Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Farewell, 2014!

Did a fair amount of walking the Earth in 2014, plus travel by air, rail and four-wheeled automobile. No ships this year, no bus, but one horse and buggy team. Madrid was a highlight, plus around Spain by rail and via London and New York City by jet. Walked Center City Philadelphia in cold weather in January (including Northern Liberties -- great name), plus visits to New Britain and Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; afterwards, Memphis and Shiloh, Tennessee; Corinth, Mississippi; Hot Springs, Arkansas; North Carolina's Research Triangle area (where I began the first day of the year), plus Greensboro and Fayetteville; and New Orleans for quick sorties (much easier to fly in and take a taxi than drive, I've learned). Wanting to get to back to Detroit and Spain and also on to Cuba for the first time, maybe even Portugal. Interesting year, for sure. Got to spend time with lots of family and friends along the way, another benefit of traveling.
Saw many things while walking, and took photographs from time to time. One of the gifts of pictures is being able to see details that may have been missed or overlooked in person. The little red and gold hammer and sickle symbol embedded in this scene, for instance: it must have caught my eye, but if so, I would have forgotten were it not for this image. Turns out that it's the logo for ePartido Comunista de los Pueblos de España (PCPE). Probably wouldn't see that in Kansas -- which is just another excellent reason to see places far from home base. Finally, people and places change with time, so return visits are equally eye-popping.
Happy trails, y'all! A salute to 2014!

Today's Rune: Fertility. 


Charles Gramlich said...

Other than a trip to Maine, I didn't do much traveling this year.

t said...

My eye just caught the word 'Portugal'


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Adorably Dead said...

Such an adventurous year. I need to do more walking. :p one of the better ways to get around.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love to walk around new cities! It's my favourite way of seeing a place.
Happy travels!

Erik Donald France said...

Thanks, y'all for the comments ~ much appreciated - Happy New Year~!

jodi said...

Erik, you sure do get around! Looking forward to seeing you in Detroit. Cool how we share the Cuba curiosity!!