2013: Year in Review

Because it was so much fun a last year

January:  Spending New Years in the Golan, hiking Masada, and staying in this most amazing of places in the Negev desert (home of the HBDP) — all during Jenelle’s visit.

Negev
January 5, 2013 | Negev Desert, Israel

February:  New Zealand trip for B & G’s wedding, Hobbiton, and snorkeling for the first time. During the post-wedding Week of Awesome, we stayed in our own private bach that was only a few steps from our own private bay where we read, swam, and the Kiwis taught Jonathan how to play cricket. Hey, a horse!

New Zealand beach
February 7, 2013 | Matapouri Bay, New Zealand

March:  Alissa & Carlos came to visit! The four of us visited Jordan — seeing Petra and Wadi Rum, in addition to enjoying our time on the Red Sea.

By the Red Sea
March 16, 2013 | Red Sea | Aqaba, Jordan

March was also the month that Jon and I met Aaron & Nick in Germany.

Germany
March 24, 2013 | Berlin, Germany | Photo by Aaron

April:  Spending my birthday on the Harry Potter tour was amazing. As was seeing (read: getting splashed by) Singin’ in the Rain and drinking many a Bulmers.

Enjoying a Bulmer's
April 17, 2013 | London

It was also the last time I visited my beach.

Sand and shells on Palmachim beach
April 30, 2013 | Palmachim Beach

May:  My last day in Ramallah. I spent it at an outdoor BBQ place on the side of a mountain with good friends, good food, and good argeelah, making many good memories.

BBQ
May 1, 2013 | Palestine

June:  New home! Goodbye, Bearskin; Hello, Janeway! Our Amazonica welcome plant from K & D is still alive (knock on wood) — probably due to its little guardian friend.

gnome in my house plant
June 25, 2013 | Janeway

July:  Probably seeing Yasiel Puig dominate the Nationals on the hottest, most humid and disgusting string of days in DC memory.

Yasiel Puig in DC
July 19, 2013 | Washington, DC | Nationals Park

August:  Jonathan and I traveled to Bosnia, Croatia, and Montenegro for a friend’s wedding. We joined up with a bunch of DC friends while there and traveled around. It was beautiful – well worth the trip. (Again had me thinking of Slapper, et al.)

Pigeons on the roof in Dubrovnik
August 12, 2013 | Dubrovnik, Croatia

September:  Labor Day road trip to Virginia Beach. Lots of traffic; still worth it.

VA Beach
September 1, 2013 | Virginia Beach

October:  The return of Halloween!! Tank and I dressed up as the Octagon and a UFC Fighter, respectively. I think our costumes were a success — about 1:3 people knowing what we were and agreeing that we totally nailed it. I think we ended up celebrating Halloween at least three times — this time at Night of the Living Zoo.

UFC Fighter & the Octagon
October 30, 2013 | Washington, DC | National Zoo | Photo by DC 101

…and a visit from these hooligans friends.

Boys at the zoo
October 27, 2013 | Washington, DC | National Zoo

November:  A return to our Thanksgiving-hosting tradition and the first time using our “wedding china,” — direct from the factory in Hebron. The food was delicious (vegetarian and gluten free, natch) and the serving ware worked out pretty perfectly.

Thanksgiving
November 28, 2013 | Janeway

December:  My brother and his girlfriend got free tickets to the final Vikings game at the Metrodome and invited Tank and I to come along. It was easily the most packed I have ever seen any stadium — so much purple! — not an empty seat in the house. (We also won! SKOL!)

Final Vikings game at the Metrodome
December 29, 2013 | Minneapolis, MN | Metrodome
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4 thoughts on “2013: Year in Review”

  1. Between your Reading Plan and your Travel Plans, how do you have any time for . . . work?
    Hope 2014 is just as wonderful . . . and that the Pacific exceeds all your expectations.

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