I was rather heartbroken when I left my kids at the train station on a drizzly morning in Vasa, Finland at the end of March. They were flying home to New Mexico. I was flying south to Toulouse, France.
2011 had seen me in twice in Finland (once with the kids), in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Haiti and I’d already started off 2012 in India so I decided that despite a few other trips I had in mind for 2012, once I got home from southern France at the end of April I’d stick around Taos for the rest of the year and do all my travelling in my home region and WITH my kids.
It was a wise-choice because we had a blast.
It is always amazing what you can find around home and we’ve never forgotten that. Through the summer we were camping and fishing and playing in the mountains at every chance. In the fall we were at the harvest festivals, the art shows and Isabella was finally old enough for her first hot air balloon ride.
And of course, trains.
Soon the youngest will be old enough to travel with me more often and I can’t wait to take them to all the places I’m lucky enough to experience. For right now though, I’m happy that they get to know their home….of course, the fact that they are half Finnish means that they have two homes so….
2012 was the year I got back on my feet after several years of heartache on a number of levels. I fell clear on my writing and photography goals, cleared the fog off my values and lust for life and by the end of the year I was able to allow a very wonderful Panamanian woman into my heart. It was a good year and so I offer you pictures of 2012 (and some travel photography tips if you care to read more).
Please come back for 2013. I’ll start off in Panama – in just a little more than a week. Finland is back on the agenda (with the kids!) later in the year, as is England, France, Sweden, Norway…possibly another trip to Panama and a lot more from glorious New Mexico and Colorado….and…I’d still like to get back to Haiti if I can figure out how to do that.
And I have a few other ideas.
Stick around. ~ ~ ~
I wish you all a fabulous 2013.