Wednesday, January 2, 2013
2012 was AMAZING making it hard to imagine what wonders 2013 will bring. Happiest of New Year to you all wherever you are around the world. It was wonderful to celebrate in Brisbane. We followed New Years around the world, noting that the residents of Fanning Island, Kiribati and Apia, Samoa, both places we recently visited, were the first to herald in 2013. Then Tonga, and Fiji an hour later, and a mere three hours more it reached us in eastern Australia before continuing on. It really sunk in how far we are away from the US mainland when we realized our family on the east coast would not celebrate for another 15 hours, it would be another 18 hours for our friends on the west coast, 19 hours for the Alaska cohort, or 21 hours later if we were hiking Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii again as we were last New Years Eve. Only American Samoa and Midway Islands celebrate later, one more hour before the New Year had reached everywhere in the world. The month of December zoomed by and we'll get a post up soon with all of the craziness for us in Oz that has included transitions, koalas, kangaroo, kookaburra, computer crashes, platapus, tazmanian devils, friends, yoga, school, summertime Christmas celebrations, and generally revolved around Tao.