2017 in Review and 2018 Sneak Peek (Episode 20)
As 2017 draws to a close, we can't help but think back on all of our adventures in the past year. We've been to a large amount of places this year (the most countries in one year to date for us!) and love to reminisce about them all. We've been to eight new countries this year! It may not seem like a lot to some, but to us, that's a huge accomplishment. During this episode, we talked about 2017, both our highs and lows, and our future plans for 2018.
(00:58) We rang in 2017 in New York with a bunch of friends, which was a good start to the year and, ironically, what we'll be doing once again for New Year's this year. About three weeks afterwards, we up and moved to Prague in the Czech Republic. Upon arrival, we immediately started looking at apartments with a visa/housing company called Move to Prague. Prior to moving, we found this company and chose them to help us both with finding an apartment and to set us up with visas. They were quite the 2-in-1 package! That, and they were completely worth it. We saved money and aggravation doing all of this with them, got an awesome apartment in a great area, and they helped with tons of other stuff, such as our visas, setting up phone services, picking us up at the airport, and much more! Plus, they were all incredibly kind, helpful, patient, and understanding with everything.
(3:05) We signed a one-year lease for our apartment after only a few days in Prague. Woohoo! After that, we focused our efforts on two things: gaining "normalcy" in our new home and obtaining our visas for the Czech Republic. In order to become comfortable in our new home, we worked on our computers (at VIPKID, in case you forgot!) a lot. Plus, we needed to make some more money since we spent a lot on moving! We worked a ton on the weekdays, then explored on the weekends. Matt took DJ lessons and I (Marilyn) found a Spanish tutor and was taking lessons with her once or twice per week. We did these extracurriculars for several months, too! We even made a couple of new and awesome friends.
(3:47) Next up was applying for our visas for the Czech Republic. As American citizens, we had 90 days visa-free to stay in the Czech Republic (or in any of the other countries in the Schengen zone). But, like most countries, we had the option to stay longer-- if we paid money and went through a whole visa application process. Obviously, since we moved there and signed a lease for an apartment, we chose to stay longer by applying for a visa, specifically, a business visa, which would allow us to work in the country.
We could've taught English in the Czech Republic, but ESL teachers do not make much whatsoever there. They make about $800 per month! That's less than we made each month when working in Thailand! That would not fly, especially since our rent is that amount and we got paid far more with VIPKID! Instead of working for the Czech Republic, we decided to just keep our jobs at VIPKID and solely do that for our income.
In order to do this, we applied for a business visa and a trade license. Throughout our visa process, we had to act like we would be teaching English in the Czech Republic, which is fine because as long as we pay our taxes and such, we won't get in trouble for not actually teaching there.
For this visa process, we 100% needed the visa company's help. We couldn't have done anything at all without them, especially since everything needed to be in Czech and we didn't have a clue as to what we were doing. We also wouldn't have been able to find an apartment without spending a dumb amount of money! If we had searched for an apartment in Prague with a realtor, we would've paid far more: one month's rent and deposit (equivalent to one month's rent) to the landlord and one month's rent payment to the realtor. Insane! The company was cheaper than one month's rent, which was fantastic!
In conclusion, when moving to Prague, go through the visa/housing company we went through. You won't regret it!
(6:30) We had spent the previous two months or so gathering important documents for our visa applications, such as affidavits from the American embassy in Prague, an official statement from our banks showing how much money we had, and many others. In mid-March, we had another big step for our visas: an in-person interview. For whatever reason, we couldn't do the interview in Prague or even the Czech Republic. Our interview was at the Czech embassy in Warsaw, Poland. Odd, right? But, it was no big deal because we just took a 10-hour bus ride from Prague to Warsaw and it would give us the opportunity to see a new country.
We took a bus with PolskiBus and it cost--hold on to your hats for this--only two dollars each. Ye, that's right: a 10-hour bus ride was only two dollars each in Europe! Phenomenal! Because of that price, we were even less upset about the trek we had to make. That, and the bus was actually comfortable and nice! Not bad for two dollars, I'd say.
In order to save even more money, we chose to use Couchsurfing instead of the usual AirBNB. Couchsurfing is free, so you can't get any cheaper than that! We stayed with a friendly and helpful Polish fellow who had previously shared his home with many other couchsurfers, so we knew it would be safe. His apartment was maybe a 10 minute bus ride from the center, which was quite convenient!
(7:45) We slept there the first night, then had our interviews at the Czech embassy the following morning at 9 AM. Our Couchsurfing host kindly called a cab for us and we took it at about 8:10. Being that the embassy was only 20 minutes or so away, we felt that that was more than enough time for us to get there.
We soon realized how wrong we were. Instantly, we found ourselves in bumper to bumper traffic! We were nervous and terrified the entire time we were in the cab, watching each minute tick away. We couldn't miss this appointment or even be late. If we missed it, we would never get our visas because it took two months to schedule these interviews! Eventually, we got moving and made it to the Czech embassy just five minutes before 9!
We rang the doorbell to the embassy, but was told through the intercom that we had to "go around the corner." Okay, sure, no problem-- except we had no idea what we were looking for and there were no signs for anything either! Eventually, we stood in front of some gate, rang the doorbell, hoping that that was what the mysterious and vague voice was talking about, and someone let us in to the Czech consulate. We luckily found the right place at exactly 9:00! Phew!
(10:38) Matt's interview was first, but beforehand, he had to hand in all of his paperwork and the fee, which was roughly $100 worth, to a lady at the front desk. He went to pay with Czech crowns, the official Czech currency, but they said no. They only accepted Euros. Since we are Americans applying for Czech visas in Poland, we didn't have any Euros because none of the aforementioned countries use the Euro! No one told us we needed to pay in Euros, so we were totally thrown aback. The woman gave Matt directions to a nearby money exchange, but since his interview was right then, he couldn't go, so they sent me.
With this woman's horrendous directions, I got a little lost trying to find the exchange place. Ugh! But, eventually, I did find it and got the exact amount of Euros we both needed for our applications. Then, I practically ran back to the consulate because I was gone for almost 15 minutes!
(12:00) When I returned to the consulate, I sat in the waiting room while Matt was in his interview. While in his interview, Matt got some seriously devastating news about our visa applications; since we had lived in Vietnam for more than six months in the previous year (we lived in Vietnam for seven months), they needed a criminal background check from there. No one informed us of that at any point while gathering our visa documents. Therefore, neither of us had those background checks from Vietnam. Luckily, the interviewer still took Matt's visa application, but warned him that he might not get accepted.
After his interview, Matt gave the woman the Euros for his payment, then promptly informed me about the problem. I was terrified, to say the least. It really didn't sound like we'd get accepted. That, and we weren't sure we'd even be able to obtain these documents from any Vietnamese consulate or embassy because they're not exactly organized.
Then, I gave in my documents, my payment, and went into my interview. It went fine, until the interviewer told me exactly what he told Matt. But, he still took my application.
(13:20) We left the Czech consulate, nervous and not confident that we'd get our Czech visa applications approved. We were planning on staying in Poland for a few more days to explore. We were going to take a bus to Krakow the following day, but since we wanted to just get back to Prague to figure out our criminal background checks for Vietnam, we chose to take a bus back to Prague immediately instead. We explored a bit of Warsaw that evening, especially the Old Town.
The following night, we took a bus back to Prague. When we arrived in Prague, we posted about our problem to a Facebook group for expats in Prague and asked if anyone had any advice. Luckily, a Vietnamese native offered to help us. She said that she'd take us to the Vietnamese consulate and talk with them for us, since they don't speak English there. We went with her the following day, but, as it turns out, Vietnam doesn't issue criminal background checks for anyone that spent less than one year in their country.
We were lost. We had no idea what to do. The Czech Republic needed a criminal background check from Vietnam, but Vietnam wouldn't issue us one.
The only thing we could do was wait and cross our fingers that our visa applications would be accepted anyway.
(15:39) A month went by. We spent that month working a lot and hanging out with our friends, all the while nervous we wouldn't get approved for our visas. We couldn't exactly leave, either, since the government had our passports! Then, after a month of waiting anxiously, I received an email that my visa application was accepted! Woohoo! I don't think I've ever felt more relieved in my life! Matt was nervous he wouldn't get his, but he got his email just a couple of days later. Hooray!
We spent May doing one thing and one thing only: working. So much work! We wanted to work a lot, make more money, and then be able to explore Europe in the summer!
(17:21) We did a lot of fun things in June! The first adventure we took was in early June and we went to Budapest in Hungary for three nights. We originally wanted to go to Germany and Austria, but it was just too expensive for us at that moment and since our friends were visiting us in mid-June, we wanted more of a quick trip instead.
We had heard a lot of good things about Budapest, but didn't really know what to expect. We took the bus there from Prague, which took about 7 hours. Then, we took the metro to our AirBNB, which had an excellent location, but was in an old building, so it was pretty dingy. However, it was worth the cheap price!
(20:05) To our surprise, we were completely enamored by Budapest and it quickly became one of our favorite cities in the world! There was so much to see, do, and eat in the city. We saw an absurd amount of captivating sites there, like the Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, the Parliament Building, Fisherman's Bastion, Szechenyi Bath, and so much more! We'd never experienced a city that had as much to do and experience as Budapest. It was cheap to travel around the city, they had plenty of good food, and the nightlife there was spectacular. A lot of the times we explored the city, we didn't even mean to stumble upon the amazing things we did! What else could you ask from a city?
You can read/listen to/watch more on our time in Budapest here!
(23:10) We returned to Prague, then after a week, two friends from Matt's home came to visit! We spent a few days once again exploring Prague, which was outstanding as always! We also took a 45-minute train from Prague to Kutna Hora to see the Sedlec Ossuary, or the "Bone Church." That was incredible, too! In the small town of Kutna Hora, there is a small church which is decorated with the bones from 40,000 to 70,000 people! That is Sedlec Ossuary a.k.a. The Bone Church. It was a beautiful yet macabre site.
(25:45) After those few days were over in Prague, we all flew to Amsterdam in the Netherlands! The four of us stayed in an AirBNB together, which was located on the outskirts of the city in a bit of a questionable area. However, our AirBNB was colorful, roomy, and comfortable!
We had a good time exploring Amsterdam for five days and four nights, but more so me than Matt. I loved how cute and cozy the city was. There are canals everywhere in the city with tons of short, colorful, and adorable canalhouses. I couldn't get over just how cute the city was! We had a good time going to the "coffee shops," spending time at various bars, eating some yummy food, and much more!
One big downfall we noticed in Amsterdam was the tourists. There was an immense amount of tourists in Amsterdam, especially because it was June and the summer is tourist season. I mean, there were so many tourists that one night when walking through the Red Light District, we were in "bumper to bumper" pedestrian traffic! It was insane. That many tourists made us enjoy Amsterdam a little less.
We have a whole other episode/blog post on Amsterdam if you want to find out more!
[We didn't mention this in the podcast itself, but I felt that I should mention it because it was a big part of 2017 for me. After only a couple of days of returning to Prague, my family cat, Tigra, who was 17 and a half years old, ultimately had succumb to her kidney disease and had to be put down. I was devastated because, as anyone who has or had a pet knows, she was apart of our family and we loved her very much. I was often messaging and calling my parents, especially my Mom, who was particularly close with her and was heartbroken. Both of us were sad about this, of course. However, I knew that she was an old cat and it was going to happen sooner or later. I had a trip coming up in just a few days with Matt and our friends, so I was able to be distracted from it for a little while. But, there was far more in store for me in that month than I could have ever known.]
(29:06) In the very beginning of July, we took a road trip from Prague to Croatia with our two friends in Prague. We went to Krk Island, which is a less touristy area of Croatia and it was one of the closest places to Prague. When we went, it was hot and humid. Very much so, if you couldn't already tell from the italics! It didn't help that our AirBNB didn't have a fan or air conditioning..
But, anyway, Krk Island was beautiful! The water there was light blue and crystal clear, so basically magical. The beaches were gorgeous, except for the pebbles. We weren't fans of the pebbles because we prefer sand beaches, but it was pretty to look at, at least. The food was outstanding, too! It was similar to Italian food, so obviously, it was really good! We ate a ton of fish while we were there, since the Czech Republic doesn't have a lot of fish available, since it's landlocked.
The landscape was beautiful, too, because Krk Island is very mountainous. We loved everything about Krk Island! We stayed for just four nights and can't wait to return to Croatia to see more of the country.
(32:42) After just one day back in Prague, I got a Facetime call from my dad, explaining to me that my mother suddenly became very sick and was hospitalized. As the days progressed, her illness and condition grew worse and worse. She was placed in a medically-induced coma, but hadn't woken up when she was expected to. The doctors then mentioned the possibility of cancer. After my brother told me that, I flew back to New York to be with my family. The day after I landed, we got horrendous news: my mother had Stage 4 Single B-Cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and had suffered from a debilitating stroke during her coma that left only half of her brain intact. In simple terms, there was no quality of life for her. She was on life support by this point and we all made the decision a couple of days later to "pull the plug." On July 20th, my beautiful, courageous, loving, caring, self-less, and perfect mother passed away at the age of 67.
I could go into more detail on this of course, but I'm not going to because I already did that on this podcast/blog post.
Although this year has been one of the best for us travel-wise, for me personally, it's easily been the worst. My mother was my best friend and confidant. I miss her every moment of every day. Even five months later, I'm still struggling to grasp the fact that she's not here. However, throughout this grieving process, Matt has been helping and supporting me. He flew from Prague to New York to be there for me and my family during the wake and funeral, which was amazing of him.
(34:40) We spent about a month at home altogether from July to August. We previously had planned to meet Matt's parents in Barcelona in mid-August and even though I was hesitant to leave again, eventually I felt that it would be a good thing for me to travel to take my mind off things and to continue living my life, so we ended up going to Barcelona with Matt's parents.
(35:12) This was the first time Matt's parents traveled abroad and traveled with Matt, so this was a pretty big deal for him! We were originally planning to fly to Barcelona from Prague, but since we were home, we had to fly from New York, but we needed to buy tickets to do that-- duh! Miraculously, we found cheap one-way flights to Barcelona from New York-- and it was the same day Matt's parents were leaving. Unbelievable! We bought those tickets a couple of weeks in advance, then flew to Barcelona and met Matt's parents there.
We shared an AirBNB in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, which is a city that's basically attached to Barcelona and is only a 7-minute drive from the center.
On the first day, we had a great time just eating all of the delicious Spanish food. On the second day, we experienced a terrorist attack! Wonderful, right? We also happened to be having a late lunch just two blocks away from the attack on Las Ramblas. It was honestly horrifying. We saw people running for their lives on the streets outside the restaurant we were in, we had to hide in the restaurant's basement, we were barricaded inside, and there were police officers with machine guns outside. It was like something out of a movie, only far more terrifying because it was real. But, in the end, we survived and were unharmed!
After the attack, we were all shaken up, to say the least, but we did our best to move on, then enjoy ourselves and our time in Barcelona anyway. I mean, we had six more days in Barcelona! Why waste it being terrified of something that most likely won't happen again while we're there?
(37:40) Even though we experienced a terrorist attack, we really did enjoy Barcelona! It was such a beautiful, fun, exciting, and interesting city. We explored a lot, such as La Barceloneta, the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, and much more! We really tried hard to not let A. my mother passing away and B. the terrorist attack ruin our time in Barcelona. It was difficult, but we persevered and enjoyed ourselves anyway.
You can hear/read more about our time in Barcelona here.
(38:40) After Barcelona, Matt and I returned to Prague while Matt's parents returned home in New York. For the remainder of August, we worked a lot...again!
(38:50) For the entire month of September, you guessed it-- we worked! We worked a heck of a lot, trying to save some money because we had to return to New York once again the following month, but this time for my best friend's wedding. I was the maid of honor, so I couldn't exactly miss it and nor would I want to!
We needed to head back to New York in the beginning of October, but we really wanted to fit in another trip beforehand. We searched and magically found these outrageous flight deals for that week. We found $50 flights from Prague to Dublin, Ireland (with RyanAir), then $150 flights from Dublin to New York (with Norwegian Air). It was so fortuitous, we couldn't not take advantage! Instead of flying straight from Prague to New York, we chose to take a detour for about a week in Ireland first! That, and a friend from home met us there. Everything lined up so perfectly!
(40:00) During our time in Ireland, we all rented a car and drove (well, I drove 95% of the time) through the country. We drove through Dublin, Wicklow National Park, Gort, Galway, Cork, Killarney, and back to Dublin. We saw tons of amazing sites and had a blast for the week we roadtripped through the country!
We had a ball in Ireland, to say the least. We had overall great experiences with our AirBNBs, the nature was astounding, the people were so friendly, the beer and food were all delectable, and even the cities were great! Another huge plus was that there were hardly any people anywhere. That's right-- there were hardly any tourists anywhere for once. For us, that was one of the greatest parts. Because there were hardly any tourists, we felt that we could truly enjoy ourselves while not feeling claustrophobic.
(41:05) After our trip to Ireland, we flew to New York...again. My friend got married in Connecticut and I'd like to think that I fulfilled all of my maid of honor duties. Hopefully, I did! I mean, nothing went wrong or fell apart, so I guess I did. Ha!
(41:34) Once the wedding festivities ended, Matt and I were really unsure of what to do with ourselves. Since my mother passed away so recently, I felt that it would be good for me and my family if I spent the holidays at home this year. But, the holidays were still two month away and neither of us wanted to stay at home for two months straight because that is too long for us. However, we couldn't return to Prague because we had friends subletting our apartment there.
Being that we love saving money and traveling as cheaply as possible, we joined two housesitting websites: Trusted Housesitters and Housecarers. Although it cost around $90 for Trusted Housesitters and $50 for Housecarers for a year, it was completely worth the cost.
But, what is housesitting? Housesitting is when you watch someone else's home while they are away and in most cases, you take care of their pets and/or plants as well. You also get to stay rent free, which is one of its most appealing perks.
After a few weeks of searching and applying to a multitude of housesits on the two websites, we finally got accepted by one located in Viareggio, which is a small beach town in Tuscany, Italy. In the housesit, we would be staying in a small house and taking care of two Spanish Greyhounds, or "Galgos." The housesit would only be from November 15th to December 16th, so we could go away and come back for the holidays!
However, the cost of the flights there and back were an issue. We searched for them via Skyscanner and Google Flights and, miraculously and far too fortuitous for comfort, we found a flight to Rome for just $200 each! There was nothing else stopping us now from accepting the housesit in Viareggio, Italy. So, we took it!
(43:45) One problem we faced was getting from Rome to Viareggio, since they are around 4 hours apart via train. What we did instead was take a BlaBlaCar. BlaBlaCar is basically hitchhiking, but completely legitimate and safe. You simply search the place you are going from and where you want to go, then find a person who happens to be driving roughly the same trip. It's fantastic and brilliant! We took a BlaBlaCar from the airport in Rome to the train station in Pisa, which saved us maybe $70 each! Then, took a $6 train ride from Pisa to Viareggio where the house owners came to pick us up. Much better than taking four different trains, spending almost $90 each, and possibly getting lost.
Finally-- we arrived in Viareggio! We started our housesit two days after arriving and took care of the dogs named Freddy and Carlos. For the month we were there, we mainly worked and took care of the dogs (obviously). Occasionally, we would also explore and take some day trips around Tuscany on the weekends. We spent a day in each of these places: Pisa, Lucca, and Manarola (in Cinque Terre). Of course, we explored Viareggio a few times as well. Since we had to take care of the dogs and couldn't leave them alone for more than five hours at a time, we didn't get many opportunities to explore further cities. But, for one month, we didn't do too bad!
(46:50) One lesson we learned from housesitting in Italy: we will probably never own pets. We love animals and have always grown up with pets, but we'd never want to have pets for ourselves. They're very demanding, require a lot of money, time, and care, and you can't ever leave them alone for a long time! The latter point is the most crucial for travelers like ourselves.
Other than that, we did have a great time in general! We got to explore Tuscany a bit and take care of cute dogs.
(47:50) In Pisa, we of course saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and that was even more astounding in person than in pictures. It looked fake!
In Lucca, we saw the wall that surrounded the city, which was built in the 13th century, and their main square, which is ironically circular.
Then, in Manarola, where we ventured on my birthday, we had a blast walking around the tiny town that was tucked in a crevice next to crystal blue water. It was one of my favorite parts of our time in Italy, for sure, and for once, it lived up to its Google photos.
(50:13) On December 17th, the day after our housesit ended, we took a bus from Pisa to Rome airport (for only 13 euros each! Wow!), then flew back to New York...again. Only this time, we were coming back to spend some quality time with our families, especially mine, considering we had just lost my mother in July.
For Christmas Eve, we spent time with Matt's family and ate tons of fish and drank all the wine. His family is very Italian, much like mine! Then, for Christmas, we drove to my house, which is just an hour and a half drive from NYC where Matt lives. We exchanged presents with my Dad (my brother wasn't there because he's kickin' it in Chile!), prepared some food, then headed to my cousin's house for dinner with the fam. Spending the holidays with family was worth it and I'm extremely glad that we came back for them.
(51:25) When recording this podcast on December 27th, we'd only actually been in New York for ten days. Crazy! It feels like forever ago since we landed at the airport.
The day we landed, we gathered some documents and sent in our passports because we filled all of our pages! Woohoo! We've only used our passports since October of 2014, so that was really quick. That's quite the accomplishment, I'd say. Now we wait for our new passports to come to us, and that may take 6-8 weeks or so, so in the meantime, we are stuck at home for quite a while! BOO. Hopefully, they'll be issued faster than that.
For New Year's, we'll be spending it with Matt's sister, her boyfriend, and some friends from college!
While we are stuck here in the U.S., we would really like to explore a bit of the country that we haven't seen yet. We are peeking at Skyscanner and their "Explore" function to see what deals they have for roundtrip tickets in the U.S. Fingers crossed we actually find something worthwhile!
(54:00) What's the plan for 2018, you ask? Great question! As we just mentioned, we'll hopefully explore a bit of the U.S. while we are here and waiting for our new passports to get to us. Once we get our new passports, we will return to Prague, where our apartment is currently being subletted. Fortunately, our subletter is lenient, so whenever we want to come back, she'll be okay with that. Phew! After returning to Prague, we will be working a ton during the winter. We also will have to handle paying taxes for the Czech Republic.
(56:00) In the summer, we have serious desires to backpack through Eastern Europe! The world tends to forget about the eastern part of Europe, but of the people who have actually traveled there in recent years, we've heard only great things. We want to be able to say great things about that section of Europe as well. Plus, it's cheap to travel through and is supposed to be gorgeous!
(57:57) Once we are finished backpacking through Eastern Europe, we'll return to Prague to pack up all of our things and we'll be moving to...drumroll please...Shenzhen, China! That's right. We are finally returning to Asia in September! Both of us miss teaching English in a physical classroom and also having other people handle our visa crap, so we decided to teach English abroad again! But, this time, we want to do it in China! There are tons of benefits, such as free airfare, two months off for the summer, minimal working hours, great pay, free accommodation, and more. Woo!
We both have been missing Asia, like the food, people, and various cultures, and have been kicking ourselves for not going to China while we were there for so long in previous years.
Not to worry, though: we will not be giving up working for VIPKID! We'll work part time for them because it's still an amazing job and we can't just give that up.
(1:00:20) Even though we are excited about going, we're also a bit timid and overall nervous about teaching English in a classroom again. We had such a horrible experience in Korea and would really love to not have a teaching experience like that ever again. However, we've heard far better testimonials from people who've taught in China than in Korea. That, and the people we signed a contract with for teaching in China make it sound so easy, fun, and overall wonderful. Fingers crossed that it actually will be!
There are many reasons as to why we chose Shenzhen. One: it isn't a heavily polluted city. Two: it's incredibly modern. It was just a small fishing village only 30 years ago! Three: the weather is amazing there. It has hot summers and very mild winters. The winters only drop to high 60s! We're very interested in taking part in those winters! Four: it's in an excellent location. It's right next to Hong Kong and is very close to Southeast Asia, where we are desperate to return to soon. It's also close to other countries we want to explore, such as the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and many more.
(1:02:15) As for Words with Winos, we have some plans/goals, too! We want to be more consistent in 2018. This last year, we've ran into lots of issues and obstacles (for example, my mom passing away), so we weren't nearly as consistent in releasing content as we wanted to be. Our goal for 2018: to release something new each week! It could be either a podcast episode, an interview, a blog post (oh, yes, we're starting an actual travel blog now!), or a video/vlog. We're making big moves, guys! We hope that you can keep up and will continue to follow us on all of our travel endeavors.
(1:02:50) Having said that, 2017 has been a huge year for us. We've gotten a lot of listens and grown a lot in this past year-- and we have you to thank for that! Thank you for listening/reading/watching Words with Winos throughout this year. We also purchased a new high quality microphone and high quality camera/video camera! Look out for more HD things coming your way, too!
A massive "thank you" once again to all of our listeners and readers! This year wouldn't have been the same without you. We hope to see you again throughout the 2018 year! Happy New Year!
Wine: Woodridge - Merlot (California)