Happy New Year 2014 from Melbourne! Last night we joined around 500,000 other Melburnians to celebrate the New Year. Trains were free, crowded and good humoured. A hilarious ride home, where one of my friend’s attempts to get carriage participation, in singing Auld Lang Syne with her, was met with complete silence. It was a perfect summer night to sit on the banks of the Yarra and be dazzled by fireworks from 22 city rooftops.
The world has not been completely happy in 2013, I wish for, above all, peace and tolerance. I sat on the banks of the river surrounded by Australians of all different cultural backgrounds, races and religions. People were wearing Hijabs, Baseball caps, silly looking 2014 headbands, blue and red devil horns, flashing lights, flowers and just plain old bare heads. All around me, faces turned to the sky, enraptured. I thought, this is right, all is as it should be.