Well hello there. Welcome to 52 Suburbs Around the World, where grand flashy bits of cities are given the cold shoulder and suburbs rule. (If you’re new to this project and that last sentence made no sense whatsoever, check out the ‘About’ section and all should be clear.)

So here’s how things stand right now. Me, a mix of nerves and excitement, as I explained in my last post over at 52 Suburbs. Eight year old Coco, on the other hand, chilled. Well of course she’s chilled. She has no idea of the myriad disasters that could strike us down over the next 12 months (tad too dramatic? Just saying). In fact, for her, disaster has already happened – no Christmas tree. Hard, I explain, when one is living out of a suitcase. I keep eyeing off those miniature Christmas trees, wondering if I should shell out some ridiculous amount for a stunted spruce. But to be honest, it’s never felt less like Christmas; I keep forgetting about it until I spy a reindeer or tinsel and I’m all, oh yer, it’s Christmas. In truth, I can’t be doing with carols and whatnot when I’m planning world domination. I am woman hear me roar, sure, but there’s a limit.

Anyway, prattle prattle. I really just wanted to welcome you and usher you aboard the 52 Suburbs Around the World private jet plane. There’ll be a slight delay – eight days in fact – but then we’ll be pushing back and taking off. Fasten your seatbelts.

(A little housekeeping before I go: For those already subscribed, no need to do anything. To new arrivals, can I suggest you subscribe – top right-hand corner – to ensure you don’t miss any of the weekly posts. I will try and be regular but it’s likely that the post day will drift from time to time.)

  1. Robert Trezise says:

    Best of luck on your voyage….So many places to see and walk about. Love doing that in almost any city at any time, especially Amsterdam and New York.

  2. fistrel says:

    Merry merry! (And pls post locations going fwd!)
    All best for 2012 to the two of you — what a trip (two out of three senses).

  3. Sue says:

    No need to waste money find some branches from a garden and such and start decorating newspaper cut into shape borrow some string and let your imagination go crazy and good luck with your adventure always make sure you know where the Australian Embassy are in each country,will be looking forward to reading about your adventure and Coco will be fine..

  4. Steve says:

    Good luck! I can’t wait to see the first photos

  5. Kalinda says:

    Love the new logo Lou

  6. Gavin Blue says:

    I’m looking forward to it.
    Good Luck!


  7. Nina says:

    Oh my gosh, it’s you, Coco’s mum! I am Rosie’s mum. I love your blog, and have been following it only for a while, being put on to it by a friend. Holy smoke, have a great time, good luck, Rosie and I will be following you on your path… Nina.

  8. Kylie says:

    Have a great time Louise. I can’t wait to hear about what you and Coco discover on your travels. Have a safe trip and Merry Christmas :)

  9. Fiona Horton says:

    Hi Louise, what fantastic experiences and adventures await you and Coco…what a way to escape the everyday! Can’t wait to “see all about it”. Safe (but exciting) travels Louise…Fiona.x

  10. Mark says:

    Good luck guys! I’ll be following you with much interest every step of the way. And I’m jealous. I’m sure you’ll have the time of your lives!!!

  11. Jason says:

    Very nice! Good luck with the trip.

  12. Gill says:

    We’re all hitchhiking a ride with you! Looking fwd to your travels and reading and seeing all about them.
    ps happy christmas!

  13. Louise, 52 Suburbs says:

    Thanks all! I can already tell that you’re all going to be excellent travelling companions, albeit virtual ones. Packed your bags yet?

  14. Jackie Nolan says:

    Best wishes for a great experience and lifetime
    endeavour. Bon Voyage!
    I will follow your progress closely.

  15. Ness says:

    Good luck to you and Coco – can’t wait to read and see the world through your eyes. PS Love the new site!

  16. Gretel says:

    Take a gorgeous photo of a Christmas tree, tie on a bit of string and hang it from your bags! ;-)
    Bon Voyage on your wonderful trip!

  17. Vanessa says:

    Louise – congratulations! For realising this tremendous project; getting the funding; setting up the site and planning your travels! I admire your immense courage, inspiration and dedication. I can not wait to travel the world with you!


  18. ellen says:

    hellooooooo i cant wait to join you on the around the world trip jsut a question im suscribed right how did ya do that if ya donno my email adress LOL have a great christmas and a great trip and when ur in new york be sure to visit the suburbs iu know there r suburbs or r they counties over there well i have few charge fams on the xmas card lsits who do not live in the city its self maybe ya will bump into them and be photgraphing them and ill b keeping an eye out who knwos may reconise a face or towo ill send them ru way and let u know if i do LOL oh if anyone says charge jsut ask if they know me LOL love ya

  19. ellen says:

    i am trying to suscribe and it telling me my email is invallid i am using ellen.howe@gmail.com

  20. Louise, 52 Suburbs says:

    Ellen, so glad you can come along for the adventure. I’m not sure why the subscription thing isn’t working – perhaps it’s because you’re already subscribed to the first blog? I’ll look into it. Louise x

  21. Fer Buenos Aires says:

    Have a happy new year! Best from Buenos Aires!

  22. Sue from Sydney says:

    Bravo and Bon Voyage. Watch it world here we come. xx

  23. Jeanette Verster says:

    Awesome project! Let me know when you get to South Africa… and we’ll organise a photowalk or something

  24. suzy says:

    Happy New Year! This one really will be full of adventures, and I’m looking forward to seeing the photos.

  25. Peter McConnochie says:

    Excellent, this is brilliant.

    I am currently enjoying the Sydney book but will look forward to your weekly updates from around the globe! Your approach is inspiring – enjoy every minute of it!

  26. Jo says:

    Fantastic! I can’t wait to see your globetrotting.

  27. Rotub* says:

    Good luck – I hope everything runs smoothly! Looking forward to each update.


  28. barbara hall says:

    looking forward to following your travels all the best, you’ll make some great friends!

  29. EJ says:

    Nice start . . . if you love shophouses, your camera will jump up & down with joy when you get to pretty much anywhere in the rest of S-E Asia . . . -also re gluten intolerance; most yum-cha “dim-sums” are made on rice-flour (but check first of course). Pity if you have to miss them . . . . .

  30. Toni Mostyn says:

    Loved exploring the first stop, Hong Kong, with you. Great photos. I love the one including the bicycle. As a cycle tourist, it would be nice to see a cycle in a few of the photos. Great work, and look forward to next entry.

  31. Rob says:

    Great start to 52 suburbs.
    I lived in HK for 4 years in early 1970s. SSP,was always very interesting along with Kennedy Town and Chung Chau Is. to walk around and photograph.
    I returned two years ago after 35 years away and so much has changed,not much of the old HK left.
    You have bought back many memories with your wonderful pics. Looking forward to more in the coming

  32. Rob says:

    I just looked at your map of the next places planned to touch down on the trip…..a pity you have not included Amsterdam…..so many little districts within the city and so much to explore….I did a book on A’dam three years ago….just the sort of city your camera would love.

  33. Louise says:

    EJ – Apparently some dim sum are made with wheat or there’s soy inside etc. But if I get the chance to eat a gluten-free one, hooray!
    Toni – Bikes are good, for the environment and the photographer.
    Rob – I bet HK has changed incredibly since 35 years ago. And re-Amsterdam, look, I’d love to go there. My city list is set but never in stone so you never know.

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