I love a good #throwback. And remembering the trips I made during the year that has passed always helps me get a wider vision of how I spent my free time, month by month. 2019 was a year where I grew and developed in my job, and had the pleasure to travel both on vacation and for work. I didn’t manage to travel in July or November, as I had very special visitors in Berlin both months, as well as in February (which is always a slow month…).
It was in 2019 that I reached (and surpassed) my personal goal of visiting 30 countries before 30 – I’ve arrived at 33 at the age of 29! This year alone I went to 5 new countries: Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Croatia.
JANUARY: Rio de Janeiro / Ilha Grande (Brazil)
As usual, I spent New Year’s in my hometown, Rio de Janeiro. And I also took the opportunity to spend a few days in Ilha Grande for the first time, a tropical paradise near Rio, with wonderful beaches and nature.
MARCH: Ziethen (Germany)
In March, my work colleagues and I spent a few days in our company’s winter retreat in a palace-hotel in Ziethen, a town that is 1-hour north of Berlin.
APRIL: Naples + Pompeii + Amalfi Coast (Italy) / New York City (USA)
My boyfriend and I spent the East holiday visiting southern Italy: Naples, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, besides Sorrento and Positano in the Amalfi Coast. And, of course, we ate a lot of delicious pizza!
In April I also went back to New York for work, over 8 years after my first visit, and had the pleasure to visit a friend who is living there and to spend my birthday with her in NYC. It was also the first time I flew business / first class – an experience I’ll never forget!
MAY: New York City (USA)
New York didn’t want to get rid of me so soon, and in the following month I went there for work once more. From there, I flew straight to my vacation in Israel.
JUNE: Israel & Palestine
In June, my boyfriend and I spent 11 days visiting a couple of friends who are living in Tel Aviv and in Jerusalem, in Israel. We also visited several cities in Palestine, including a few less visited ones by tourists (such as Nablus, Ramallah and Jericho, besides Bethlehem), since our friend had a diplomatic passport and car, which allowed us to reach these places. We also went to Masada, the Dead Sea, and northern Israel (Nazareth, Capernaum, Galilee, Jordan River, Haifa, Akko). This was the easternmost destination I’ve visited so far, and I learned a lot about the history and conflict of this region.
AUGUST: South of Germany
In August, I had a work trip to a town in southern Germany (name withheld due to NDA).
SEPTEMBER: Cyprus / South of Germany / Luxembourg / Split (Croatia)
September was quite eventful! We went back to the Mediterranean Sea to spend beach vacations in Cyprus, an island-country where most part of the territory is influenced by Greece, and a portion in the north is occupied by Turkey. We visited the regions of Paphos, Limassol, the Blue Lagoon, Larnaca, Ayia Napa and Nicosia – the latter being the only capital in the world that is still divided. We crossed the border on foot to briefly visit the Turkish side.
I also went on a work trip to another town in the south of Germany (name undisclosed) and went for the first time to Luxembourg to give a talk representing my company. I got to know the capital, Luxembourg City, and the university town of Belval.
On top of that, I had a wonderful company summer retreat with my work colleagues to Split, in Croatia. We visited the old town, the waterfalls at the Krka National Park, went zip lining and ate reeeally well. Those were a few amazing days!
OCTOBER: Spreewald (Germany)
Fortunately, in 2019 the month of October was quite warm and sunny in Berlin and surroundings, so we took a day trip with friends on a Sunday to the town of Lübbenau, in the region of Spreewald, around 1 hour south of Berlin and known as “the Venice of Germany”. There, we rented canoes and paddled for a couple of hours through the dozens of canals that link one village to the other.
In October, I also spent one night in Leipzig to watch the circus show Corteo by Cirque du Soleil, invited by my dear friend Max, and also to get a backstage tour. We took the opportunity to visit a friend who lives there, who also joined us to watch the show. On the following weekend, it was his turn to visit me in Berlin.
DECEMBER: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
My year finished as it started, in my hometown.
Now it’s time for one of my favorite activities: planning the trips for the new year that is just starting!! 🙂