment in Athens was our home one year ago today. And on this day, Athens’ revelers slumbered in preparation for the parties and fireworks that ended 2011.
We were midway in our Round-the-World trip, and celebrating the end of a very exciting year. Today, New Year’s Eve 2012, we’re contemplating the end of another fascinating year.
We’ve always loved change and 2012 didn’t disappoint. Each month rewarded us with new places, experiences, and a few surprises along the way. So here’s the wrap-up for a banner year.
JANUARY found us in Greece, Jordan, and Sri Lanka. Athens provided antiquities, and a close look at an EU country during a troubled and turbulent time. Petra far exceeded our expectations, and fulfilled a lifelong dream. And discovering beautiful Sri Lanka was a very pleasant surprise.
FEBRUARY was a month of movement … Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Each place was unique and captivating in its own way. There were many highlights, but Angkor Wat in Cambodia was the top.
MARCH slowed the pace considerably. Australia and New Zealand provided a quiet respite for dealing with a parting gift from Southeast Asia … Dengue Fever for James.
APRIL brought us to marvelous Hawaii, and back to the USA. With a couple of short stays at the beach, and a stop in Savannah. Our plan was to stay mobile and keep moving.
MAY and our love of the Southeast US in springtime took us to coastal Georgia, and a big surprise. Without being in the market, we found and bought a little condo we’ve named Basecamp Gallivance … a small haven for the rare times we’re not traveling!
JUNE supplied a glimpse of summer and a chance to explore the island. The renovation was just beginning, and our enthusiasm was expressed with a paint brush.
JULY showed us how the locals celebrate and relax. The renovation progressed and our consolation was the thought that at least we could work inside with the AC.
AUGUST was the apex of summer, and the work on the condo as well. Our energy was flagging, but like a tired horse on a long ride, “we smelled the barn.”
SEPTEMBER, an uncrowded time to travel, inspired us to head out on the first leg of our month-long Baltic Excursion – Finland. We drank a champagne toast in Helsinki to the first birthday of the Gallivance Blog … and Helsinki’s 200th!
OCTOBER found us on the road in The Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This was a new part of the world for us, and the trip provided the relaxing break we needed.
NOVEMBER and a few lingering renovation projects drew us back to the condo for the welcome arrival of cooler weather.
DECEMBER for us, is normally the month that we stay OFF the road. The renovation is down to a couple of big, pain-in-the-butt projects, and we’re determined to see it through. And even though there’s work to be done, we squeeze in as many cozy, relaxing days as possible.
So we say goodbye to another year, that really has been awesome. Happy New Year to all our readers, wherever you may be. We have 6 words for you – Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! And Happy Birthday to the perfect travel companion, my best friend and soul mate, Terri.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
James and Terri