1 – What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before
+ Went on OKCupid dates, and continued seeing the first one I met for a couple months
+ Indoor rock climbing
+ Went to Canada (Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Nova Scotia)
+ Attended a zouk congress
+ Danced in the spray of Niagara Falls
+ Rode on a party bus and danced on a pole
+ Demonstrated blues dancing in the middle of a restaurant–on two different trips
+ Lived out of one piece of luggage for over a month
+ Had a romantic getaway
+ Fulfilled someone’s boyhood fantasy
+ Fulfilled someone’s dream of going to NYC and played tourist
+ Introduced to a lover’s family
+ Long distance relationship
+ Went to Germany (Frankfurt and Berlin), England (London), Italy (Venice, Milan, and Rome), and Spain (Barcelona and Figueres)
+ Visited the Vatican
+ Took a prohibited picture of the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel
+ Stayed and danced in an 18th century Italian mansion
+ Danced in an Italian convent
+ Went sailing
+ Met a corgi in a top hat and bowtie
+ Sunbathed on a beach in October
+ Took a tango lesson… in Italian
+ Went to a flamenco show (and was moved to tears)
+ Took a train between countries
+ Visited the childhood home of Goethe
+ Visited the hometown of Salvador Dali
+ Ate gelato
+ Learned and spoke Italian (albeit VERY little)
+ Danced bachata
+ Danced at a show on a boat
2 – Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Having been dumped on 12/30/15 from a very unhappy relationship, I wasn’t in the mood to make NYE resolutions. I stayed in to marathon Luther and completely missed the countdown, and I was satisfied with that. However, for the rest of the year I was better about checking out when things got to be too much, and not kicking myself too much over it. I had to acknowledge that there are days when pushing yourself costs too much.
3 – Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friends Paul and Erin had their first child, Emilia Rose Tyler. I’ll be quite pleased to meet her when I can.
4 – Did anyone close to you die?
This year has been one of heartbreak. Who can be closer than the artists who have helped shape you and bring you joy? David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Sharon Jones, and more. http://www.syracuse.com/celebrity-news/index.ssf/2016/01/celebrity_deaths_in_2016_famous_photos.html
5 – What countries did you visit?
Canada (x3), Iceland (only for a flight transfer), Germany (x2), Austria (only passing through by train), Italy, England, Netherlands, and Spain.
6 – What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
More space on my phone. A camera.
7 – What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
So many to choose from… April Fool’s Day, I suppose. It was the last day of my job at Life Alive and other reasons.
8 – What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Making connections abroad. More importantly, finding travel companions and hosts.
9 – What was your biggest failure?
10 – Did you suffer illness or injury?
I fell ill when I was in London, which put a damper on the week. Didn’t do much exploring as a result.
11 – What was the best thing you bought?
Passes to dance events around the world.
12 – Whose behavior merited celebration?
+ Claire, an amazing and generous roommate, travel buddy, and friend.
+ My mother for always having my back.
+ Julie, Amos, Laura, Karsten, Elisa, Will, Henry, Gareth, Gunnar, Ditta, Khaled, and so many others that hosted me, explored alongside me, and made me feel welcome.
+ Jose, Danielle, Dana, Carlos, Inna, Tommie, and the whole zouk crew for being so kind and instructive.
+ Jen, Chooch, Steve, and all those that offered to lend me a hand in finding work.
+ Chad for his help during my time of unemployment.
+ Teddy for being so accommodating and supportive with my financial stressing.
13 – Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I had a fight with an ex. He was right to be upset with me and how I handled things, but it felt justified after everything.
14 – Where did most of your money go?
Travelling and dance events.
15 – What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16 – What song will always remind you of 2015?
Tonight You Belong to Me by Eddie Vedder
17 – Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Happier. Much, much happier. Even though the world around me is going to shit.
ii. thinner or fatter?
Don’t know. My mother pointed out that I’m getting more definition in my thighs and my ass is in better shape.
iii. richer or poorer?
I had to ask my mother to help cover my rent. Do not like.
18 – What do you wish you’d done more of?
19 – What do you wish you’d done less of?
Mistakes with a financial impact. Losing my EUrail pass, failing to find subletter, failing to sell weekend dance pass to DJX/Dance Alchemy event, etc.
20 – How will you be spending Christmas?
Always the same. Christmas Eve with my paternal family, and Christmas Day with my mother.
21 – Did you fall in love in 2016?
Maybe a little. 🙂
22 – What was your favorite TV program?
Brooklyn 99 and Community helped when I wasn’t feeling well.
23 – Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
24 – What was the best book you read?
City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer… It was the only book I read to completion this year. I’ve been slacking like whoa.
25 – What was your greatest musical discovery?
I really liked one of the DJs at Old World Recess. I think he was local to the location?
26 – What did you want and get?
A trip to Barcelona. I wasn’t going to do it at one point, but things happened and I did it.
27 – What did you want and not get?
More dance skirts.
28 – What was your favorite film of this year?
Guardians of the Galaxy or Deadpool.
29 – What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
For my 31st birthday, I spent nine days in Nova Scotia to indulge in a summer romance. On the day of my birthday, we had breakfast in the B&B his father had booked for us, went raspberry picking, drove around to visit various destinations, and had ramen for dinner.
30 – What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Bernie Sanders winning the election.
31 – How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Can I dance in this?
32 – What kept you sane?
Dancing, though it’s gotten to the point where I bring it up so often that I question that.
33 – Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Ryan Reynolds for being a saucy li’l minx. Seriously, they did a marvelous job promoting Deadpool. Elizabeth Warren for being badass. Obama/Biden, bromance for the ages.
34 – What political issue stirred you the most?
So many awful things going on this year, but I’m afraid the election makes me fear of what’s to come.
35 – Who did you miss?
I thought a lot about what it would have been like to have Amos accompany me while I was in Europe. Especially Venice.
36 – Who was the best new person you met?
I don’t want to pick one, so I’m doing this my way…
+ Elisa! She proved herself to be a delightful person during our time in Bergamo, and I can’t imagine my week in Barcelona would have been as fun without her.
+ Amos! The first dance weekend I had gone to had been hard on me, so it came as some surprise that my second one would be such a different experience. On my first night in Montreal I was immediately enthralled in what would evolve into a summer romance. We were both aware it would be short-lived due to being in different places in our lives… and countries, but I am grateful for a very special summer and a connection that continues to thrive in another capacity.
+ Teddy! What can I even say? Though there was something of a month-long hiccup at the start, I am thrilled that we got past all that because I have been incredibly happy on a personal level since then. I feel like I’ve found something I’ve been wanting for a long time.
37 – Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
If you’re very forthcoming about your feelings and concerns, you’re going to find out very quickly who actually gives a damn. That and indefinitely long distance relationships are largely built on pretending. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; just remain cognizant of it.
38 – Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.