I must confess that I've never written a blog before and I'm not even a great writer. But I am thrilled that so many friends seem genuinely interested and have requested updates about life down here that I've decided to begin writing a blog anyway. I look at it as an on-line journal of our personal experiences, mixed with a few facts and photos sprinkled in between, documenting the move and new life "down under." I should also mention that whatever our personal experiences are, may or may not be typical for other Americans or Australians. We can only tell our own story. But before I begin the journey, I wanted to post a few photos of farewell parties given by co-workers and friends before I left CT. Thank you again to those friends that made saying goodbye a little easier and the fond memories to hold me until I return in a few years!