January began in Rome but quickly made Florence my new home. I met my wonderful host family, explored the city streets and made authentic pizza. I discovered the beautiful little city of Lucca, ate more than I thought possible, and laid on the floor of the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo's work.
April began in beautiful Austria -- where I fulfilled my Sound of Music dreams in Salzburg. After a quick stop in Potsdam, I made my way to Oxford for the next few months. We took a trip throughout Wales, I brought in my 21st year with tea, and ended the month with more tea in Salisbury, Stonehenge and Bath.
June included several trips to London -- one to see Les Miserables and the other with David. I left Oxford early to go to the Philippines to see my beloved grandmother. I spent more time than I ever want to on airplanes (London to Abu Dhabi to Manila, to Abu Dhabi to London, to Berlin, to Frankfurt to Bologna).
December began with more papers and studying than I ever wanted, but quickly brought me to my first road trip. David and I drove along the California/Oregon coast, headed to Portland, Seattle and drove through the mountains back home. Time back home was warm and relaxing and I couldn't end the year with more love.
I've learned and experienced more in 2010 than I thought possible. All of the traveling and personal growth has been unbelievable. I have no idea what's to come in the new year (especially since I'm graduating in June!) but I'm hopeful and ready. Happy New Year!