Dear friends, new and old,

As suddenly as it arrived, 2015 has ended and 2016 is at the gate. As it is, the year stands empty – but it is brimming with potential.

It is my sincere wish that the upcoming year will be prosperous, rich in experiences and filled with happiness – and similarly that it will be poor in adversity and pessimism.

I take this opportunity to wish you a particularly happy new year.

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Photo: Fire and brimstone — up close and personal with the forces of nature at Kawah Ijen on East Java, Indonesia. One of many impressions from a 2015 that has now entered into history.