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!