So long, 2016

It has been such a strange year in the world, for everyone. As various social media ask whether we want to remember this or that, giving us the option to share it and aggressively brandishing pictures of our “best moments”, I just thought I would round up my Berliner Diary year by thinking back and selecting my own best or defining moments of 2016, at least those I feel happy to share publicly.

I don’t know where the world is heading but more than ever we need to remember its beauty, as long as it still stands. Diving into the unknown is frightening – yet thrilling as well. Can we still make plans in that context of uncertainty? Or are we better off not asking ourselves anything at all and see where the wind will carry us? As the new year dawns, what I learned over the past twelve months is who I am, and who I want to be. I also found out that the where and when and how just don’t matter, only inner peace does. And everything else falls into the right place. I wish that experience to be lived by everyone. It’s the most beautiful, strongest feeling of them all.

So long, 2016, it has been an interesting ride, and here’s to many more happy moments and beautiful encounters.

“It’s time that we began to laugh, and cry, and cry, and laugh about it all again” (Leonard Cohen…need I say…)

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Seeing Turkey in a haze, from Lesvos ©Emmanuelle Chaze – 2016
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Waiting for the rubber boats, Lesvos © Emmanuelle Chaze – 2016

 

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Maling them smile, always © Emmanuelle Chaze – 2016
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Witnessing Brexit © Emmanuelle Chaze – 2016
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Discovering France’s shame: Calais ©Emmanuelle Chaze – 2016
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Rekindling an old love: Ireland © Emmanuelle Chaze – 2016
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Nice, scarred but shining brighter than ever © Emmanuelle Chaze – 2016
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That perfect day © Emmanuelle Chaze – 2016
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We’ll always have Paris © Emmanuelle Chaze – 2016
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Beauty through the rain – Fernsehpuddle © Emmanuelle Chaze – 2016
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