The second part of 2016 started rather well. We were in Hvar, getting day drunk at Hula Hula Beach Bar (as always), reading books, sleeping ’til late, and dancing the nights away. We spent one day/night in Split and headed back home to Denmark.
A few weeks later, Jacob’s step-sister got married and we all went all the way to Mariager in Jylland (a 5 hour or so drive) for the weekend. A few weeks later we had another gathering on Jacob’s side of the family and come August, I learned that I was going to be an aunt. I went to visit my sister and she said that she needed to show me something. Our dad and his girlfriend were there and she didn’t feel like telling them right away. She opened the drawer of her vanity table and showed me 3-4 pregnancy tests – all positive. She had just learned that morning and was beyond excited. I immediately started to plan what type of cat outfits I’d buy for the baby 😉
One of my good friends in Copenhagen, Maija, moved back to Finland and so I went to say goodbye. My article on animal-friendly traveling was published in the Huffington Post, and my dad turned 60.
In September, Jacob and I celebrated 7 years together. I still can’t believe we’ve been together for so long but I feel like each year keeps getting better. That same month, I decided to get Invisalign to straighten my teeth out. I’m half way in now and by March I’ll have straight teeth! Cannot wait 🙂
We kind of decided on a whim to go to Rome for a weekend trip in October. We had never been there, but both longed to visit the city. So two weeks later, we sat on a flight down to Rome with a group of annoying Swedes who decided it was the perfect time to get drunk. Rome was sunny and warm, filled with cultural and historical sights, good food, even better wine and even a cat shelter, which I, of course, visited. I still haven’t gotten around to writing about Rome but I promise I will. I just have so many photos to go through (I took over 500 photos on my DSLR alone).
I managed to get hold of two Adele tickets in November but had to keep it a secret for what felt like an eternity, as it was my Christmas gift for Jacob. Oh, and then there was November 9, a.k.a. the day the Empire struck back if you catch my Star Wars reference. I woke up in complete shock over Trump’s win. It felt like the big bully in school was getting praise. It felt like Darth Vader (but less cool) killed all of the rebels and told them to suck it (although I doubt Trump would be that classy). I decided I would just go to the gym and lift some really heavy weights and stay mad at the world for a while.
I also visited Malmö a few times and in December we got a small Christmas tree to get in the holiday spirit. Turns out, cats love to fight over the tree and it ended up looking rather ragged at the end 😉 Our Christmas was spent at my brother-in-law’s place with lots of good food, wine, and music.
As December ends and I look back at the year that’s been, I did have some wonderful times. My best memories are of all my travels; wandering the streets of New York, having a drink in London, dancing with strangers in Croatia, being astounded by the surroundings in Rome… Traveling is the essence of living and I can’t wait to see even more places next year. Like I say to Jacob every time he complains about my wanderlust: on our death beds, we’ll remember all the things we’ve experienced, not all the things we’ve bought. So for me, there’s no better way to spend my time and money than to travel the world, see new places, and continue to be marveled at the things I see. I wan to collect experiences rather than things and I plan to continue doing just that in 2017.
A Happy New Year to you all!
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