The initial itinerary (above) changed a bit over the year. Now that it's all said and done, my 12 Places year included a month in each of the following places:

U.S. cities:

  • Los Angeles, California (January)
  • Portland, Oregon (March)
  • Kansas City, Missouri (October)
  • Nashville, Tennessee (August)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (July)
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan (December)
  • Madison, Wisconsin (June)
  • Bloomer, Wisconsin - my hometown, and the rope jump capital of the world (September)

Global cities:

  • London, England (November)
  • Hong Kong (May)
  • Cape Town, South Africa (February)
  • Chengdu, China (April)

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The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences...hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. - Chris McCandless