2014 was a hell of a year. It was the last third of my time in Germany before my contract ended there.
In 2014, I visited old favorite cities and the friends that resided in each- Munich, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin. I visited new cities in Germany that I had not yet seen- Dresden, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Heidelberg.
In 2014, I visited cities in other countries that I had never seen before- Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Egypt.
In 2014, I saw concerts by Ellie Goulding, Gary Numan, Baskery, Hayseed Dixie, Air Supply, Eels, the Alan Parsons Live Project, and Lewis Black. I saw stage productions of The Little Shop of Horrors (auf Deutsch) and the Book of Mormon.
In 2014, I saw America play Germany in the World Cup. I saw Germany lose its collective mind with joy when they were victorious in the final game. I attended beer festivals and blogger meetups.
In 2014, I went hot air ballooning over Bavaria. I rode a camel through one tiny corner of the Sahara desert. I rode Segways twice, and found them to be much smoother than a camel. I saw the Great Pyramid at Giza.
In 2014, I saw two dear friends wed to their beloved, one in July and one in October. I saw my Aunt Florence laid to rest over a funeral home’s live Internet video stream from my apartment in Germany.
In the last three months of 2014, I came home and began to reset my life here. My books and movies have been boxed up for four years. and I feel like I have been too. I’ve been stuck for a long while.
2015 is going to be a grand adventure, I think. I’m starting the year off by taking my girlfriend with me to California in late January to see one of my all time favorite bands. There’s other stuff on the calendar, but I won’t list it all out here.
I’m just glad to see 2014 on its way out. I’m ready to be unstuck.
What are you looking forward to about 2015?