I've celebrated even more birthdays!
I've had more random dance parties
|Konstantin gave us hats and we danced around in them|
|Singing AND Dancing|
I went to yet another Hyde Park...
|Hyde Park Neighborhood in Chicago, IL|
|Riding Bikes in Hyde Park, London|
Had some more great pints...
Had yet another Martini Night:
|Martini Night: London|
|Martini Night: Storrs, CT|
I've had some more great dinners
|Family Dinner in New Hampshire!|
I ran another race (this one was a bit longer than the 5K in Regents Park though)
Saw even more breath-taking sunsets
|Sunset in Berlin|
|Photo out of the front window of Flash in Storrs!|
Saw another Buckingham Landmark!
|Buckingham Fountain, Chicago,IL|
Another Paris Monster Metro Gate....yes, even saw another one of those!
|This picture is from Chicago, they have the same ones in Paris|
Somehow I've even managed to wear MORE weird animal hats...
Somehow also managed to wear random scarfs:
Went to another soccer game (and even played in it!)
|Striking Sphinxes made it to the Playoffs this year!|
I've had so many great meals cooked for me, even without Konstantin around
|Emilio adds latino flair to my diet|
|Nothing like bacon egg and cheeses in the middle of the night.|
Gone out to the bar with friends...just like in London
I danced....again....in a suit!
I still travel: but this half of the year I can travel in real style
|We all love Flash!|
Managed to be dressed up in a bar again:
Made it to the top of three more mountains!
Most importantly, I spent the second half of the year doing the same thing I did in the first, having a great time, with some amazing people.
|UConn in London in Storrs|
|Kenny and Claire! In Rhode Island (Ironically the same couch I was jumping up and down on during the first seconds of 2011)|
|First time at a Casino!|
|Just me and my friends in New Hampshire|
|Me and Dennis after my marathon|
|Still living life on the edge of course|
|Meeting a dog at a party|
I like to think that says something about my life from here on out. I love traveling, having ridiculous things happen, I love turning the bad things around, I love the moments that mean so much, but we never saw coming, those really infinite moments...I really love life, and just because I'm not studying abroad or in some place new will ever stop me from doing all of this and more. So don't look back, just keep moving, and you might be surprised at how exciting life is if you decide to make it that way.
I'd be lying to you if I said I truly got everything I wanted to out of this year, and I'd be lying if I said everything worked out the way I really wanted it to...but as an old Irish proverb goes: "May you get all your wishes but one, so you always have something to strive for." I sort of like that.
So, here is to a year that I will never forget...not just part of it, but the whole of it. From the first moments of the year, when I was running full speed into the Atlantic Ocean, to the moment 2012 begins.
And here is one more cheers...to making 2012 even better than 2011! Maybe we can start with some champagne and more chocolate! Chocolate always makes a situation a good situation.
Happy New Years Everybody. I hope you enjoyed meeting me, travelling with me, drinking with me, climbing with me, hanging out with me, reading about me or whatever else we may have done together in 2011...we should do some of that stuff again in 2012 and forever past that.