Sparklers & Sand.

I don't know if I had mentioned this before, but i have this problem every year where I recurrently look forward to holidays so much that I am always disappointed that they never meet my expectations.  The worst part about this is that the more I like a holiday the higher my expectations are, and the worse the actual day is to me.  Not this year, though!!!

The 4th of July is my ultimate favorite holiday of all.  Barbecues and fire works... I love the whole day! Yet, I have not had a good one for as long as I can remember.  Ever since I have been in Australia, I have had the most amazing holidays, one after the other exceeding my expectations.

We were in a very small town in Queensland Australia called 1770.  There is literally a beach, 1 store, 1 petrol station, and 1 hostel. Of course, I was not expecting the big sha-bang of traditions such as the fire work shows in the baseball fields and huge barbecues in a town like this, in a country who doesn't even celebrate it.   Yet, this 4th of July was the best I can remember. I celebrated in Australia with my twinzies, 1 American boy, and about 30 people from all over the world.  The manager of the hostel decided to throw his first ever 4th of July party, and we just happened to be in the right place at the right time!

We taught everyone how to make an "american hot dog" with "American ketchup" and "hot dog buns."  We used facepaint to draw American flags, USA, and I <3 America all over everyone.  We explained the "S'more" to our deprived friends from other countries who had never heard of it as we sat around the bonfire.   The best part was that we bought sparklers at the one store in this town with a population of like 100.  Sparklers have been banned since I was 10 in Colorado, and I have missed them so much!  It was the most amazing day, unexpectedly so, and I am so grateful for that!

Life is unceasingly more here in Australia, even on the one day when I thought I would miss America the most.  I just wish i could ship all my friends and family out here and stay forever! Xx


  1. AnonymousJuly 09, 2011

    Awesome!!! It would be lovely to move there with you!

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  3. Very cool pics.
    I like sparklers.



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