I had the opportunity to go to Australia last month with one of my very best friends. We went to see her boyfriend/my friend who lives in Sydney and spent a wonderful two weeks on beaches, camping, going to the zoo, and kayaking. We rang in the New Year at a house that was straight out the O.C., got to celebrate our friend's 21st birthday and met some amazing new Aussie friends. It was the perfect getaway from the bitter Minnesota winter. We even miss this whole "polar vortex" thing people are talking about. Talk about a perfectly planned trip.