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Happy New year to all of our wonderful supporters, followers and readers!
I hope 2016 was kind to you and that 2017 will bring you great happiness. 2016 has faded into the past and 2017 is upon us. A little over a week ago we sat across the globe, anxiously waiting for the clock to strike midnight. New hope filled our hearts as the thoughts of new beginnings filled our conscience. We held our breath on every second closer that we approached the new year. Then just like that the clock struck midnight and relief came across all of us.
We made it. We made it through another year. Slates were washed clean and we are filled with hope that 2017 will bring us that much closer to our dreams. Last year’s stress and worries faded away like ripples in the water and we all embraced the idea of a fresh start.
That sensation was no different for Ashley and I. 2016 was an interesting year for us when it came to traveling. In 2016 we left behind Europe, traveling, and in some way our dreams of an extended round the world trip to accomplish another goal of ours, to write our new guidebook, Eat Local in Barcelona: A Guide to Catalan Cuisine, a project, that at times, we thought we would never finish. As we sent off our last chapter of the book on New Year’s Eve to our editor, a sense of relief flowed over us and we were able to relax.
2017 is going to be exciting! Ashley and I will be going back out on the road once again and this year though we will be heading out with our new motto and focus of
Eat, Drink, Live Local!
Way back in the spring of 2015 Ashley and I left on our first big step into becoming full time travel bloggers. We left the comforts of our home in Healdsburg, California with the grand dreams of circumventing the globe in six years. That grand dream of traveling around the world for six years straight came to an end just after eleven months. Our bank accounts had hit zero and the credit card charges were building up with no money coming in. It left us with only one choice to come back home and put our dream of trotting across the globe on hold for another year. At first we were defeated, in all honesty we were devastated.
It was difficult at first to see all that we learned in the eleven months and how far we had actually come. With the love and support of our friends and family we began to look at what we saw as failures and began to look at them instead, as important lessons. With these new found lessons, Ashley and I sat down and began to map out our next attack on our dream of becoming full time travelers.
We now have a more defined focus and drive for our blog and what kind of company we want to build. We knew that we wanted to turn our focus to local cuisines around the world. Ashley and I started to create our “Eat Local in” guides. They are short guides focused on were and what to eat in cities around the world. But we did not stop there; Ashley and I decided that we wanted to write a full length cuisine guide to the city of Barcelona which will be released in the beginning of February! It was a huge undertaking and it still hasn’t quite sunk in that it will be a reality in just two months.
Over the past year we grew even more and realized that we did not only want to just write informational guides on food, wine, and spirits but we wanted to focus on the locals and how they are at the core of eating local. Our goal is to not only teach you about the traditional and innovative local cuisine but to tell you the stories of the locals who bring us locally sourced food, from the local restauranteur to the farmer to the brewer to the winemaker. We want to focus not just on the food and drinks but the people who are helping to support their local economy and create a truly eating and drinking local experience.
Live Local in 2017
“Eat, Drink, Live Local” is our new driving force and the center of mapping out our next adventure. We came to this decision because we not only want to teach people about the traditional cuisine of a city from street cuisine to classic restaurants, but also put a spotlight and celebrate innovative restaurants that use local traditional ingredients in new ways. Traditional or avant garde, we want celebrate the importance of keeping it local.
“Eat, Drink, Live Local,” will be our inspiration as we explore Central and South America. 2017 is looking to be exciting year for In Pursuit of Adventure as we put our heads down and work to bring you new “Eat Local in” guides and the stories of the people who put the food on our table.
We hope that you will continue to follow us around the world bringing you the best local eats out there. Ashley and I both want to wish all of you a happy New Year and hope that you all have wonderful, beautiful, and successful 2017.
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