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Year in Review: 2013

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At the end of the year, people throughout the world focus on introspection. Some years are better than others, but the most important thing to me is to always grow as a human being. Sometimes growth comes from joyful experiences and relationships. Other times heartbreak or sorrow. Bad experiences and personal mistakes often create the greatest lessons, and the bravest of souls are those who can look in the mirror or inward, recognize personal faults and try to fix them. Every year, waves of emotion build and crash and life remains fluid, constantly moving and shifting in both good and bad ways. In 2013, life was mostly good and on the travel front exceptional! I never imagined at the end of 2012 that I would visit Russia twice in 2013. Many other new countries were added to the list, including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Belarus. I discovered several new States in my own country, including wondrous Wyoming. My solo journey through the Jackson Hole area of this State was one of the best and most memorable of the year, rescuing me from a very dark emotional place mid-summer.

When I wrote my summary of 2012, I had only 12 subscribers on LiveJournal. Now I have 1,300. I'm still amazed that Russians care about the musings of an average American woman, but I'm happy to have so many new readers in 2013. Special thanks to my original supporter Alexander Belenkiy and new advocates inoblogs and ru_learnenglish, all of which continue to promote my blog and make people aware of my content. Let's take a look at my most popular stories of the year. I bet you can guess which post came in first place!Read more...Collapse )

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yellowcup_me
Dec. 30th, 2013 09:14 am (UTC)
"Every year, waves of emotion build and crash and life remains fluid, constantly moving and shifting in both good and bad ways"
Totally agree with you!
Happy New Year and a lot of new discoveries!
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot! Yes, the older we become the more challenges life throws in our face. Responsibilities build, yet hopefully we are wiser each year and can better handle them. I wish you many exciting adventures and happiness also in 2014!
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qi_tronic
Dec. 30th, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year!

www. youtube. com/watch?v=3Uo0JAUWijM
From the best pop group ever :)

peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You stay in Moscow, or go to the dacha for New Year's celebration? I read online that there's no snow in Moscow now. Isn't it unusual to have no snow there at New Year's?
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a_nimaida
Dec. 30th, 2013 01:21 pm (UTC)
you only write about Russia and Russian, Russian bloggers?

Happy New Year)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
No, there are many stories about America and social issues here as well. But my stories about Russia are always the most popular. Happy New Year to you as well. :)
alsh4ka
Dec. 30th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year!
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hope I can bring you many interesting stories in 2014.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 30th, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year ! read you on and off , never regreted it. Keep it up.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks, whoever you are! :)
qi_tronic
Dec. 30th, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
New Year artifacts from the Soviet past.

www. pokazuha. ru/view/topic.cfm?key_or=1185679&fclick=1&lnt_type=1
peacetraveler22
Dec. 30th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
I see a lot of strange foods! :)) And why are all the sponsored links at the bottom of the page porn?
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orangetreedizzy
Dec. 31st, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
Shannon, What`s y name?
peacetraveler22
Dec. 31st, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
"What's y name?" Sorry, I don't understand your question.
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robuste
Jan. 1st, 2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year!
peacetraveler22
Jan. 1st, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And to you also. :)
anna_sollanna
Jan. 2nd, 2014 10:07 am (UTC)
Happy New Year, Shannon! I wish you and your family luck and happiness in New year! Hope you will visit Saint-Petersburg this year and there will be an ability to meet you finally! ;)
> Which of my stories did you like best during the year?
About Thanksgiving Day and Christmas traditions in the US, of course!
peacetraveler22
Jan. 2nd, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll have many new stories about America early in the New Year. I'll probably start publishing posts about a great trip to Tennessee next week. :) Happy New Year to you also.
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draft3365
Jan. 2nd, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
Peace!
peacetraveler22
Jan. 2nd, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
:)) Happy New Year!
rider3099
Jan. 3rd, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
You know, Shannon I like all your posts. They are always very interesting and with great photos!
Happy New Year and all the best!
peacetraveler22
Jan. 3rd, 2014 01:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, Olga! My goal for the year is to get much better at photography. I'm still an amateur. I wish you many exciting adventures in 2014.
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