30.12.2012 - 31.12.2012
Yesterday morning, while flipping through TV channels in my hotel room in Montreal, I came across the movie "A Good Year" (en francais). My heart swelled with nostalgia, because that movie is one of my favorites. Later in the evening as I walked along Rue St Catherine, I thought back to the movie again and realized how grateful I feel to spend New Years in such a beautiful city.
The year 2012 has had it's ups and downs. Yet, as I reflect on everything that has happened in my life during the past 12 months, I know I have some great memories from my two trips: Hawaii and Montreal - complete opposites!
This summer, I soaked up the humid, sunny weather while island hopping in the Pacific Ocean. I enjoyed Hawaii for its gorgeous beaches, fresh fruit, multiculturalism, laid back vibe and everything else that surprised me about this popular tourist destination. I learned about a different aspect of Hawaiian culture and history while ghost hunting on Oahu. The next day, I found Paradise, a welcome reprieve from the amazing yet very crowded and touristy Waikiki. When I arrived in Lahaina, Maui, I fell in love with the old whaling town's relatively small size, art galleries, and beautiful coast.
Fast forward to late December, I arrived in Montreal a few days ago, and I am having a great time living la bonne vie. I've been exploring museums, drinking good coffee in the cafes and finding very cute clothes in the shops. Yes, it is extremely cold outside, and there is a lot of snow on the streets. Yet, that's the beauty of this adventure. I can't choose a favorite memory yet, because the journey is still in progress! After all, tonight is New Years Eve, and I'm looking forward to ringing in the start of 2013 in an exciting way. Tonight, there is going to be a New Years celebration and fireworks at midnight in Old Montreal at the Old Port. I can't wait!