Dear friends and fellow bloggers,
Perhaps like you, the holiday season has had me reflecting on the past year and pondering the year to come, as well as trying to make sense of just how much the world has changed in twelve months, what with political revolutions and tanking economies becoming oddly commonplace occurances.
But today, this kind of reflection is a totally futile exercise. My dog is trying to sit in the space between my body and my lap top. The queen is on the radio - interrupting an ever hilarious French and Saunders – and my dad is trying to get my attention by commenting on how glamorous the women are in some old western movie on BBC2. My brother is noisily setting the table and my mum is trying to work out if the potatoes are crunchy enough. And all are commenting, quite rightly, that I need to get off my laptop and get involved.
So, with that in mind, rather than go into some in depth new year soul-searching on the importance of travel and discovery and all that, I wanted to just wish you a great holiday season, and say a massive thanks for signing up and reading these articles.
It’s been an exciting year for Skipping Across Borders. For a start, you’ll have noticed that I’ve changed the name – finally getting a bit irritated with the Global Socialite domain which seemed to be getting me more Louis Vuitton inspired traffic than I was totally comfortable with. Skipping Across Borders seems to better sum up what I write about and the spirit in which I’m trying to do it, so we’ll stick with it for a while and see how it fits.
More excitingly though, this year these articles have been picked up and published in some really great places. Mid East Posts, Lonely Planet and the Orchard Times are now regularly reposting S-A-B content, while the likes of 972mag, Green Olive tours and Code Pink have all linked to S-A-B articles, bringing this blog to a whole host of new people.
And if all goes to plan, 2012 is already shaping up to be even better. Trips to Athens, Cairo and South Africa are all in the pipeline, each with the express purpose of bringing you back some exciting front line travel reportage. And learning more about what’s happening in those places. And having some fun.
So, thanks again for reading – I really do appreciate it. And I hope that, wherever you are in the world and regardless of whether you’re celebrating today or not, you’re having a fine old time.
Until next year…