Happy New Year!!!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and from our piece of paradise we wish you all a very happy 2008.

In Spain we have a tradition (of course, Spain is full of traditions). On New Year´s Eve, just as the clock ticks 12 o’clock and the new year starts, every single person in Spain eats 12 grapes. Funny, isn’t it? Well, New Year’s Eve isn’t the same if we cannot eat the 12 grapes and I’m positive that every single Spaniard keeps up with the tradition wherever they are. Some of you will remember that a few years ago, we left Spain on boxing day to go on our Russian adventure. The first questions all our Spanish friends asked when they new was: “What about the grapes?” And my mum provided us with a couple of tins of grapes that you can find in the shops for such an occassion. And this year we did too, of course. But 2008 is going to be a very successful year, we not only ate 12 but 24, celebrating both the Australian and Spanish change of the year, nine hours later.

New Years Day was very quiet. In the morning we went for a walk to our nearest beach and in the arvo we went to our swimming pool to cool down a bit. I’m sure many of you are used to spending Christmas during the summer and it’s not a big deal. But it is for me. During Christmas it is usually freezing in Spain and the fact that I see Christmas trees and decorations while I can still enjoy a swimm in the pool is at least weird. Two years ago, when we came to Cairns for a visit, something funny happened. We took the traditional Spanish Christmas sweet, called “turron” to give as presents to friends and family. We left some lying around in our room the day we went scuba diving in Cairns. When we went back to our room I discovered the turron (a sweet made usually with almonds and sugar) completely melted and covered in ants. I guess in Spain it doesn’t happen, it is too cold

Some of you have expressed your concern about Steve exchanging one of his kidneys for the safe return of our beloved car. Don’t worry, Steve still has his two kidneys, which also means that we don’t have our car yet.

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