This year's list would've been slightly abbreviated had it not been for last minute trip to the Atlanta Passport Agency. Thelma's and my year-end trip to Kenya had been planned for months, but I didn't notice until a few days prior to departure that my my passport was three months from expiry. Because I am a big dummy, I didn't check Kenya's entry requirements until a day or two later, whereupon I had the sickening realization I wouldn't make it into the country without a renewal. Luckily the Atlanta Passport Agency is only a mile or two away from where I live, so I scheduled the earliest available appointment, which was a day before departure. Thankfully this government office works quickly (this was my second encounter after having pages added last year), and I had my new passport in hand four hours after submitting the paperwork. As always, smaller places are excluded save for those in which I spent a longer amount of time. Asterisks indicate a city of residency, while bold type indicates a new-to-me place.
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- Atlanta, GA* (a renewed lease in Inman Park)
- Washington, D.C.
- Greenville / Simpsonville, South Carolina
- New York City, New York
- Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
- Elsworth, Kansas
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Nairobi, Kenya
- Diani Beach/ Mombasa, Kenya (where I am at the moment)
[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id="" class="" style=""] [/wpcol_1half_end] I felt decently well-traveled this year, but as I look at this list I find it wanting. The trips to Kansas and St. Thomas were for weddings, and my two trips to New York City were for work. Numerous weekends were spent with family in Greenville and Charlotte. Though I'll take travel with any pretext, it'd have been nice to have a few more pure traveling holidays. Nonetheless my current trip to Kenya has been wonderful, even to the extent of rekindling a latent desire to live abroad again.
I'm now on my third passport, and as I look at my worn and now riddled second I wonder whether the new one will be reached for as often. Each passport is a decennial marker, a measure with which one can determine a certain kind of progress and momentum. Here on the first day of the new year, my thoughts venture ten times further than they're supposed to.