Goodbye, 2016 (And Not a Moment Too Soon)

I’d like more days like this.

Goodbye, 2016. Adios. I wish I could say it has been a pleasure, but… Well, there were certainly some highlights. The year started with a visit to the DC area for the bar mitzvah of a dear friend’s son, and to visit family. One day in New York to see friends finished off that wonderful, if cold, weekend.  We traveled on our first transatlantic cruise. That was relaxing. I am eager to do several more in the future. Labor Day weekend, we celebrated our anniversary in Moab, Utah, with good friends, and visited Arches and Cany0nlands National Parks. That was followed up by a fabulous bar mitzvah in Park City.

A transatlantic cruise is a great way to relax, and they are often a bargain!

We traveled on our first transatlantic cruise. That was relaxing. I am eager to do several more in the future. Labor Day weekend, we celebrated our anniversary in Moab, Utah, with good friends, and visited Arches and Cany0nlands National Parks. That was followed up by a fabulous bar mitzvah in Park City.

I’d always rather be warm than cold.

Visiting Park City in the summer is amazing, and much better weather-wise than in the winter. (I know that is debatable, as you can’t ski in the summer, which is precisely why I love it.)

Our annual Thanksgiving cruise was, as usual, a blast spending the week with friends and family in the warm Caribbean sunshine.

I booked more travel for clients in 2016 than in any year past, and am eager to crush those numbers in 2017. My clients traveled all over the world by plane and ship, enjoying tours (both private and shared), accommodations, transfers and more, all set up for them to travel with ease.

The year brought some unnerving challenges, including my mom’s surgically repaired broken leg (it is fine now), and more recently a heart attack (my dad – he has some lovely cleaned out arteries now and is fine), and a broken nose and finger (my mom, again.) I’ve been just fine. Fortunately, these all seem to be in the past, and we can move on.

Bring it, 2017.

I will kick the year off with a short visit to New York, then several new (to me) places.  We will take a cruise from Panama, through the canal, and up the coast of Costa Rica. Another cruise will take us, celebrating our twentieth wedding anniversary to England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, and Amsterdam. Of course, next year we will celebrate the beginning of the year with a bar mitzvah in Palm Beach, and the end of the year in New York, for another bar mitzvah. Yes, all of our friends had children at the same time, so their kids are all having bar mitzvahs at the same time.

Tomorrow, I will celebrate another trip around the sun, and this weekend brings both Hannukkah and Christmas (or as I like to call it, Christmakkuh). Enjoy. I wish you all a happy, healthy new year.

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