Year in Cities 2014

I can’t say 2014 was my favorite year. I can’t say it was a year where things worked out the way I wanted them to. I can’t say it’s one I’ll treasure or reflect on with great fondness.

But. Here’s what I CAN say about 2014:


I got the opportunity to travel to see friends as they grew into new phases of their lives — be that marrying their best friends, parenting new babies, or becoming Ironmen.


I ate wonderful food in favorite cities — Portland, Pittsburgh — and discovered a surprising fondness for Phoenix and Atlanta. I drank wonderful beer. I sat in hammocks and swam in rivers and saw unbelievable landscapes from the windows of airplanes.


And, in the end, I can’t complain about a year with all of that.

Year in Cities 2014

Santa Rosa, CA
Sonoma, CA
Monte Rio, CA
Bradley, CA*
San Francisco, CA*
Aptos, CA
Chico, CA

Phoenix, AZ
Atlanta, GA
Miami, FL*
Chicago, IL*
Kalamazoo, MI
Frankfort, MI
Portland, OR
Indiana, PA
Pittsburgh, PA

A plane somewhere over the United States*

About Year in Cities: All listed cities are those in which I spent at least one night between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, with * denoting those cities in which I spent multiple non-consecutive nights. 2009 here, 2010 here, 2011 here, 2012 here, 2013 here. This is all Lydia‘s fault, via long-ago Kottke, and I thank her for bringing it to my attention.


6 thoughts on “Year in Cities 2014

  1. Angela says:

    I have never properly been to Atlanta or Phoenix. Coming home from Christmas holidays in TX, our plane had to make an emergency stop in Phoenix, and it was so pretty!

    • kimretta says:

      I honestly thought both cities were all traffic and sprawl and needing to drive everywhere, and then I went and had awesome (dare I say urban? legit city?) experiences in both of them. And REALLY good food.

  2. runnertrish says:

    Happy New Year! Hope to see you this year ! =)

  3. Love the end of the year in cities! I did not love Atlanta when I went years ago, but I have this mad crush on Portland. I know we could never have anything real because I get depressed after 2-3 days of grey weather, but for a summer weekend fling? Hot. Cheers to onward and upward in 2015!

    • kimretta says:

      Dude, summer in Portland is the best thing ever. I lived there from May-August 2010 doing an internship in grad school, and look: the sun sets at like 10 PM, and once it stops raining, it is perfect-climate blue sky every dang day.

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