Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Year of Travel

Since it's the new year, I thought I'd post a re-cap of our journey in 2010.

In January 2010, we rang in the New Year in Paris, where we celebrated our five year engagement anniversary, which also took place in Paris in 2004/2005.

In February, we didn't budge much, but we did discover the cute town of Amboise in the Loire Valley, where Da Vinci died.

In March, we didn't travel at all, but we did eat lots of raclette. That should count for something, right?

April was a big travel month, as The Other Wallaces came to visit for three weeks, well, closer to four I guess, with the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Among the many places we visited, our top picks were Mont St. Michel in Normandy and the caves in the Dordogne Valley.

May was our last month in Orleans, after which we traveled south to Dijon, Beaune, and Switzerland.

June was mostly spent in and around Lyon at our French summer camp before heading to Italy.

July found us well integrated in Italy. We started in the north and worked our way south, meeting up with old and new friends along the way.

We arrived in China in mid July, but didn't really get around until August, when our students took us to the Great Wall.

September was the first of many trips to Beijing, where foreign food and traditional palaces are in abundance.

We did a lot of wandering in October, making it all the way down to Shanghai for the World Expo and Guilin for beautiful natural scenery.

We stayed closer to home in November, returning to a different section of the Great Wall and visiting Beijing again to celebrate Andrew's birthday.

In December we were homebodies, and the farthest we traveled was across town to hang with the other foreign teachers and celebrate Christmas with people who knew what eggnog was.

Well, that's it folks; a year in travel for us. Not too bad for twelve months, I think. My favorite moment of 2010 was probably standing in the Roman Forum for the first time and realizing that I had finally made it to Rome after years of dreaming.
Andrew's favorite moment of 2010 was his last day at Michel de la Fourniere, where all the students and teachers danced together Sallinger's Round outside on the playground, and then the kids doggie piled him for a good-bye hug.

What was your favorite moment of 2010?


  1. Haha, aw, that's so cute! Doggie piles are always awesome. My favorite of your moments from last year was Mont St. Michel. I must go someday.

  2. I love your recap. You have made such wonderful decisions that have enabled you to have the type of life you just described up there. :) My favorite memory with you in 2010 is of course hanging with you in Italy!