Happy New Year from Sydney, Australia! E. and I spent last night in the shadow of the Opera House at the Opera Bar, where we rang in in the New Year with this view.
This photo of a photo is totally grainy, but you get a sense of what we were working with!
It was–there’s no other word for it–awesome.
What’s crazy is that our New Year’s Eve was about 17 hours ago, but our friends and family at home in California only celebrated 30 minutes ago. We totally feel like we’re in the future.
If you’re ever in Sydney for New Year’s Eve, I highly recommend the party at the Opera Bar. Sydney goes into total lockdown on NYE and there are checkpoints upon checkpoints to get anywhere with even a semi-decent view. Tickets to the Opera Bar aren’t cheap (ours were somewhere in the ballpark of $400 per person, and that doesn’t include champagne or drinks!) but you have a first row seat at the greatest fireworks show on earth–al fresco right on the harbour–with plenty of appetizers, entertainment, a band and dance floor. It’s worth it.
I’m really not sure what 2014 will have in store for me. I felt similar apprehensions during the transition from 2012 to 2013. On December 31st, 2012, I felt like that had been the greatest year of my life, full of travel and new beginnings. I went to South Africa and New Zealand for the first time, and I made some significant advances in my career and (equally importantly!) in my savings account. But then this year happened, and I was overwhelmed by the happiness, love and adventure that came into my life. 2013 took me to Japan, France, Italy, Quebec, England, Hong Kong, and now Australia, which is an embarrassment of riches for anybody, travel writer or no. And, of course, there was E.
Will 2014 be even better than 2013? It feels greedy to wish it. I accomplished many of my goals this year, but there were others that went unmet: I still haven’t finished my book, I didn’t do as much charity work as I planned, and I made good money but I spent large chunks of it on travel. At times, I have felt spectacularly adrift with my writing and my blogging. This felt partially like a year for laying foundations and planting seeds. My fingers are quietly crossed that 2014 will bring a few of those cherished goals–no jinxing!–to fruition…
More to come from our honeymoon adventures soon!