Being January 1st, your assumptions that I have a massive New Year’s headache and want nothing more than a slurpee and movies on the computer to make me happy are correct. Still, I’m in a reflective mood despite my current situation. It struck me that last night was my 4th consecutive year abroad for New Year’s Eve, and I wonder now if I will ever really celebrate the ringing in of the next calendar year in the US of A.
The thought of traveling during this time of year sounds too stressful. That, combined with weather that is always on the iffy side for a large part of the States also seals the deal. If my life is going to be permanently (or semi-permanently — I can’t rule possibilities out completely that we won’t hop the pond at some point) transported to Australia, the reality that I may not ever celebrate this day there again is very real.
Rather than letting myself be saddened by the thoughts, I wanted to take the time to remember the past four I’ve had abroad for their uniqueness.
Saying Buenos Dias to 2008: Antigua, Guatemala
I stereotypically rung in the New Year in Antigua, Guatemala at El Hostal with fireworks, and it was amazing. We sprayed bubbly in the streets and then danced around in the central square to a Guatemalan rock band.
Saying Privyet to 2009: Kiev, Ukraine
For it being so cold, way too many Ukrainians head to the outdoors to celebrate. We brought a bottle of vodka and then jumped around to the awesome live music that happened after the fireworks.
Saying G’day to 2010: Dubbo, Australia
On our way back from Broken Hill, Pat and I stopped in Dubbo (no more driving could be done) and was hoping they’d have something on in town. Nope, nothing. We hung out in our motel room and watched the Sydney fireworks on TV.
Saying Howzitgoing, Mate to 2011: Sydney, Australia
We met up with Lauren Fritsky, her boyfriend and some of their American friends in Balmain. We had an awesome vantage point for the fireworks and took this photo just around the time the calendar switched years.
How ever will I add to this list in the future? We’ll just have to wait and see!