I didn’t do extensive traveling this year, but I was able to go on a couple short trips abroad and some more places much closer to home. Here, in no particular order, are some of my most memorable experiences of the year, many of which are food-related.
This was, quite simply, one of the most moving places I have ever experienced, and I will never forget it.
Wandering the streets of Edinburgh
Edinburgh was delightful and a great place to wander. I loved checking out charity shops, music stores, and art supply stores, and fantastic street art and hole-in-the-wall falafel takeaway added to the surprise.
Dinner with J in New York
J and I rarely travel together due to different work schedules and comfort levels, so I was excited to accompany him on a business trip to New York in the spring. On our first night we enjoyed pretty authentic Neapolitan pizza, cocktails, and desserts while watching a storm roll in. Rather than retreat into the restaurant, we decided to stay at our (sheltered) outside table and watch the downpour transform the city.
Denver Greek Festival
This one might be too close to home to count, but it’s always fun to check out one’s own city. It was a great opportunity to eat Greek food, watch cooking demonstrations, and, best of all, see the beautiful Assumption of the Theotokos Metropolis Cathedral of Denver.
Indian food in Edinburgh
Like I said, a lot of these are food-related.
Budapest is littered with remains of its Roman past, and I enjoyed touring the city in search of everything I could find, from the archaeological park containing several city blocks to the baths under an overpass. Seeking Roman ruins was a great way to see the city and navigate its public transportation, too.
I visited the Brooklyn Museum for the first time in May and it was well worth the journey out of Manhattan. Highlights included Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party (pictured), amazing Egyptian art, and the David Bowie exhibition.
It’s been fun, 2018–here’s hoping for some amazing adventures in 2019!