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Day 1: Will I Ever Celebrate New Years in the States Again?


Day 1: New Years in Sydney.

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

guatemala new year

Guatemalan celebration involved fireworks... lots of fireworks.

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

ukraine new year

Ukraine new year involved vodka shots and icing our beer in the snow.

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

dubbo new year

Dubbo new year involved a bottle of Moet in our motel room.

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

sydney new year

Sydney celebration involved lots of Americans and lots of beer.

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!


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5 Responses to Day 1: Will I Ever Celebrate New Years in the States Again?

  1. Caroline Eubanks January 2, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    I hear you. I love being away on New Years. I want to visit every time zone for New Years, but I’ve only spent it in 3 so far. Hopefully I will get to see Sydney next year!

    • Brooke January 2, 2011 at 11:14 am #

      Well chances are, I’ll be here next year, so perhaps you can join in on the fun with us! :)

  2. Lauren January 2, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    Woohoo, I love this post! Had a rocking time with you–thanks to you and P-dawg for coming. Hope it wasn’t too nightmarish getting home. Happy 2011!

    • Brooke January 2, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      It was an adventure getting home – kind of exciting, but so worth it when we got home and could sleep in as long as we wanted the next day :) We had fun, and I want an encore of Baby Got Back, miss rapper chick.

  3. Dana January 3, 2011 at 4:43 am #

    you will !!!! Privet is ours , Russian :)

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