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!
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!