And… that's a wrap for 2011! It's been a fun and very hectic year! I've been in so many places and met so many people, so I wanted to give you an idea of how the whole year went over just 4 minutes! This video collects some fun video clips and photos from each country.
To make it even more fun, I decided (as always) to sing the background music to it! My family assures me (in true Irish bluntness) that I sound terrible and I should tell everyone to press mute before they press play… but I'm sure you are well used to my bad singing at this stage! I took the same tune that has been used in 3 languages (Kaoma – Lambada, J-Lo – Get on the Floor and the older original they were based on: “llorando se fue”) and mixed them together, since I think the combination portrays the beachy, active and then Andes theme of the video!
In 2012 I'm really looking forward to travelling a little slower, and especially focusing on three-month stays (as well as a few short visits elsewhere), and making deeper connections in each place… and of course reaching higher levels of language proficiency during my missions thanks to the extra time. 😉
The one I start next week is going to be big!
Now that I've had my nice little break back home, after partying New Year's with some Esperanto speakers in Gdansk (Poland), on January 2nd I fly to my next destination! Here on the blog that day I'll finally share the speak-from-day-one video course I've been working so hard on, with a separate fun update to the Language Hacking Guide, and then two days later I'll have a video update on location to introduce the next mission!
And of course, those in the email list will find out first on Monday morning where it is I'm actually going, and what the mission language will be. You can also follow me on twitter and Facebook and Google+ to see where I'm going announced as I'm travelling.
Any thoughts on the year, these clips or on how terribly I'm singing? Let me know in the comments below!
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