I started the month in Mexico and ended it in Berlin – and in between, I spent time in Los Angeles again, I finally returned to New York City, I drank my way through Sonoma Wine Country, spent the Holidays with my family in Germany, and toasted to the New Year in Berlin. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end 2016! This month was packed with travels and awesome experiences – I left Mexico and flew to LA (my third visit this year!) for a long weekend, and then from there to Santa Rosa in Northern California for a week of wine tastings and Redwoods explorations. And then finally, after 15 weeks away, I returned to New York! It felt amazing to come home, if I can call it that. I didn’t get to enjoy NYC (all decked out for Christmas!) for too long though, because I went to Germany in time for Christmas to spend the Holidays with my family. During my time in NYC, I managed to fit in a whole bunch of activities that I hoped would get me in the Christmas spirit: seeing the famous Christmas lights in Dyker Heights, ice skating, marveling at the Christmas decorations on 5th Avenue and the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. And there was just enough time to satisfy my cravings for a good New York bagel, New York pizza, banana bread pudding from Magnolia’s Bakery, and a few catch-up sessions with some friends.