It’s hard to believe we’ve closed another year already. Our time still has the capacity to simultaneously race by in the blink of an eye and slow to the pace of a snail, stretching out to an eternity.
2018 was rich in experiences, rife with emotions and full of change and opportunity. The time is a push-pull between courting and embracing change and fighting to stay the same.
With every new experience we see how fortunate we are and yet we find ourselves longing for what was left behind.
While time races by for Manolo & I, we know that the measure of time for the kids is wholly different, moments of happiness flying by, light as air. Moments of unhappiness dragging on, held back by the sheer weight of it all.
Ideally what each of us will be able to do, in the face of a bright, shiny new year, is to identify those parts of ourselves which resonate, which ring true. Those parts we wish to bring along, to continue to feed and grow, those parts which feed our becoming.
And that we can gracefully let go of those parts of ourselves which no longer feed us. We can thank them for all they’ve taught us, all they helped us weather through, and let them go.
The New Year will promise more change, more opportunity, more experiences. We will ideally greet them with our best selves and with a readiness to let them further shape our becoming.
When we are our absolute luckiest, our friends are here to share these experiences. Sharing this Christmas and New Years with our besties from home made our hearts feel whole again. It sets our New Year off to the very best start possible, grounded in the knowledge that our friendships span even the greatest distances.
We welcomed them with a surprise on Christmas Eve, celebrated Christmas together in our home and then set out for an epic 1,700km road trip. Stops along the way included:
Füssen , Germany – home of the Neuschwanstein Castle – rumored to be the Disney inspiration castle. Also home to a reptile zoo which horrified Cath but allowed us to deposit the kids while we grocery shopped and day-drank. A risky combination but the outcoming snacks are so fun!
Munich, Germany, for a quick and crowded view of the city.
Regensburg, Germany, a delightful gem along the Danube.
Prague, Czech Republic, along with a few hundred thousand other tourists. For those of you who also know and love my dear friend Cath, you can appreciate how much she enjoyed the pedestrian grid-lock which is the result of impossibly massive crowds of people. This was our furthest destination and where we rang in 2019.
Nuremberg, Germany, another Bavarian town with a very rich history. A stopping point to break up the drive. We’ve lost our good long-distance road-trip skills since moving to teeny-tiny Switzerland.
Freiburg, Germany, for a lovely visit with Cath’s brother and family who live there.
Enjoy some of the images I captured along the way which give a tiny glimpse of the beauty we saw and the shenanigans we got up to.
This video shows the DIY fireworks that went on all around us for hours. Well past 2 am this was still happening. This is the view from our balcony.
Incredible memories made with this special family. We are forever grateful for friendships that span oceans and time.