Happy New Year from Australia!

Happy New Year

2010 will always be remembered as the year in which we built our home. Our lives changed dramatically last year, as we settled into married life, and finally, our new home. While there were many ups and downs associated with the entire build process, we look back on it with the thought that it brought us closer together. Our relationship was definitely tested at times – especially since we spent most of the year living with the in-laws. But in the end, we came away with a beautiful home – a home we were able to share with both sides of our families as we hosted the Christmas Day festivities.

The year went out with a bang – as it should in Sydney. As a city well known for an extravagant pyrotechnic display, we were fortunate to have been invited to a good friends place which had sweeping views of the downtown skyline. It was a million dollar view to say the least.

Sydney claims the largest and most technologically advanced annual fireworks display on the planet, attracting more than one million people to the harbour foreshore every year. And the stats (PDF) are impressive. 11,000 shells, 10,000 shooting comets, with a total of 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects, and 112 firing points on the Sydney Harbour Bridge itself. Plus seven barges and eight city rooftops. It requires 15 months of planning, a crew of 40 and 14 x 20 foot shipping containers to haul around the stuff that’s needed.  If you’re ever looking for a destination for NYE in the future, be sure Sydney is at the top of your list. I’ve yet to tire of the firework displays here, one that I’d rank above Time Square in New York.

Here’s my version of New Years, in Sydney.

To you and yours, have a wonderful 2011! May we all stick with our New Years resolutions longer than a week.

About Stefan
Stefan is the regular writer for Megan & Stefan, and hails originally from San Diego, California. A resident of Australia since 2007, he write about his experiences living abroad, his love of photography, and documenting the process of building a house here in this sunburnt country he calls home. Feel free to drop him a line - he's always up for a chat.

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