HAPPY NEW YEAR & G’Day from Sydney, Australia!
December 31st, 2009 by Kate
New Year's fireworks on Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Bridge in background!
New Year’s fireworks on Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Bridge in background!

Tonight we celebrated New Years 2010 just as we had planned – overlooking Sydney Harbour with spectacular fireworks!  An amazing site, and one we have been looking forward to since we started planning our trip around the world over five years ago!!!

 Tomorrow is a big day for us too, we will be traveling to New Zealand, but January 1st also marks the completion of 6 months of our travels.  In some ways it seem like we have been gone forever, and sometimes we don’t know where the time went!  Many of you have been following us on our blog so you know about many of our crazy adventures – but for those of you that lost track of us long ago, so far we have been to the Bahamas, Canada, Japan, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Australia! 

 We are TOTALLY having the time of our lives – we have seen and done totally amazing things, met the most wonderful people, eaten food you can hardly imagine, slept in places that you don’t want to imagine – and have grown incredibly as individuals and as a family.  All and all, the amazingness (is that a word – if it isn’t it should be!) of our experiences FAR outweigh the challenges of travel.  The girls impress us every day with their curiosity, self-sufficiency, flexibility, humor, kindness (to each other even!), and map reading skills.  They have become very mentally strong, and VERY physically strong.  They can laugh, and make us laugh, even in the most challenging situations.  They find beauty in things that just 6 months ago they would have found shocking. 

 We have climbed great mountains and great walls, scuba dived on pristine reefs that give us hope that people can and do CHOOSE to take care of the environment rather than destroy it, and have celebrated festivals hand-in-hand with people who were once considered enemies.  We have been told more than once, by people from very different backgrounds, that Tessa & Phoebe are the best ambassadors the US could ever have – and we believe it.  It is impossible for us to thank in words all of the amazing people that have helped make our trip possible (and wonderful- you know who you are out there!), so we will thank them through our actions in passing their good will forward whenever and wherever we can.

 fireworksSo as we jet forward (literally) into 2010 – we want to wish the very best to all of our friends and family around the world in the new year – health, happiness, freedom, clean air, water and soil, enough food to eat, education, good friends, loving families, and good beer (one guess who said that!).  So, until we meet again…

7 Responses  
Brian writes:
December 31st, 2009 at 3:13 pm

You are a great inspiration to us all, and thanks for capturing our imagination and showing us what’s possible.

Safe travels to you, — Brian and Ella

Marion Wiener writes:
December 31st, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Lovely photo! Thanks so much for posting it.
Happy New Year to you all. May 2010 continue to bring you much joy, peace and love.
See you later this year! woo hoo!

Cricket Bourget writes:
December 31st, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Darling photo, you all look so glowingly “tan and wan”–camping on the beach must have been good for you Girls and Boy Scouts!

Speaking of growing as individuals, why does Phoebe look so tall all of a sudden? Wasn’t she still much smaller than Tess just a few weeks (pictures) ago? All that wholesome Vietnamese cuisine (and coconut candy?) must have added a couple of inches to her.

Continued safe and happy travels in 2010. Keep an out out in NZ for leftover orks lurking in the hills. [Oh come on, everybody saw Lord of the Rings didn't they?]

pieter kanters writes:
January 2nd, 2010 at 2:29 am

Hey we live in Australia and are still to see the new year fireworks in Sydney.Thats alright hope you had a great time. Kanters family

The Talamantes writes:
January 2nd, 2010 at 10:23 am

Happy New Year!! We miss you all very much and wish you’d come home to ski with us! We are following your posts regularly to keep track of where you are and what adventure you are into next.

It’s great to see that your world travels are going so well and that, but for a missing tooth and a few forgettable (or unforgettable) bus rides, you seem to be having the time of your lives.

We are, of course, very happy to read along with your adventures, but we do miss you and our dinner dates, cabin trips, etc. (And the boys certainly do miss the girls.)

Be well and be safe and keep us updated on your whereabouts – please try not to get any more weird fevers or eat anything wiggly (this part of your adventure makes Cara very nervous). Love to all of you, The Talamantes

Aunt Paru and Uncle Doug- writes:
January 5th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Happy Birth-Day!
How does it feel to be a teenager?

Aunt Paru and Uncle Doug-

Charli and Nick writes:
January 8th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Amazing!!Your travel is such an inspiration for truly “taking it all in” and “living life to it’s fullest”. Thank you for that :)

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