Happy New Year’s Day From Tbilisi, Georgia!

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Yup, I’m starting 2019 in this little country that sits on the continental border of Europe and Asia and is surrounded by Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and the Black Sea!

After Michael and I’s Mediterranean cruise, I had three days to blog about our adventures and be blog up-to-date ready for my solo trip here during the second week of my Christmas break.

Because Michael and I work at different schools, and our schools started the 2018/2019 year on different dates, our two week Christmas break didn’t start at the same time. Michael’s Christmas break started a week before mine.  So he and a buddy went to Georgia for a week. Michael returned to Qatar, we cruised the Mediterranean together, and now he is back to work and it is my turn to check out this county!

But this blog isn’t about Tbilisi…this blog is a reflection of  2018’s year of travel!

Shout out to blogger My Dusty Flip-Flops because it was her 2018 Travel Review blog that inspired this blog!

Our 2018 year of travel started in March.  We travelled to Essex, Ontario, Canada for two weeks to be with Michael’s father during his final days.  ❤ ❤ ❤

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Summer break brought me to Athens, Greece:

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The Greek Island, Hydra:

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Then Michael and I to Athens, Greece:

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Greek Island, Naxos:

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Greek Island, Mykonos:

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I had a day in Lisbon, Portugal!

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Then across the North Atlantic to Canada  – first stop – the province of Ontario to see family:

Then the province of British Columbia for a music festival and stain a deck:

Then the last weeks of summer break were in the province of Nova Scotia to be with family and friends:

 

Summer break over, it was back to Doha and routine!  Until December – Christmas Break – and we were on another travel adventure!

Barcelona, Spain:

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Rome, Italy:

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Vatican City:

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Genoa, Italy:

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Marseille, France:

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…..bringing us back to Doha on the 29th of December!

It feels a bit narcissistic – posting so many selfies of us – but I do so because I love my husband so much – and we just travel so well together!  Travel tests a marriage – because all of what I post is generally the happy stuff.  But the jet lag, airport disasters, long layovers, long flights, getting lost in strange cities, getting lost in strange cities on an unfamiliar metro or bus system….are also part of travel! Just when we think we’ve covered every travel basic to avoid any bumps – something else happens!!!

As well, this reflection of our travels during the 2018 year shows me my growth as a traveler….how I am more settled, able to absorb and be more in the present moment rather than overwhelmed by so much newness and unfamiliarity around me. Basically, I’m becoming a better traveler!

This blog wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention gratitude.  To be able to see the world…experience different cultures, foods, traditions, beliefs….to walk into the unknown and take it all in…..

I’m so blessed…both with the ability to travel and have such a wonderful husband, life partner to wander the earth with……..  ❤ ❤ ❤

Thank you, those who take the time to check out my blog….our adventures…..because I just love sharing my pictures, my joy, my love, my enthusiasm for life!!!!!

I wish for you that 2019 be filled with lots of laughter, love, joy, delicious food and travel adventures both near and far…

With heart,

Stephanie, ❤

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Tish Millette says:

    Happy 2019 Stephanie
    ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Same to you Tish!! xoxo ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. mama says:

    An excellent recap of 2018 ….Love your head gear 😳and you 😍
    mama 👵🏻❤️💜💙

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    1. Thanks mama!!!! Love you!!!! xoxoxoxo

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  3. Aaah, thank you so much for the shout out 🙂 And what a fabulous post!! You’ve had such an adventurous, fun and travel filled year 🙂 And now you are in Georgia, wow!! I’m looking forward to checking out your posts about your time there 🙂
    Travelling with a partner can be challenging at times, but when you find someone who you travel well with they are definitely for keeps haha! I am lucky to be in a similar position, my partner is a great travelling companion and I love exploring the world with him 🙂
    Thanks so much for keeping my wordpress reader such a joyous place! I always find your posts, interesting, uplifting and fun and I look forward to reading more in 2019 – Happy New Year to you!!!!

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    1. I’m sending you a GINOURMOUS hug!!!!! I hope you too have an amazing 2019 – filled with lots of travel, laughter, love and joy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 ❤

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