Dec 31, 2013

An Ode to 2013

It all started with a dream to travel the world
Quit my job and explore
December thirty first two thousand twelve
For one-fourth of the year in Europe I roamed

Czech Republic Sweden France Italy
Slovakia Switzerland two times Germany

Norway Denmark Luxembourg Scotland
Netherlands Austria Belgium England

Wanderlust clinging growing
I itch and scratch
Job free, three hundred sixty five days
Not the original plan, not complaining

Utah Hawaii DC Virginia
Colorado New York Idaho California

Snowshoes to snorkeling and two pierced ears, pain
Just a little, chocolate, gelato in the US not the same

Nine one-way flights, five round trips, my favorite mode oftravel
Feet and Train
One pair of boots carried me through
Resoled battered I sure wish they had drains

Black, houndstooth, plaid umbrellas
Silver and polka dots the latter the good fella

How many days ‘til the money runs out
hmmm, that’s no fun, let’s not count

The people the experiences precious time with: Christmassisters
College roommates
Supportive Family, Friends priceless.
My nieces and nephews in all their cuteness are the realhipsters

December thirty first I sit on a Seattle bound plane
What a beautiful year twenty thirteen


  1. This is Tawnya's Mom, and to think I got to share it with you through your posts. A very BIG THANK YOU. Good luck in whatever you endeavor from here on out .

    1. It's been so fun knowing you are along for the ride. Thanks for the luck--I can use it. Thanks for reading :)

  2. Dude! Get a job already! :) Kidding! Love you! I hope Seattle was grand.

    1. I'm working on it, I'm working on it. OK maybe not as hard as I should. Happy New Year!

  3. Nicola, you are living our dreams for us. Thanks for all the posts - love 'em!! Happy New Year!

    1. Happy New Year! Oh, I hope you are doing well. Thank you for reading :)

  4. Nicola, Ginger Knecht here. I want to thank you for sharing your grand experience with us. I went to my computer every night to see what adventures you had that day. You have had a "dream year" now I hope you find your dream job. Best Wishes!

    1. Oh, this gives me the warm fuzzies. I HAVE had a dream year and thanks. I'll take all the hope luck and prayers I can get regarding that dream job ;) Thanks for coming on the ride with me. Happy New Year!