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Well hello there, 2009! Guest blogging, travel planning, and more!


With only one word to describe 2009, I think I would have to go with sneaky. Yes, 2009 – you little sneak, you – you are definitely here now in full-force, but only after giving me quite the impressive surprise party on New Year’s Eve. Thank you, Kiev, for that one. The twenty minute fireworks display and the free concert thereafter was amazing!

Sure, it was never my plan to stay in Kiev for New Year’s, but now I’m glad I did. We had a lot of fun running around downtown, which was probably helped by the Ukrainian approach to vodka we decided to take in the process.

Yep, we took shots of vodka on the escalator… (please don’t mind the hideous picture of me)

escalator vodka

In the phone booth…

phonebooth vodka

In the bathroom…

bathroom vodka

And then some…

and then some

Luckily, it was still a memorable experience for me 🙂

So, here we are in 2009. It’s hard to believe that I actually started blogging about travel planning back in 2006, but my archives tell all. Actually, travel planning has been a huge part of my life since I can remember. Whenever I learned about a family trip when I was younger, my suitcase was always packed at least a week in advance in anticipation!

I recently wrote a guest blog post for Viscape about such travel planning experiences and New Year’s travel resolutions, which was just published today. Make sure to check it out here:

I Want to Leave in 2009? New Year’s Travel Resolutions!

And, as for my New Year’s travel resolutions…?

I don’t think I want to spoil all the excitement just yet, but you know me – I usually have something up my sleeve. Let’s just say I see 2009 getting very interesting 😉

Happy New Year!


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5 Responses to Well hello there, 2009! Guest blogging, travel planning, and more!

  1. [F]oxymoron January 6, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

    Glad to see you welcomed the New Year with a warm, Vodka-infused, hello!

  2. Grant January 15, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    Great site Brooke! Would you like to contribute a story to my site? Let me know..


  3. Bethishomesickagainblah January 16, 2009 at 10:29 am #

    Hey, how did i miss this post? Anyway – I think it’s great you got that guest blogger spot! Way to go! Looks like you got another one too 🙂

  4. pete June 15, 2009 at 9:30 am #

    Great stories…..makes me wish I could travel more. Check out Vagabondstoy. I stumbled across it on a blog and I loved it.


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