31
Dec
2013

personal: 2013 in review

2013 by day

…and the tradition continues. Welcome to the fourth edition of my year in review. I do this mainly for personal reasons but you’re welcome to revisit the past year with me ;-) Oh, the white asterisks were releases for Endless Mile.

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JAN – Began the year high on morphine after falling from a chair & fracturing my shoulder in FIVE places. Consequently learned that this isn’t a good month for being seen at the public hospital in Buenos Aires, due to all the holidays. That CT scan was not pretty. Ouch:

CT scan, 5 fractures!

FEB – Finished a 33-page Art Nouveau guide for Buenos Aires & began physical therapy. Possibly no shoulder operation required mainly because everything had already set, for better or worse… all I needed to do was recover movement. Plans to move to Montevideo cancelled (long story).

MAR – Tours with NYU students plus a film crew location shoot. Second visit to Montevideo with lots of walking. Also an adventure to the cemetery in Olivos with Julie-Anne! My spring work schedule had been pretty much confirmed at this point:

Schedule 2013

APR – Third trip to Montevideo with more great discoveries. Nerve conduction tests come out surprisingly normal & confirms no need for surgery. Yippee! Began packing as much as possible because I’m moving to Esquel! Website & copy design finished for the Argentinian Journal of Applied Linguistics (AJAL).

MAY – Spent a couple days in Paris before beginning to update northern Spain info for the Rick Steves guidebook, traveled the entire Camino de Santiago by car plus some interesting side trips, took a few days off in Porto, & escorted the first Spain: My Way tour of the year.

JUN – Met Darío in Madrid, jaunt to Miraflores then we were off to Lisboa… also did my second tour of the year.

Portugal, Lisboa, Alameda, Fonte Monumental

JUL – Briefly back to Lisboa, then to Coventry for Darío’s successful PhD defense via Liverpool (a very pleasant surprise). Yea! Celebration trip to Marrakech then major work updating the Lisbon tile guide. Digital camera #7 purchased… a Lumix LF1 replaces the Canon S95 that literally fell apart.

AUG – Unpacking in Esquel, new Argie identity document & lots of snow.

SEP – After six years of posts, the Recoleta Cemetery blog can now rest in peace. Third & fourth tour of the year in Spain plus a fun case of pharyngitis & a few days in Cádiz. Finished a 10-post guide to Montevideo. Another tech purchase: the new Google Nexus tablet. Love, love, love it.

OCT – Back in Esquel, second edition of AJAL complete, new art & additional info for the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos guide, plus a complete redesign of the business webpage.

Endless Mile, guide to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Lisbon

NOV – Quick visit to Buenos Aires before the summer heat wave begins and a four year anniversary! Lots & lots of reading.

DEC – Digging into more computer work, trip planning & writing. Enjoying my first summer in Argentina without the oppressive heat & humidity of Buenos Aires. Seems like a good summer to be away!

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What’s coming in 2014?

Work & travel: I already have a general idea for Endless Mile releases next year. Plus I’ll be working for Rick Steves again both for tours & hopefully guidebook research. I have a feeling that I’ll be even busier next year. Add to that a trip to US, Jordan & Israel. Hopefully spending some time in Lisbon too. Trips always seem to pop up. At least I’m SkyTeam Elite/Gold now & can enjoy a few perks.

Online: While I didn’t quite catch up with Flickr, I’m almost there. Only about one month of 2012 left to sift through… oh, and the rest of 2013! But I’m happy with the progress. Without AfterLife & the Lisbon tumblr taking up time, I’ve been able to write more here. I enjoy it & hope to keep it up.

Health: I was worried that the shoulder accident would affect my work performance this year & was pleasantly surprised that I managed just fine. In fact, being active is probably why I’ve had such a speedy recovery. I have about 95% mobility back in my shoulder & that’s about as good as it will ever get. No surgery, so no complaints. All I need to do is remember that I can use my left arm again… I’d trained myself to do everything with my right arm so now I have to un-learn that bit.

Big questions: Will we be moving again next year? Maybe. Another story too long to tell. Will I be able to invest in my Roth IRA? One can only hope. Better yet: how far will my money go in Argentina next year? Everyone wants to know the answer to that one!

I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some fantastic people this year & reconnect with quite a few old friends. I hope everyone has a fantastic beginning to 2014 & a wonderful year!

Comments ( 3 )
  • Ries says:

    I am so happy to hear of your recovery.
    Sounds like an action packed year.
    We had some friends stay in our apartment in BsAs, they loved your Art Noveau guide, I understand there were some forced marches to follow it- they included an architect from Seattle.
    I finally made it to Remedios de Escalada, but of course it was so hot I didnt do everything I wanted to.

    • Robert says:

      Thanks for all your help, Ries! Forced marches are worth it for Art Nouveau, & I’m glad they enjoyed the guide! From what I’ve heard, this summer in BA has been one of the worst so I can imagine the trip to Remedios de Escalada. At least you were able to see the facilities. Honestly, I think more people would be interested in Remedios de Escalada if getting there were easier. All the best to you & Sheila!!

  • Rich says:

    Sounds like it’s been quite a year Robert! Glad to hear your shoulder wasn’t too serious. Looking forward to seeing you at the Guide summit soon.

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