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2011 in this Travel Empire, and Madrid Night Photos

The carousel in Madrid's Plaza Mayor spins gold under rainbow circle lights for the holidays!

The carousel in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor spins gold under rainbow circle lights for the holidays.

Happy New Year from Madrid, Spain!

What a year it’s been, eh? As December 31, 2011 draws to a close, here are some glittering photos of holiday-decorated Madrid, Spain (as snapped last night), along with a kind of “State of the Union” run-down of statistics from this teaching-traveling website empire for 2011. (As always, click blue-highlighted words for related articles.)

Spain's historic, packed streets are gilded with lights!

Spain’s historic, packed streets are gilded with lights. Walk with me!

2011 IN NUMBERS:

Such a passionate, wonderful Flamenco dance show!

Such a passionate, wonderful Flamenco dance show last night!

  • 150-person events organized in 2011: 3 (Meet Plan Go Travel Conference 10/2011, Teaching Traveling Night 3/2011, Boston Education Technology Conference 12/2011)
  • Students taught in 2011: 300 (150 per school year, not including Study Halls or Homeroom)
The lights in the Plaza Mayor look like benevolent UFOs above the gift stalls!

The lights in the Plaza Mayor look like benevolent UFOs above the gift stalls!

Glowing balls of light hang through the centuries-old streets of Madrid.

Glowing balls of light hang through the centuries-old streets of Madrid.

  • Destinations already planned for 2012: at least 6 (Spain 1/2012, China 2/2012, Greece 4/2012, Arizona 5/2012, Colorado 6/2012, and a mystery Honeymoon destination 7-8/2012!)
  • Rating of life satisfaction (10 being the highest), in terms of feeling empowered, fulfilled, contributing, and on a thrilling track: 11!
2012 embraces us with sparkling diamond arms of happiness and anticipation.

2012 embraces us with sparkling diamond arms of happiness and anticipation.

So that was 2011. WOWZA. Thanks for being a part of it! I’m so psyched for 2012 and beyond!

Want to see more beautiful European holiday lights? Click here for photos from my New Year’s Eve 2009 in Florence, Italy!

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