Sunday, January 20, 2013

This was my seventh consecutive Australian Open - Impressive because this is only my 6th year in Australia

January is always such a big time for reflection in our society, but for me, at least this time, it's not because of a new year. It's because in December 2007, I packed up my life in United States and moved to Australia at the beginning of 2008. Thus begins my sixth year of living overseas. The sixth year of hearing 'G'day Mate' and 'How ya going?' Instead of "Hi, how are you."

Yes, life changed back in 2008 when I bordered that plane to arrive in Australia during my favourite my time of the year: Tennis time.

I've written many a blog post about my love of tennis whether it's how hot the men are - by the men I mean their hair (and apologise if some of the pictures don't show up - I wrote it a long time ago); My love for James Blake; And real women? They sweat - so sports wear companies, stop making shirts that emphasise the boob sweat. No Stop It.

I've attended every Australian Open since 2007 which is pretty impressive because I didn't move to Australia until 2008. I know right! So here are some tips on attending the Australian Open:

Don't forget your cape and umbrella - people will forget where they are.

Unfortunately when the Australian Open tweets out when players are practicing, it's not a direct message just to you - others will know. This will be the only shot of amazing Federer you'll get.

Frozen cokes can be hard to get. So rejoice by buying one. Also remember to be sun smart - cover those shoulders! Wear a hat. Get your shades out and for goodness sake wear sun screen!
 This is The Heard. You'll quickly learn to love them.

Welcome to Rod Laver Arena. Buy tickets early and you'll witness a miraculous thing: Sam Stosur winning a match IN AUSTRALIA (this is not to bag out Stosur, I love her, but she's a bit of a chokester in her home country). That's

Oh Melbourne, you're so pretty.

I don't know where I'll be in the next seven years, but I'll certainly make seeing the Australian Open a priority!


  1. Awesome! Oh, so warm and cheer to see. Another cold front blew in here. Even the wind sound nasty.

  2. Wow that's an impressive number of consecutive Open's attended.. I'm ashamed to say I've lived in Melbourne almost my entire life and this year marked the very fist time I went ( and only because a friend from the UK was desperate to go and paid for my ticket!).

    I LOVED it though. We saw Federer, Murray and Azarenka play but I just enjoyed the day in general.. I'll definitely be back... but I'm totally with you on the boob sweat tanks.. why does that happen?!?!

  3. This is awesome. Great tips too. I've always wanted to experience watching one but never got around to do it.

  4. Welcome to Aussie land! Oh yes the tennis, it throws all the tv shows out of whack and the sports seem to get a longer coverage than the news itself!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, keep dreaming of that dream kitchen one day it will happen :)

  5. Wow, seven consecutive opens is impressive! I don't think I've ever watched a pro tennis match before.

  6. Looks awesome! My friend was just telling me what a great time he had watching the Australian Open live in Melbourne too.

  7. I've never been a real tennis fan, but I went to an Open in New York city one year and it was so crazy!! I got so into it...I can't imagine how people in Australia must go crazy for it!! =)


  8. Wow. It's great that you have attended that many Aus Open. I haven't been to a match - not really a fan of tennis. But it's def an experience I want to try. Great tips!

  9. Wow. That is quite the feat. Now tell me - is tennis exciting to watch in person? I'm the kind of person who is on my feet screaming at the tv for football (it's the same way in person at the actual game), but I couldn't ever get into tennis. Maybe it's bc it's socially unacceptable to scream insults at tennis players from the crowd??

  10. What fun!

    And fun for me: seeing blue skies and sunshine, short sleeves, and . . . Mmm . . . frozen Cokes!

  11. Yay for Southern Hemisphere summer, right?

    Congrats on your six years in Australia. I don't remember when I actually came to Chile to live for know...when things got serious and I wasn't planning on traveling or not settling down.

  12. I am totally jealous of you! I always love watching this on tv and to be there... well that's just too cool!

  13. hahah "and by men, i mean the hair"- that was awesome. you're so brave to just pack up and go! that's super inspiring. I'm not really into sports but i feel like i'd go to the tennis event. it seems like such a big thing!

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  14. I love tennis! I grew up going to tennis tournaments each year and tennis camp each summer. So neat that you've gotten to go so many times! =)