A Year in Cities, 2009

Last New Year's Eve I began a tradition of naming major cities I visited that year. Here again is the list of cities I visited in the last year, excluding smaller places and short stops en route somewhere else. Asterisks indicate a city I had not visited before:

  1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  2. Baltimore, Maryland*
  3. Kigali, Rwanda*
  4. Bujumbura, Burundi*
  5. Kampala, Uganda*
  6. Nairobi, Kenya* (Where I am at the moment)

Like 2008, this list feels inadequate because most places I've visited are too obscure to mention.  Still, visiting cities in four new countries (and all of them capitals, interestingly) is solid enough. One low-hanging fruit I'm sure to pick next year is the DRC, which is just a couple-hour bus ride away. I plan to end my stay in Rwanda around June so there will likely be more significant Africa sightseeing done around my departure. Beyond that, there's a hazy plan to visit Canada, but if my plans unfurl correctly, there may be no time or *gasp* money.