Last December Chris and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. It kind of felt like we ought to do something out of the ordinary for the occasion, and we sort of did. We played ping pong, watched a movie and walked our dog on the beach.
Oh wait. We do that all the time.
But this day really was a bit different.
As we walked on the beach we dreamed about what we might want to do as a bigger anniversary celebration. Since we both love to travel, we brainstormed on a fabulous getaway. Dreaming is more than half the fun, I think. But we couldn’t decide where we might want to go. Then Chris came up with a brilliant idea. 25 small trips to celebrate our 25 years. Since he is an artist who can work on the road, and I can work wherever I have Internet, this seemed like a great idea so we started making a dream list.
Then work upped the ante.
Our little trips became no-so-little, and somehow we found ourselves in Italy two weeks ago (sharing WordPress with writers and journalists at the International Journalism Festival).
And now I’m writing this from Lisbon, where we are spending a month. My work team is going to spend a week here shortly, and we came early to enjoy the city together, and to spend some time with my cousin who lives in Europe.
I’m feeling pretty fortunate 🙂
So anyway, it’s been quiet here on my blog because I have been working/traveling/touring/trying to figure out a decent sleep schedule, and I have not been doing much else. But I think things are back on course now, so I can start sharing my thoughts. And some amazing images. I’m completely enamored with the rich history of these European cities.
When we go home next month, we will check in, re-acclimate, then start a road trip across the United States of America to visit friends and family for a month. Here’s where we stand on our list of 25 so far:
|1. WCUS – Philadelphia (we officially started our list last December since that was our anniversary month)|
|2. Niagara Falls – Ontario, Canada|
|3. Connecticut – visiting family and friends|
|4. Saratoga Springs, New York – company dinner and visit with relatives|
|5. Utah – visiting our boys and daughter-in-law|
|6. Greek Peak ski resort in NY – snowboard getaway|
|7. Toronto, Canada – visiting friends (forgot to take pics)|
|8. Perugia, Italy – International Journalism Festival for Work|
|9. Lisbon, Portugal – Team meeting for work and extra time for fun|
|10. Columbus, Ohio – visiting friends|
|11. Missouri – visiting friends|
|12. New Mexico – visiting friends|
|13. Utah – visit CJ and Lauren again|
|14. Las Vegas (maybe)|
|15. California (maybe) – visiting friends|
|16. South Carolina – visiting family|
|17. North Carolina – visiting family|
|18. Maryland – visiting family|
|19. West Virginia – check in on our boys at camp 🙂|
|20. Connecticut – nephew’s wedding 🙂|
As you can see, we are five trips short, but I have a feeling those will fill in nicely as the year journeys on. After all, it _is_ only April.