My first weekend in Jordan I visited Ajloun and Jerash in the North, so my last weekend I did the same. I was treated to a huge feast and got to see a local farm in Ajloun. It felt more like March than December!
A couple of nights before I left my friends whisked me off to a good bye party at a farmhouse by the Dead Sea, complete with 3D TV, an indoor pool, and a garden with fruit trees and chickens. We made our own shish kebab, went for late-night swims, and in the morning I got to feed the chickens!
Guess the fruit featured in the lower right picture!
In Stockholm the snow was falling even heavier than in Istanbul, to my great delight. My cousins immediately brought me into Old Town Stockholm, where we scoured the Old Town christmas market that I love so much. That night I stayed with my cousins at their house in the archipelago, and the next day we went cross-country skiing, made snow angels, and fit in an entire Swedish christmas evening before I had to head back into Stockholm city for the next place I would put my head to rest, at a family friend's apartment. I found myself walking deserted city streets again, as I arrived near midnight on the night before christmas eve. It was remarkable to see one of Sweden's main shopping streets deserted.
I've also been doing some traveling. Over MLK Weekend (in January) I went for a ski trip in West Virginia with a group of couchsurfers, my sister, and my dad. We all had a great time! Right now I'm on spring break. I just finished off a few days being spoiled by my grandma and aunt in Providence, RI (and cuddling with their adorable cats) and now I'm in my beloved New York City. I should get to bed though, so I'm charged for an exciting day of Columbia University, Central Park, MoMA, the Rubin Museum, etc. I NEED TO MOVE TO NEW YORK SOMEDAY!