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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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Jun Hao

Monday 23rd of January 2012

This looks so colorful I feel like I could touch it as if it was near me.

Amy H

Sunday 22nd of January 2012

You've visited so many places in 2011! Almost everywhere you went was the places I want to go when I get a chance. I really want to go to Spain, since the articles and pictures you posted up was delightful!

Jason Zou

Tuesday 17th of January 2012

If it was all vegetarian, then did you have any stuffing??

Lillie

Friday 20th of January 2012

Read the article to find out! https://aroundtheworldl.mystagingwebsite.com/2011/11/26/my-first-vegan-thanksgiving-was-delicious/

Kelly

Tuesday 10th of January 2012

2011 was such a fantastic year for you -- congrats on everything you accomplished! I'll be in China in February, too -- how fun. :)

Dylon C.

Wednesday 18th of January 2012

I want to go to Bejing! :( The lights in Madrid look amazing from the pictures, and I've never been on a plane before. :D

Kelly

Tuesday 10th of January 2012

Oh, I'm flying in and out of Beijing! I'll definitely be in the Beijing area on Feb. 3-5 and for parts of the days Feb. 10-11. It would be super cool if our paths crossed, but if not, I hope you have a wonderful time anyway!

Lillie

Tuesday 10th of January 2012

Thanks so much, and yay! We will be on an ultra-whirlwind 5-day tour around Beijing, but if there's a chance of us crossing paths, let me know!

Qiyin Y

Monday 2nd of January 2012

Oh my. The lights are so bright. They remind me of light pollution in Japan and Taiwan (the two countries with the highest light pollution). The lights look like they are floating, just like UFO's. There are UFO's above everyone's heads then. :D

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