Before I knew it, December happened again…
Since I stopped going to Ukraine for New Year – and last time it happened was 2010, I feel like I’m missing out on what used to be the biggest holiday of my childhood. Neither Finns nor Americans are making such a big deal about the year changing. Not that they don’t celebrate, not at all, but the scale is not nearly the same as back in Ukraine where people start making plans for New Year night already in September.
However, the smell of the Christmas tree, cooking the traditional dishes and watching the Ukrainian TV (this one day a year when I do it) are kinda getting me in the mood. And as a part of the mood, here is my 2016 summary.
2016 for me wasn’t the most horrible year ever, since my family and my friends are all alive and healthy (more or less, rather more than less), and for this I am very grateful. Still, it wasn’t the most pleasant year and I am happy it is almost over.
The most memorable part of 2016: travels. There were familiar places (Canada, Oahu, New York, Miami, Paris, Lisbon, London) and new places (Big Island, Faro, Florence and Venice). Each of our trips was everything we could wish for emotions and experiences wise – and I am ever so grateful for this. Continue reading