Hello 2011!

I have a sneaking suspicion that if you were to look up the term ‘sober’ in an updated Macquarie or Webster’s dictionary from January 1, 2011, you will be presented with something along the lines of this…

Sober Lynda

so·ber (sbr)
adj. so·ber·erso·ber·est

1. Habitually abstemious in the use of alcoholic liquors or drugs; temperate.
2. Not intoxicated or affected by the use of drugs.
3. Plain or subdued: sober attire.
4. Lynda from Live. Travel. Blog. on the eve of 2011 (see left)

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This may be the very first time in six or so years that I was able to coherently string together a sentence throughout the later hours of December 31 and the early hours of January 1. It’s not that I didn’t want to be out drunk having an awesome time with friends, it’s just that I didn’t feel like consuming copious amounts of booze and then running around like a lunatic circa New Years Eve 2009 where I was literally drinking tequila straight out of a bottle. The thought alone now is almost enough to make me vomit quietly in my mouth.

I spent New Years Eve with my parents and a thousand other people I’d never seen before in my life on the shore of Williamstown Beach. Sure, I was with the two people that love and care about me more than anyone in this world, but I could not, for the life of me, brush the immense, empty feeling that constantly engulfed my thoughts as the last remaining minutes of 2010 snuck on by.

I can’t recall a time where I’ve ever felt so alone.

I wanted to be back at my happy place – the one where I so gladly welcomed in 2010…
I wanted to be back in Orlando with all my friends – the ones that had become my second family whilst away from home…
I wanted to count down the final ten seconds of the year with them – and then hug and kiss them all while wishing them the very best for the New Year…
I wanted to feel as though I belonged to a part of something special – that same feeling I used to only get when I was with them…

I miss it.
I miss them.
I want to go back.
For good.
Please let this be the year.

While this was all running through my head, I was, of course, madly snapping away on my camera at the beautiful fireworks show that Melbourne put on last night to welcome in 2011. This year, the city of Melbourne decided to ditch the fireworks along the Yarra River and instead launch them from the tops of 12 buildings as well as the Art Centre Spire. It really was a spectacular view from across the Bay at Williamstown Beach. Here’s some pre-fireworks and fireworks photos I was able to capture.

Enjoy…

View of Melbourne from across the Bay in Williamstown - New Years Eve 2010


View of Melbourne from across the Bay in Williamstown - New Years Eve 2010

View of Melbourne from across the Bay in Williamstown - New Years Eve 2010

View of Melbourne from across the Bay in Williamstown - New Years Eve 2010

View of Melbourne from across the Bay in Williamstown - New Years Eve 2010

View of Melbourne from across the Bay in Williamstown - New Years Eve 2010

Melbourne New Years Fireworks - As viewed from across the Bay at Williamstown - Hello 2011
Melbourne New Years Fireworks - As viewed from across the Bay at Williamstown - Hello 2011
Melbourne New Years Fireworks - As viewed from across the Bay at Williamstown - Hello 2011
Melbourne New Years Fireworks - As viewed from across the Bay at Williamstown - Hello 2011
Melbourne New Years Fireworks - As viewed from across the Bay at Williamstown - Hello 2011
Melbourne New Years Fireworks - As viewed from across the Bay at Williamstown - Hello 2011
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Where did you ring in the New Year?
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