Happy New Year from Istanbul - be friendly, smile and bounce

To celebrate new years abroad is a nice reminder of the world we live in, it is so much more then what we see in our every day life.

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand eachother, we may even become friends.
— Maya Angelou

I feel lucky and blessed to be able to travel as much as I do, it gives me other perspectives on the world along with great experiences and adventures. Beeing in Turkey today means that I have just visited my 37th country and I'm 37 years old. And its the fourth year I'm spending new years eve abroad:

2012/2013: Smiling and bouncing together with newly made American/Canadian friends and thousands of Vietnamese people in Saigon. The countdown was very special with so many people.
2013/2014: Salsa party in Tokyo! Danced my way into the new year with people from all over the world. And followed the Japanese tradition by going to the Shrine on new years day to pray for the year to come.
2014/2015: Dancing and drinking in San Jose with friends from America, Canada, Australia, England and Kroatia. The last day of our two week long and amazing travel around Costa Rica.
2015/2016: In Istanbul, at a rooftop bar with a beautiful view and beautiful people.

I wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope it will bring you to new adventures and that the world will be filled with more peace and understanding. Be friendly, smile and bounce!