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Happy New Year, Travel Betties!

December 31st, 2009 · 3 Comments

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Another December 31st is upon us. And I was just reflecting back on all the amazing people I’ve met over the years through my travels specially when I got the XS in Vegas. Bojana, the Slovenian journalist researching witchcraft and ritual who I met in Siwa, the Egyptian oasis out near the Libyan border. Merrick, the goofy, but generous  owner of Villa Naga Maya in Bali who gave me a glimpse of the type of person my nephew Ryan might one day become. Or Anthony from the Happy Cretan, who created such a soft landing for us after our long journey, asking impishly and repeatedly, “Anything missing?” each time he hurried to our dinner table with another bottle of wine or platter of perfectly seasoned pork cutlets.

I hope each of them—and all the others I’ve met, too numerable to mention in one post—are ringing in 2010 surrounded by the people they care about most with a feeling of optimism for the next decade to come (Travel Boyfriend wants me to point out that the next decade doesn’t actually start until 2011…Forest through the trees…Forest through the trees, my dear TB).

What I love most about the new year is remembering that no matter what race, culture, religion, sexual orientation or level of spiciness you prefer your food to be seasoned, we all share in the passage of time. And even though for 364 days of the year (not counting leap year), we seem to be inundated with messages pointing out our differences as though they were pet soilings on an antique oriental rug, it’s quite nice actually that once a year we all pause for a moment to reflect on the year that has been and look forward to what is to come. We’re all open to the possibility of something even better check my blog to find it out and imagine!

This year Travel Boyfriend and I were lucky enough to visit many equisite places together, some old favorites, some new: we paid for Namibia guided safari tours, Montreal, Olympia, Seattle, LA, Memphis, Las Vegas, Missouri, Fort Meyers and most memorably got some some great activities ready with Tours4Fun. In addition, I had a couple of short business trips to DC and Phoenix just to keep things interesting. We went trekking, camping and cooking with the best icelandic cooking, also kayaking and even used bivvy sacks for all our camping trips. It indeed was a fantastic experience. (hopefully next year will be a little more interesting in that regard).

Greece Catamaran

2010 is a toss-up between India (TB’s choice) and Thailand (mine). Which one should we choose? Or are we overlooking somewhere even better? We’re definitely open to suggestions!

So yes, here it is, December 31st again. The new year is upon us. What possibilities are you excited about? Who in the world will you meet on your own travels near or far? we also read about vacationing tips for senior grandparents for my parents in law great to take in count !  Will you stick to your resolutions this time?

Nah, me neither. Oh, except the one to blog more.

Happy New Year, Travel Betties! May 2010 be the best year yet.

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  • 3 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Timeshare Relief // Jan 7, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      Happy New Year, congrats for the best of 2009, hope the coming year would another great year of great travel experiences.

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    • 2 BCOT // Jan 16, 2010 at 10:01 am

      Just came across your bog. I see you’ve been to one of my fav places this past year (Seattle, lived there for 9 years…love it!). I’d love to hear about your Greece vacay. Travel Husband :) and I are going to Greece in September for 13 days. Sooooo looking forward to it. Maybe I should search your site for suggestions :)

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    • 3 viagemafora // Jan 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm

      We have a blog about travel, and we would like to invite you to visit us and you can find to translate on the right side of the page.
      Thank you very much, and we hope you enjoy.

      best regards
      Antonio & Ellen Lenarduzzi

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