Of course tomorrow is in reality the day I complete my 60th year the way we count birthdays in the US... so in many ways it is a non-event since I have actually been in my 60th year for 11 months and 30 days (so to speak- since again our months are counted inconsistently...)
So I was spending a little time today looking back over the last decade- with its incredible blessings and challenges - the high points and low points. I started with the trip we took for my 50th birthday and then sort of went forward through time - thinking about where I was and what I was doing and who I knew and spent time with along the way... ten years - a long time - lots of things and yet so so fast as well...
I was working a lot in those earlier years of my 50s and then when my mother and sister got sick I shifted gears- when they both died in 2010 my life changed and my priorities changed somewhat and I started focusing even more on how I wanted to spend the rest of whatever time I had-
no surprise here- since my passion for quite some time has been traveling- with or without my husband and with or without friends... there is nothing more exciting than heading off someplace new... this week my friend Georgia (GA) and I are leaving for Morocco- I am returning and GA is going for the first time... so it should be fun for both of us... I went there last time in the year 2000- before Phil and I moved in together or got married - LOL - (or had our first through twelfth anniversaries)
but back to my last decade - the 5-0s of my life/time line...
and while I may add some photos later - I don't have them ready to go right this minute and you will know WHY when I tell you that my plan was to post a photo from every international trip I took while in my fifties- and here is the list-
Paris, February 2004
Japan, June 2004
London, Copenhagen & Venice, October 2004
Athens & Rhodes, Greece, December 2004
India, January 2005
London, April 2005
Burgundy Barging (w/ Paris), May 2005
Prague, Czech Republic & Budapest, Hungary, July 2005
Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Montenegro & Greece, August 2005
London, September 2005
Provence, France & Monaco, October 2005
Myanmar, Cambodia & Thailand, November - December 2005
Istanbul, Turkey, December 2005
Panama & El Salvador, February 2006
Portugal, April 2006
Quebec City & Montreal, Canada May 2006
Poland & Ukraine, June 2006
Austria, Lichtenstein, Venice, August 2006
Cambridge & Scotland, October 2006
Argentina, January 2007
Victoria BC Canada, May 2007
Amalfi Coast, Italy October 2007
Vancouver BC Canada, November 2007
Thailand, Bhutan & India, November 2007
Paris, February 2008
Dordogne France, October 2008
Laos & Vietnam, January 2009 (with Hong Kong transit for 2 days)
London, England September 2009
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 2009
Cinque Terre and Genoa, Italy, October 2009
Rome, Italy & Israel (with Petra Jordan) December 2009
Paris, France, March 2010
Argentina & Uruguay, November 2010
Tunisia, March 2011
South Africa, Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe, June 2011
Banff & Lake Louise, Alberta Canada, August 2011
Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Slovenia, November 2011
Cuba, April 2012
Bolivia & Colombia, August 2012
Denmark, Finland & Sweden, October 2012
New Zealand & Sydney Australia, December 2012
Paris, France, April 2013
Peru & Ecuador (Galapagos & Amazon) May 2013
Hong Kong & Yunnan Province & Southern China (w/ Shanghai) October 2013
Morocco, February 2014 THIS WEEK!!!
so you can see why that might be an issue- I will have to get selective or no one will be able to load the post to view it- LOL... there are only a few that I had on my iPad that I could grab quickly through Dropbox- you'll have to visit the website to see every trip's photos....
Rotorua New Zealand-
so on I go into the next decade and next adventure in my life, I have a super great husband, two cute cats, wonderful friends and other than some arthritis in my knees - good health- a blessed life indeed!!!!
Rotorua New Zealand-
so stay tuned for the Morocco trip and come back and visit this post as over the next few days when I have time here and there I will add some of my favorite photos of the decade- no way to actually choose most favored ones- just too many... but if you haven't been lately to photo website I can recommend that as a way to catch up with those ten years on various roads in various places...
it is located here: http://victoriasterlingspics.shutterfly.com
just cut and paste that link into your browser for more fun- more photos and always more to come!