Without further ado, the most loved moments and experiences of the last year for me. I was overjoyed, reminded and thrilled to realize there were so many :-D
|Day trip with my wonderful friend, Sally to Mainz, Germany. I was surprised at how beautiful, vivid and ornate so much of the city actually was! The following four photos are from Mainz as well.|
|Mainz. I LOVE this German architecture. The timbered houses, the color scheme, the way they are shaped like homes that could be found in an enchanting fairy tale.|
|A thing of true beauty :-p oh yeah. I relished every bite. Plus the leftovers.|
|Tea and green tea cake at one of my favorite tea shops with one of my favorite friends <3|
|Teaching one of my favorite childhood card games to one of my stellar friends, Dali at Cafe Crumble, one of my usual haunts ;-)|
|Loved returning to this room each night. So cozy, inviting, comfortable and relaxing. This made me really happy. I did a ton of reading and writing snuggled in here during the evenings.|
|This elevator was designed by Gustav Eiffel, the man who designed the Eiffel Tower. Looks kind of apocalyptic, mysterious, haunting and creepy, eh?|
|Be still my heart. Here it is again. My sweet coconut bread. Delectable.|
|Riding the traditional Lisbon trams. SUCH a ball!!!|
|Some of the BEST seafood I have eaten in my life. Super simply cooked and seasoned, but to die for.|
|Getting this photo was insanely terrifying. I literally could have died, not a joke. However, it was SO satisfying when I did get the shot. So heart-racing and exciting. I felt like such a bad-ass. ;-p|
|My last morning in Lisbon. And a delicious morning it was. I enjoyed another one of the delightful coconut bread rolls, a cheese tart, and finally, a succulent chocolate tart to top it all off. Whoa. Outstanding.|
|One of my BFFs here <3 Judith. She is the best. So kind, so open, so loving and warm.|
|Street Festival/market time!! Lots of yummy eating (one of my favorite things ever) with my friend, Travis :-D .|
|Somayeh and I had a LOT of fun together this summer. So many silly, sweet nights out as well as exploring the street markets. We had a ball.|
|Sugar Mama cafe. Whiling away afternoons here were some of my favorites. |
This is also largely where I wrote the first half of a book I recently finished writing <3
This photo was actually taken on one of these book-writing afternoons.
|4th of July celebration/fair in Wiesbaden.|
|With Somayeh and Jana <3|
|Birthday cake :-D|
|More birthday celebration :-D I am so blessed. Very, very lucky.|
|Solo adventuring to Rudesheim an Rhine. GORGEOUS town. One of the most beautiful I have been to in Germany.|
The following 8 photos are also from Rudesheim am Rhine.
|Rudesheim am Rhine. Stunning.|
|Jenn and Steve's visit to Germany to see me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE best thing EVER!!! |
Oh. My. God. We had such a fantastic time. This photo was taken on our day trip to Heidelberg!!!
|With Jenn, one of my best friends, in Rudesheim am Rhine! Check out that view!|
|Traditional German dinner out with Jenn and Steve. SO much laughter, great conversation and fun!!|
|Short and sweet 24-hour trip with Judith to Berlin!!!!! |
Also a totally marvelous time :-D
|Bike tour throughout Berlin. This was during one of our pit-stops/historical informational sessions.|
|These two photos are not the same ;-p they are slightly different. And both awesome. Easily THE photos of our trip to Berlin.|
|With Valerie :-D She is fantastic.|
|Lichtenstein with Andy!!! |
Another friend/visitor from the USA who came to visit and thus, I was lucky to be able to embark on an awesome adventure with.
|Cochem, Germany. The second stop on mine and Andy's road trip adventure. |
I fell in love with this city. Its like something out of a slightly dark fairy tale.
|The view from up at the castle in Cochem.|
|Tea and cake. Always a good decision.|
|With Andy in Cochem.|
|Hungarian sponge cake. Heaven.|
|One of the most famous "ruin pubs" in Budapest. Google this concept if you are wondering, "Ruin Pub..? Huh??" Its pretty neat.|
|"Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go to Budapest." ;-)|
|Spending the day at one of the famous Hungarian baths.|
|THE photo of the trip. AWESOME.|
|With Bhakti :-D Another one of my favorite friends. |
She is so open, kind, loving, curious about others, warm and interesting.
|Thanksgiving dinner party, which I threw myself as the sole host. Very nerve-racking but it turned out to be so much fun!!|
|This is how Judith transported the turkey!!!! LOVE this!!! We all had a pretty great laugh over it.|
|The Thanksgiving dinner party in its entirety :-D|
|From a couple of my favorite students <3 <3 <3|
|Freiberg with my great friend, Travis!!!|
The next 5 photos are all from Freiberg.
|With Travis at the Christmas market in Freiberg!!|
|Christmas market in Heidelberg with Judith :-D|
The next 6 photos are all from Heidelberg.
|Brother and sister <3|
|Mom and daughter <3|
|New Years Eve with Mom|
|The wedding of one of my very dearest friends, Sarah. I was SO thrilled and honored to be there.|
|Sarah and her son, Caleb :-D|
|Exploring Boston with Alex. Another one of my very special and most cherished friends. She is just the bomb.|
|I am so grateful :-) to be so close to all three of these women. They are all incredible. Such good friends to me.|
|Alcohol, girl talk, and cupcakes. A match made in heaven ;-p|
|Moms house on Christmas <3 LOVE this. So cozy.|
|Jenn :-D in our traditional meeting spot when I lived back in Boston. |
At Crema Cafe in Harvard Square.
|Boston again <3|
|New Years Day celebration at my Moms house!!|
|Derek! We have known one another and been friends since we were 16!! How incredibly cool is that??|
|Detour to Beacon Hill, my favorite part of Boston, before my Mom dropped me off at the airport.|