What is the most interesting thing you did in 2023?
Jocelyn says her most interesting time was in the first week of the year.
On January 3rd we embarked on a Caribbean cruise with our Saskatoon friends, Marvin and Sharlaine Wojda. One of the ports was San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was our first time in the oldest continuously inhabited post-European contact city in United States territory.
Puerto Rico was the “gateway” to the New World.
It was the largest Caribbean island with fresh water and an excellent harbour. Spain got the island first and then fought for 400 years to keep it. Puerto Rico has been a territory of the United States since 1898, after the U.S. defeated Spain in the Spanish-American war.
We walked for hours through historical fortifications, along cobblestone streets, by exquisitely green fields, and wishing the day would never end.
Calm in Chaos
Bob says his most interesting experience of 2023 was traversing Ukraine. Not only was he in a country at war but worked with leaders who created calm in the chaos. He reminded them that history records the calming work of pastors during the Battle of Britain. Ukrainian pastors are making history.
From delivering food to people living near the frontlines to observing how quickly facilities destroyed by Russian rockets were rebuilt, the entire trip was surreal. A repeatable experience? Most certainly. Bob is scheduled to return in April 2024.
How about you? What was your most interesting experience in 2023?
What do you expect will be your most interesting experience in 2024? Here’s what will probably be ours in 2024.
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