Hello & Happy New Year!

2018 has sounded its bell, and it feels downright wonderful. In our corner of the world, sunshine has been in short supply, marking one of the, gasp, darkest winters in modern European history

But not in our household: Sia has discovered Moana and the beauty of feminine dress, and is working on her bilingualism (see the video below.) But the real news is Michael has published a gorgeous new book, the fruits of his labor from last year and traveling to all 193 U.N. countries in the world!

It's hard to articulate how I feel about it. It seemed like only yesterday we were surrounded by glacial ice flows on an expedition ship in Antarctica, leopard seals lounged as lazily as sun worshippers on the Amalfi Coast and penguins trotted, a thousand little Charlie Chaplins, into the Weddell Sea. He told me his favorite music was "German political podcasts": it was obviously meant to be. 

Back then, he wasn't trying to go
everywhere, but at some point, in true German fashion, one must finish what they started! 

His beautiful book Meine Reisen an die Enden der Welt ("My Journey to the End of the World") published by Frederking & Thaler (an imprint with National Geographic and one of my personal favorites, Yann Arthus-Berthrand's Earth From Above) is a culmination of this lifelong goal. 

Complimented with his photography and travel tips, the book is a sweeping overview from a man 
who has traveled for most of his life to the world's lost and precious places, set in context of ecological, technological, political, and cultural shifts. It is fascinating, and I must reflect on how amazing it is I (and Sia!) have accompanied him on many of these pursuits.

We are working on getting it published in English but in the meantime, who wouldn't want a photo book, auf Deutsch, on their coffee table? Better yet, come visit and I will translate it for you!

Here's to a wonderful year, and a monthly newsletter (my New Year's resolution: to communicate more consistently!:)

Much love,
Click to Watch: Sia's German Lessons, Nummer Drei! Reading Dad's New Book
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Itineraries in Namibia, Okinawa, Kuwait, New Hampshire and Encinitas, CA. 
Portraits of Yemen: Before the War
Photos of life in Sana'a, addressing the humanitarian crisis since 2014.
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Meet our plastic-free muse, bringing beach cleanups to Germany.
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