To everyone following the normal calendar, I wish you a Happy New Year! I hope the next year brings you happiness!
Just to fill in the long blank period between Berlin and now Duesseldorf (soon to be Bangkok): The schedule was filled with a lot of homeschooling, visiting friends, family, people we hadn’t seen in ages, and many things you would do at home: go grocery shopping, wish for snow, and clean the apartment. We had a wonderful Christmas together with family and friends and I wish everyone happy holidays. According to my mother, the holiday season is officially over January 6, which is when we stop playing the Christmas music.
To look back upon the year 2011: A year ago we were in San Francisco with our cousins and celebrated midnight in New York, having a plane to catch on the first. We have a plane to catch on Jan 1 this year as well, although not home to Chicago. As most other people, we returned to school and the winter. As the summer rolled around (there isn’t a real spring in Chicago, more like a season that peeks its head out once and a while and then ultimately hands itself over to summer), we made our decision to take this trip. Planning and endless decisions followed and on September 6, we left for Zurich. What followed was a whirlwind of experiences, photos, and memories that are sure to continue.
For this next year 2012, endless forks in the path are planned. We are departing for Bangkok on the first of January, ready to start the new year in the tropical heat and some culture-shock. From there we plan to take the freedom of time and explore South-East Asia thoroughly. End of May / beginning of June we are planning on returning to Chicago with a flight we haven’t booked. The t0-d0 list there includes choosing our next place to live and finding my father a job, among other, less-important matters. As the next school year begins, we hope to be in our next spot, adapting to our new home. On New Year’s Eve of 2012 I don’t know where we’ll be or how we got there; I will let time just keep going by and we’ll see!