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Cities I spent a night in in 2010

So, this year a radical decrease in traveling. Between dissertation and baby, that's no surprise. I was glad of it, actually. It is the first time I spent Christmas in Massachusetts. It was the first year since 2001 that I did not leave the US at all. But I did get to Maine (twice) and DC, both of which I missed last year for the first time in possibly my whole life.

(in chronological order) (does not indicate repeat visits to the same city)

Cambridge, MA
Silver Spring, MD
Hope, ME
Newport, RI
Baltimore, MD

2010 total = 5 (all in US)
2009 total = 13 (2 in the UK, 11 in US)
2008 total = 13 (3 in China, 1 in Canada, 9 in US)
2007 total = 16 (8 in China, 8 in US)
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Cities I spent a night in in 2009

I thought this would be a low year, what with the baby and all, but apparently I matched last year, but with comparatively more domestic travel. No wonder I feel so harried - counting repeat visits, this is traveling more than once a month on average.

The notable exception here is that this is the first year of my life that I have not been to our family home in Maine. :-( I also did not make it to the DC area, which may also be a first.

(in chronological order) (does not indicate repeat visits to the same city)

Cambridge, MA
New Haven, CT
Harrogate, UK
Edinburgh, UK
Chicago, IL
Newport, RI
San Francisco, CA
Emeryville, CA
Moorestown, NJ
Cherry Hill, NJ
Denver, CO
Brockway, PA
Pittsburgh, PA

2009 total = 13 (2 in the UK, 11 in US)
2008 total = 13 (3 in China, 1 in Canada, 9 in US)
2007 total = 16 (8 in China, 8 in US)
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meme: Cities I spent a night in in 2008

Because I do travel a lot, and I'm interested to see how it compares to last year. (Total = 16 = 8 in China, 8 in US)

(in chronological order) (does not indicate repeat visits to the same city)

Nanjing, PRC
Shanghai, PRC
Suzhou, PRC
Cambridge, MA
Buffalo, NY
Toronto, ON
Silver Spring, MD
Hope, ME
Newport, RI
Princeton, NJ
Louisville, KY
New Haven, CT
Brockway, PA

ok, so 13, less than last year. 3 in China, 1 in Canada, 9 in US.
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Christmas Travels


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Originally uploaded by Jin Aili.
We spent 6 days around Christmas traveling to visit relatives and friends. In our whirlwind tour, we fit in:
- Christmas with xthlcm's extended family in PA, including his cute twin 11-month old second cousins.
- The funeral of an elderly neighbor of his in DC, which occasioned catching up with many family friends.
- Museums on the The Mall with friends.
- A jaunt up to New Jersey to visit my 90-year old grandmother.
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Tree trimming


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Originally uploaded by Jin Aili.
We finally decorated the tree, put up the stockings, and got the rest of the Christmas decorations up. Of course, the tree is a genuine Hatchet Mountain Farms tree that we cut out of my parents' field at Thanksgiving. And only the most energy-efficient LED lights for us!