2022 was an expected whirlwind! Starting the year off in Antarctica finishing my first contract as Global Gallery Manager onboard the National Geographic Resolution from November 2021 to March 2022. I then headed home as I needed to complete my STCW training and renew my passport and my sister was getting married at the beginning of May. After the wedding and once I got my passport back, I headed straight back to Europe! First to Rome, and then I meet Sarah in Largo Maggiore for a few days before we meet up with Danielle in Sicily. I then headed home and turned right back around to head to Florida to complete my first Freediving certification before starting my second contract in Iceland. Hitting Iceland, Greenland, Canada, the Northwest Passage, Alaska, Vancouver, Seattle, and LA. I then disembarked in Tahiti.
Once in Tahiti, I carted a Bénéteau – Oceanis 411 with a coworker for two weeks, and it was amazing! I really enjoy sailing and can’t wait to buy a boat one day but first, the Rome apartment. After Tahiti, I went home for a month to Jersey and made a trip to PA to see Carly and Bob’s new house. Then headed back to PA at the end of October for Brody’s wedding. And the day after the wedding I left for Europe. Spending the night in Rome at Dawn’s farmhouse before meeting Sarah in Montenegro the next day. We spent a few nights in Montenegro, where we rented a car, then drove to Albania for a few nights before splitting up. Sarah went back to Copenhagen, and I headed back to Rome! Montenegro and Albania were both beautiful, and though the driving was an adventure, I can’t wait to go back and explore more. However, I was extremely excited to return to Rome because, after three years, I was able to rent the apartment I lived in during Graduate School, which is also the apartment I would love to buy if I can talk Paola into one day selling it to me. After a month in Rome, I went to visit Sarah and Christopher in Copenhagen as they got married at the beginning of November, and it was the perfect time for some Christmas markets! Though Copenhagen is very dark and depressing during the winter, the lights really make a difference. After a week in Copenhagen of drinking Gløgg, visiting museums, and the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s largest theme park Sarah and I headed out to Malmö, Sweden, where she and Christopher first met. Sarah really loves Sweden, and it was fun to explore together. However, we were very disappointed to find out their Christmas markets are only open from Thursday till Sunday, so we had just missed it, and I was to fly back to Rome the day before they opened. So, a little disappointed, I headed back to Rome before having to head home earlier than planned to attend my uncle’s funeral. Initially, I was going to stay in Rome for another few weeks but had to leave at the beginning of the month. Though it ended up being a blessing that I went home early because the weather turned, and if I had stayed with my original flight, I wouldn’t have been able to get home, and that would have been a real disappointment. Then, spending Christmas and New Year’s with my family, I packed up my stuff and headed out in January for my first contract of 2023.
So, what does 2023 look like?! Starting the year off, I am back in Antarctica, and during this contract, we will also visit South Georgia, the Falklands, and Patagonia. Then in mid-April, after my first Atlantic crossing, I will disembark in Lisbon. My plans from there are to stay in Lisbon, then hit Porto, Bilbao, Madrid, and Croatia. Then heading back to Rome before joining the ship in Norway. I may go to Norway, Finland, or Copenhagen a few days early before signing on, but everything is still up in the air. Then after Norway, we head to Iceland, Greenland, the Northwest Passage, Alaska, and reposition to Japan! I will be on board for two voyages in Japan, where we will also visit Korea, and then I will disembark in Japan and plan to stay for a month before heading to India. While in India, I will be completing my continuing education requirement for my international yoga instructor certification, which must be fulfilled every three years. I am looking forward to this as it will be the first time I will be in India and my first time studying in person as I had to do my first certification online due to covid. Then I will have a few weeks before I must join the ship in mid-December for our Antarctica season, so I am thinking of going to Egypt or Rome before starting my last contract of the year. 2022 has indeed been a blessing, and I am beyond excited to see what 2023 has in store for me!
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