2012: Year in Review

I got inspired to take a look back at my year in pictures. 2012 was a crazy year.

January:  Jonathan and I traveled to Florida for a friend’s wedding in West Palm Beach. While in-state, we also celebrated his birthday, met up with his parents at Harry Potter World, took a boat tour of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, visited the Kennedy Space Center, and took a bike tour of Shark Valley in Everglades National Park. We were .thisclose. to alligators.

Shark Valley Area of Everglades National Park
January 16, 2012

February:  I fulfilled one of my 2012 resolutions and ran my first-ever 5K: the Tangled 5K at Disney World. It is customary to run in costume, so my friends and I dressed up as Ursula from the Little Mermaid because Villains Run Faster. Afterward, we met Flynn Rider and he seduced us with his smolder.

Tangled 5K
February 25, 2012

March:  I moved to Ramallah, Palestine. Jonathan and I stayed in a hotel for about a month before moving into our apartment – this was the view from the balcony. We spent many a morning in front of the space heaters, drinking fresh juice (made with our new juicer!), and reading books.

Balcony at Ankars
March 10, 2012

April: Jonathan and I went to London for my birthday! During our last night there, we got engaged.

Getting Engaged April 2012
April 29, 2012

May:  I floated in the Dead Sea.

Dead Sea
May 12, 2012

June:  One of the best things about living in the Holy Land is all of the amazing sight seeing that can be done by driving an hour or so in any direction. The Light Festival in the Old City of Jerusalem is an excellent example of this.

Jerusalem Light Festival, Old City
June 14, 2012

July: Our first visitors! Susan and Lisa visited, and the four of us toured around Jerusalem and Bethlehem. We spent a long weekend in Ein Gedi, where we ate watermelon and cheese, soaked in a sulphur pool, floated in the Dead Sea, and watched the sunrise over Jordan.

View from Ein Gedi
July 20, 2012

August:  I spent most of this year’s beach season at Palmachim Beach, a national park south of Tel Aviv, where I began practicing my beach bumming skills.

Palmachim Beach
August 3, 2012

September: Jonathan and I spent our first weekend in Haifa…and I fell in love with it.

Sunset in Haifa on the Mediterranean Sea
September 7, 2012

October:  For Eid al Adha, Jonathan and I met up with his parents in gorgeous, wonderful IRELAND. We spent time in Galway and Dublin — including this day trip to Kylemore Abbey. I’d go back tomorrow if I could.

Twisty Tree at Kylemore Abbey
October 30, 2012

November: My parents visited! We travelled all around Israel and Palestine — we visited Safed, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Haifa, the Dead Sea, Jericho, Akko, Caesarea, Capernaum, and Ramallah. They tried out the beach bum life for one afternoon — though it was a bit colder than usual.

Me & Mom on the beach, Haifa
November 23, 2012
Tank and Dad at Caeserea
November 22, 2012

December:  On the date of the supposed Mayan apocalypse and/or X-files alien invasion, I visited Megiddo — the Biblical site of Armageddon. We sounded the shofar that Jonathan received from my parents for Christmas to try to herald the beginning of the apocalypse. As you know, we were unsuccessful.

Sounding the shofar at Megiddo
December 21, 2012

11 thoughts on “2012: Year in Review”

  1. What a great year! I didn’t think you could have topped last year in DC, but it looks like you did…
    Hope 2013 is just as good, maybe even better. JonandEmilyarethegreatest! Happy New Year.

  2. I love this!!!
    It must have been difficult to edit though, when I can think of still more adventures that didn’t even make the list!!

    1. It was difficult to edit — the trip to MN this summer being one major thing that didn’t make it onto the list, though it was definitely a HUGE highlight!!

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