A New Year Means New Beginnings

Trip Start Sep 03, 2006
Trip End May 23, 2007

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Monday, January 1, 2007

Firstly, Happy New Year to you all.  We hope that this finds you in happiness and good health.  New year is a time for new beginnings and as we say goodbye to 2006 we also said goodbye to wee Homer.  Two weeks ago we decided to advertise him to see if we would get much interest, less than a week later we received our first phone call from 2 French girls asking to see him.  They fell in love with him right away and offered us more than what we had originally paid for him, so after a quick thought and much sadness we agreed and said our good-byes!

  As my mum once said, traveling is in Homer's blood (petrol), so we decided to let him do what he does best and be on the open road for the new year!

The following day, Christmas Eve saw the return of our old friend Steve (who we met in Brisbane) when he dropped by St Kilda for a few hours when he was passing through Melbourne to spend Christmas Day on the Great Ocean Road.  We spent a few hours catching up and then he had to leave.... he did however catch up with wee Homer about 150km down the road!

We have now spent our first Christmas Day away from the nest and it was a totally different experience.  Christmas in Australia is like a completely different holiday altogether (or maybe that was just our experience of it!  Our plans to have Christmas dinner out in the courtyard of our apartments were changed, due to the fact that we experienced the coldest Christmas on record in Melbourne!  We had a very cold and wet day, that didn't allow for any outdoor activities at all!  We ended up clearing the garage in the basement of our apartments and had our Christmas dinner down there.  Our landlord had arranged a spread with a mix of traditional Christmas dinner (turkey etc.) and Australian (prawns etc.) 

 It was a case of our meal followed by drinking games that got people drunk way too early in the day.  We decided that this wasn't the way we wanted to spend Christmas, so we moved upstairs and had a few drinks and our own craic in Tarun's room with our own circle of friends!  We ended the night by going into our room and watching a DVD that Paul's sister Karen had very thoughtfully put together of our friends and family giving Christmas video messages from home!  It was the perfect way to end the day, laughing at everyone being jealous of us and our 'hot & sunny Christmas' - yeah right!! - Karen, once again thank you so much for you thought, time and effort, we can't describe the appreciation we have (we now know how the people on Big Brother feel when they get their message from their families - it's a brilliant feeling!)

We then spent the next week chilling, with Paul of on holiday and me working only a few hours a day for Ericsson (in one of the tallest buildings in the city centre with a bird's eye view of the ashes in the MCG - so it was quite cool), we spent most of our time just hanging out around the apartments with friends who were all off for Christmas, so it was cool!

New Year's Eve was one that we won't forget in a hurry!  We started off with a party in our apartment, and then we all left around 11 to spend midnight on the beach!!!  It was an unbelievable experience.   There was a DJ playing music, people dancing, fireworks going off along the beach and a view of the city skyline with fireworks!  The atmosphere was electric!  Then it was a short walk home, where Paul and I sat on the steps of our apartments just relaxing and watching people passing and partying, as we talked about the year that had just passed and the year that lay ahead.  Again the perfect ending to the day, more importantly the perfect ending to the perfect year!

Anyway, that's it for now, but we do promise that our travel pod will be more exciting again, as we have a lot planned for January! 

Love & best wishes for 2007,

Paul & Ciara
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