A brief look back at 2011

I love end-of-year lists! Here’s a quick look back at 2011:

RANDOMS
High point: A jubilant New York Pride after same-sex marriage is legalized
Low point: The devastating goodbye to my friend Andrew Embiricos
Best concert: Sade (unreal!)
Best film: Incendies (even if you know no French or Arabic, you’ll be gripped.)

TRAVEL
Countries visited: 13
Best day trip: Paris for Bastille Day
Biggest let down: Atlanta and Rome
Most surprising destination: Cambodia
Place I won’t be able to shut up about: Beirut
Best hotels: Raffles Phnom Penh and Louis Hotel Munich

FLIGHTS
Total flights: 59
Total airlines: 11
Total mileage: 114,619
Most flown airlines: Lufthansa (14 flights); JetBlue (13 flights)
Best flight: Qatar Airways New York-Doha
Worst flight: I’m not telling

10 GREAT BOOKS
1. From Beirut to Jerusalem
2. Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran
3. Vancouver Special
4. Odessa: Genius and Death In a City of Dreams
5. Shut Up, I’m Talking: And Other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government
6. Justice on the Grass: Three Rwandan Journalists, Their Trial for War Crimes and a Nation’s Quest for Redemption
7. Dubai: Gilded Cage
8. The Shia Revival
9. The New Lion of Damascus: Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria
10. The Invention of Paris: A History in Footsteps

10 GREAT SONGS (my iTunes most-played)
1. “Sirens of the Sea” (OceanLab)
2. “On a Good Day” (OceanLab)
3. “Heartbreak” (M’Black)
4. “Voyage, Voyage” (Kate Ryan)
5. “Wrapped Around Your Finger” (Police)
6. “The Edge of Glory” (Lady Gaga)
7. “The Unwinding Cable Car” (Anberlin)
8. “Million Dollar Bill” (Whitney Houston)
9. “Someone like You” (Adele)
10. “Sooner or Later” (Matt Kearney)