It’s a privilege to enjoy each passing year even more than the one before. That’s always been the case for me, and I hope I never take that feeling for granted. There may come a day it doesn’t feel that way anymore.
I never want to feel like I could have or should have done more. For now, I’m willing and able, so I’m trying to undertake as many new adventures as possible. Here’s an account of some of my personal exploits during 2019.
Here are the 7 Countries I traveled through:
Canada, Croatia, Greece, France, Italy, Mexico, Monaco
The 70+ Cities I visited:
Arlington (VA), Athens, Austin, Banff National Park, Belagio, Brooklyn, Calgary, Cancun, Cannes, Chapel Hill, Chicago, Coronado, Cuba (MO), Detroit, Dubrovnik, Dunedin, Flagstaff, Gordes, Grand Canyon Village, Kyle, Lake Como, Lake Geneva (WI), Lake of the Ozark, Longview, Los Angeles, Madrid, Menerbes, Milan, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Monaco, Murrysville, Napa, Nashville, New Glarus, New Orleans, New York, Neum (I only drove through and stopped in a gas station and a grocery store, so it probably doesn’t count…but it was interesting to see a slice of Bosnia.), Nice, Oppède, Phoenix, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Pittsburgh, Pula, Rancho Palos, Verdes, Reillanne, Rehoboth, Richmond (VA), Rovinj, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Santorini, Seattle, Sedona, Split, Springfield (WI), St. Louis, St. Petersburg, Sunol, Squamish, Tulum, Vancouver, Venice, Washington DC, Whistler, Zagreb
The 50+ Breweries I drank at:
All Relation (New Orleans), Arts District Brewery (LA), Bearded Iris Brewing (Nashville), Bee Beer (Madrid), Bere Buona Birra (Milan), Birre da tutto (Venice), BKS Artisan Ales (KC), Boomtown Brewery (LA), Border Brewing (KC), Boulevard Brewing (KC), Brewery, Emperial (KC), Brewsters Eleventh Ave (Calgary), Broxton (LA), Cabin Brewing Company (Calgary), City Barrell (KC), Cinderlands Beer Co (Pittsburgh), Coast Mountain Brewing (Whistler), Craft Beer Market (Vancouver), Craft Room (Zagreb), Dangerous Man Brewing Co (Minneapolis), Dogfish Head (Rehoboth), Double Shift (KC), Dubrovnik Beer Company (Dubrovnik), Eureka Heights Brew Co (Houston), Grizzly Paw Brewing Co (Canmore), Half Door Brewing (San Diego), Hitchhiker (Pittsburgh), KC Bier Co (KC), Mikkeller San Diego (San Diego), Mob Craft Brewing (Milwaukee), Modern Times Flavordome (San Diego), Modest Brewing Company (Minneapolis), Monkish Brewing (LA), Mother Road (Flagstaff), New Glarus Brewing (New Glarus), Oil Horse Brewing (Longview), Other Half Brewing Co (Brooklyn), Robb De Matt Birrificio Lambrate (Belagio), Resident Brewing Co (San Diego), Russian River Brewing (Santa Rosa), Saint Arnold Brewing (Houston), Santa Monica Brew Works (Santa Monica), Sedona Brewing Company (Sedona), Sony Mash Beer Project (New Orleans), Steamworks Brewing Company (Vancouver), Stilt House Brewery (Dunedin), Stone Brewing (San Diego), Strange Days (KC), Torn Label (KC), The Courtyard Brewery (New Orleans), The Dudes Brewing Company (LA), Whistler Brewing (Whistler), Wren House Brewing Company (Phoenix), Urban Chestnut Brewing Co (St. Louis), 8th Wonder Brewery (Houston)
The Live Music I enjoyed:
Bear Cub and Foals (San Diego), Death Cab for a Cutie (Lolla), Disturbed (KC), Doobie Brothers and Santana (KC), Chance the Rapper (Lolla), Chevelle (Lolla), Iron Maiden (Calgary), Joywave (KC), Kiss (KC), Kurt Vile (St. Louis), Making Movies (KC), Metallica (KC), Moth and The Flame (KC), Tame Impala (Lolla), Tame Impala (Nashville), The Black Keys (KC), The Real Tech N9ne (KC), The Who (St. Louis), Tool (KC), Yeasayer (KC)
The Comedy I saw:
The Art Museums I visited:
Escher: The Exhibition and Experience at Industry City (Brooklyn)
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (KC)
Leonardo3 Museum (Milan)
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Museum of Fine Art (Houston)
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art (KC)
The Getty (LA)
The Guggenheim (NYC)
The Nikes I wore most:
my pink Air Force 1 High Utility Shoe
my pink Air Max
my sparkly Blazers
my Carhartt WIP Air Force 1s
my custom Low Nike Blazers
my grey and orange Air Force 1s
my blue suede cuties
my woven Blazers
my Sweet Classic Highs
Review past years: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
🍻 🍺 Beer with my while I read these lists. Do you ever go home? Do you even have one? 😱😂
I do have a home that I really enjoy, and I miss it from time to time. It’s just so hard to say no to any opportunity to travel and see new things. I figure one of the days I’ll have to slow down though. Hopefully I’ll find similar joys and contentment from that way of living as well.
Ha ha. I certainly encourage travel and ‘seeing the world’. It’s how we get to know each other. I did a lot back in the day, and still get around a bit. Planning on NZ and Australia this May, if it stops burning! I stumbled upon a little known but very thorough travel blog about China, if you’re ever headed there: https://rachelmeetschina.com
I hope you get to take that trip. I’m so saddened by what’s going on in Australia. Can’t wait to see your posts if you get to go there.
and thank you for that recommendation. I’ll check out Rachel’s blog!