I’m back from a wonderful trip to the East Coast of Australia, starting in Sydney and then on to Cairns. Sydney is known for having the best (and one of the first) New Year’s Eve fireworks events in the world, with over 1.4 million tourists, myself included, coming to the city of just over 4 million people to see the show. It was a bit overwhelming to be honest, but a wonderful time to enjoy the southern hemisphere’s summer and get away from San Francisco for a while. Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, helped put me out to sea for a week on the Taka boat, cruising with no land in sight for days to the most remote portions of the reef. It was absolutely spectacular, and by far the highlight of the trip. I’ve been scuba diving since I was 15, and this certainly could have been the most spectacular trip I’ve done to date, made all the more fun as I tried my hand at underwater photography for the first time. I now really have the bug and can’t wait to get out for my next trip. The frequent flyer miles are already being saved….