11 countries, 19 weeks on the road. That’s our trips all together. Many kinds of adventures, new places, wonderful people, delights that would water any mouth. On the other hand hundreds of travel hours, sleepless nights, tens of security checks, packing and unpacking the suitcases, being nauseous (especially me.. on the boat, in the car… ). But on the top of it feeling grateful.
Here is a review to our year.
Uzi: On January 2014 Merja and I went on a private tour to India. We saw the treasures of Rajasthan, looked for the missing tiger in Ranthambhore, and yes, somebody else took the pictures!
In May it was Turkey’s turn and our task to discover the wonders of Istanbul and Olympus. Also from here my memories bring back the lovely people and the delicious Turkish kitchen.
In Berlin as a real Tourist! Brunches, shopping, sighseeing. I didn’t even take my laptop or camera with me (luckily my friend borrowed me the last 🙂 ) It was my third and my friend’s third time and she simply loved it.
A work trip to Muhu in Estonia. Our task was to discover what this beautiful island has to offer for families. My kids loved silk painting and ostrich farm. Their mother misses Padaste manor restaurant most of all 🙂
Uzi: First weekend of June is always reserved to my Clients from Japan with whom I cover the annual Monde Selection event. The 2014 Monde Selection event was in Bordeaux, France.
In Croatia we attended a EU conference of sustainable tourism. It didn’t remain on a theoretical level but we explored the beautiful nature of Losing island for example on a wooden boat regatta. Lovely place, lovely colleagues, thank you!
Uzi: On September I travelled to Israel together with my entire family. We met with my 3 brothers’ families. The meeting was such a big success that we decided to have the next big family meeting at the same time in 2015, this time in Burgundy, France.
In October we had a 16 long work trip to India. We traveled from Delhi to Shillong and through Rajastan on a luxury train and ended our trip in Mumbai. Here we are in the heart of the famous Taj Mahal.
From India Uzi returned home but I continued for another 16 days to Nepal where I met my brother who was also my photographer there. Here we are with Päivi Leppänen from Fida and Durga from Transformation Nepal making our journey to the small villages in Nuwakot. We were treated like kings in the schools that we visited. See the amount of flowers we got from the kids. Heartwarming!
We finished our year by attending the food festival in Athens in December. We basically sat the whole weekend in restaurants eating and tasting the best the Greek kitchen offers. The new mecca of culinary wonders.
This was our travel year. We already have plans for the next one, let’s see what will work out. Have wonderful year whether being at home or traveling! Thank you for following us this year, hope to see you on 2015 as well!