I love New Years. There are a lot of reasons for all this adoration. You’re surrounded with family and friends, you’re taking a breather from work, and your main focus is a having a blast.
A few days after each new year, I go through photos from the year before. I love reliving and remembering each place I visited, all the folks I spent time with, and the crazy things I got to do.
I think we can all agree that poor old 2016 didn’t have the best of reputations. It was a stressful and dizzying year. But I don’t want to let the past go out with a fizzle. I’ll count each new country I visited, city I explored, beer I tasted, concert I danced awkwardly during, and feast I gobbled up as a positive.
My travels included 35 cities:
Honolulu, Maui, Nags Head, Chapel Hill, Calgary, Alberta BC, Banff National Park, Oakland, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Park City, Detroit, South Bend, Dallas, Good ol’ Longview, Rehoboth, New Orleans, Austin, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Cape May, Kansas City, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Cologne, Dortmund, Zurich, Füssen, Freiburg, Nuremberg, Munich, Dachau (okay–that one was a bummer–but heartbreakingly important to witness firsthand), Valencia, & Frankfurt
The 20 breweries I visited:
Maui Brewing (Maui, HI), Kohola Brewery (Maui, HI), Last Best Brewing and Distilling (Calgary, AB), Banff Ave Brewing (Banff, AB), Anchor Steam (San Francisco, CA), 21st Amendment (San Francisco, CA), Mikkeller (San Francisco, CA), Dogfish Head (Rehoboth, DE), Zilker Brewing Co (Austin, TX), Brouwerij ‘t IJ (Amsterdam), De Pelgrim Brewery (Rotterdam), Hitchhiker Brewing Company (Pittsburgh, PA), Kansas City Bier Company (Kansas City, MO), Threes Brewing (Brooklyn, NY), Dry Hop (Chicago, IL), Piece (Chicago, IL), Uncommon Ground (Chicago, IL), Moody Tongue (Chicago, IL), Dovetail (Chicago, IL), & Half Acre (Chicago, IL)
And all the live music:
Hamilton (not exactly a concert, but musically fun none-the-less), Radiohead, M83, Bastille, Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia (2x), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Silversun Pickups (2x), Haim, Bloc Party, LCD Soundsystem, Band of Horses, Foals (2x), Kaleo, Banks and Steelz (Paul Banks from Interpol and Riza from Wu Tang), Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse , Sugarpulp, Eagulls, Steely Dan, CHVRCHS, Big Grams (Big Boi and Phantogram), Miike Snow, Frightened Rabbit, Leon Bridges, Chris Stapleton, Father John Misty, Smashing Pumpkins, & Kurt Vile
2016, and my 29th year on earth, you weren’t so bad after all.