If You Didn’t Read My Blog This Year

2009 is quickly coming to an end
So here’s a review for you that I want to send.

What I did this year I can’t complain,
Boasting and gloating I must refrain.
For the few of you who didn’t know,
I quit my job almost a year ago!

Goodbye goodbye to my life in New York.
Goodbye goodbye to dishes containing pork.
Hello, Constantinople (as it’s known to ’em)
Seven months later and Türkçe biliyorum!

I discovered the streets of magical İstanbul
With plenty of döner kebab to keep me full.
I taught English to two adorable girls:
Beautiful Mina and Melda with curls.

In Copenhagen and Stockholm with my friend from Italy,
I found out I know Matteo more than superficially.
Yachting around the Mediterranean was lots of fun,
Darkest shade of brown I’ve ever been from hours in the sun.

How did the summer pass by so quick?
Hop a plane, Jordan was the next pick!
The colors of Petra were an amazing sight to see,
Sleeping in a cave turned out to be well-suited for me.

In the calm crystal blue waters of the Red Sea
I received my advanced scuba diver degree.
Dahab I never wanted to say goodbye
But in the end, I gave Cairo a try.

Egypt was pretty rough and dirty;
The men were a little more than flirty.
Luckily I had my friend Ali to treat me right
Or else I wouldn’t have lasted even a single night!

Mom joined me for two weeks back in Turkey,
Making me miserable and jerky.
It wasn’t her fault and it also wasn’t mine,
Traveling together just isn’t our design.

London was my final stop before coming home to the States,
Buying a ukulele with Mark was decided by the “Fates.”
Ah, back in fabulous New York is really where I belong
But I’m heading to Asia next year to live in a sarong!

Sitting in my bed of my childhood home in California,
The air’s freezing cold. Oh sun, how I wish I hadn’t scorned ya!
ALL MY LOVE AND BEST WISHES AS WE ENTER THE NEW YEAR!
MAY OUR PATHS CROSS SOON AGAIN AND WE ALL BE IN GOOD CHEER!

© Connie Hum 2009

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