This was the view as I stood outside Dubrovnik’s walls after a long day of driving down the Croatian coast, continuously thinking this country couldn’t be more stunningly beautiful and continuously finding it could.
This scattering of dandelions pushing through the top of a stone wall made me pause and consider how the little things that we see as weeds can be both pretty and persistent.
This glimpsed in my review mirror made me stop, get out of the car, watch the sun slowly fade behind the mountains and muse that inauspicious beginnings can lead to surprisingly good ends.
This Christmas was unexpectedly and quietly lovely as I wandered the lighted streets of two capital cities and explored the beauty of a new country.
This is the perpetual pose of the professor: papers and potables while pondering life choices.
This is an image I seldom see.
This was my street during winter walks home.
This is my daily reminder that the growing pains of history are both recent and raw.
This is the sort of image reminding you that Romania has worked its way into your heart, despite all the surprises.
This kid – forever known as Wonder Twin – has been travel companion, commiserator, conversationalist, convivialist, conspirator and co-pilot, here in Romania and far beyond.
This little group – forever known as the #FulbrightFunFam – emerged through shared laughter, loves and lengthy conversations, in adventures far and near.
This is what happens when you finally decide to get that tattoo.
This has been a most unexpected year.