2012 has been a year of firsts. From heading to New York for the first time and experiencing the grandeur that it is to having an adventurous and yet relaxing time in Jamaica, my first trip to the Caribbean. I’ve been published, I’ve began my first novel, I’ve tried sea urchin. So what’s next?
I’ve refused to make resolutions this year, it hasn’t been working these past 15 or so years that I can remember making resolutions only to be abandoned by the third week in. I’ve read a few blog posts that have claimed naming or deeming the approaching year is much more effective. So I have deemed the year of 2013 “The Year of Following Through” which means that I plan to see that I complete whatever shenanigans I get myself into. Wether it be weight loss goals, travel aspirations and writing accomplishments (getting that novel written!) but the key is to start with realistic goals and see that I get them done before the year is out. One of the most important and exciting aspirations I have for 2013 is making my dream of traveling to France and particularly Paris and Versailles to come to fruition. Still in the midst of recovering financially from Christmas but by Summer I will be ready and in late August – early September I plan to scratch one more experience off my bucket list.
But I have also been thinking on ways to improve my blog and ways I can make it a truer representation of myself. I look forward to celebrating my second year of blogging and furthering my writing along with it.
Otherwise I welcome with great anticipation the unexpected trips in between, the new experiences I don’t see coming and all that jazz.
Happy New Year to all my readers and thank you so much for reading and being apart of this blog I started on a whim in 2011.
The Best of 2012
The Best Foodie Experience… Eataly, New York
Literally everything a foodie dreams Italy to be but in the heart of Manhattan on 5th Avenue. Olive oil tastings, wines from Sicily to the Veneto, oven baked pizza, handmade pasta, gelato and even mozzarella made right before your eyes as your tour the entire store with a glass of prosecco in your hand and a shopping basket in the other. An unreal and delicious experience that makes being away from Italy a little more tolerable (for New Yorkers anyways).
The Best Beach… Lanikai, Oahu, Hawaii
I have yet to discover a better beach that offers powder soft sand, ideal snorkelling, picturesque islands in the distance to kayak to without all the busy surrounding resorts. The fish, the coral, the general underwater sea life is spectacular despite being near shore which is great for those on a budget who don’t want to pay for a tour and yet it is safe enough for the novice.
The Best Hotel Experience… The Caves Hotel in Negril, Jamaica
Actually the truth is I didn’t even stay here but stayed at the Sandals Resort at Montego Bay. We took a bus to Negril and stopped at The Sands where we participated in cliff jumping. The surroundings also offer up serene sunsets, turquoise waters clear as glass and caves for the curious to explore. The Caves Hotel has brilliantly created dinning experiences within these caves where you can dine or sit at their bar also within the caves. The living quarters are a mixture of rustic luxury with colours only the Caribbean could produce perched at an ideal ocean viewpoint.
The Best Family Friendly Experience… Vancouver German Christmas Market
Open from the last Sunday of November until December 24th the Christmas Market in Vancouver offers authentic German cuisine with Canadian twists such as the salmon BBQ kabobs. Of course it also offers German specialties like, my favourite, spaetzel with swiss cheese, fried onion and prosciutto. While the kids take in the festivities upon a glowing carousel with their apple ciders the parents can indulge with a German beer or a delicious mulled wine (said to calm those holiday nerves). A night of music, laughter and holiday memories both hand carved or delicate glass that you can perch on your tree for years to come and even pass down.
The Best Experience for Couples… Naramata, BC, Canada
This small town offers vineyards and wineries lining the edge of the clay cliffs that tower above the blue waters of Lake Okanagan, a quiet small town with an unexpected history of theatre and opera, first nations, and agriculture. Yoga is favoured and yoga upon SUP boards is becoming a popular trend. Kite surfing is another adventurous exercise that will entertain any spectator who prefer to watch than to participate. But other than fun in the sun the Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa holds a romantic spa package, a bar and dinning room serving local wines, cheeses and classic Okanagan farm-to-table dishes. Sunsets, surreal colours within the sky and lake, five star dinning and gorgeous views create an atmosphere with unparalleled intimacy that can’t be recreated in Napa.