6 weeks from today and hubby and I will be packing our suitcases for our very first overseas trip. EEEEKK!!
Now, if you’ve read the “who is behind fantastic chaos” page, then you’ll know that technically it’s not our very first overseas trip. Yes hubby and I moved to Brisbane, Australia from New Zealand and we’ve been back and forth several times since then. But seriously, we don’t even count going to NZ as an overseas trip. I mean, the flight’s only 3 hours long! This will be our first PROPER overseas trip.
Hubby and I have always said that our first venture out of Australasia would be to the good old US of A and we were in fact planning on going in 2016, however something better came up first.
2015 is the 100th Anniversary of ANZAC Day. For those of you who don’t know about ANZAC Day, I’ll give you a brief synopsis.
First of all, ANZAC stands for “Australian and New Zealand Army Corps”. The day itself is observed each year on April 25th. It was originally to honour the ANZAC’s who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula (which is in Turkey), against the Ottoman Empire in WWI. Since then it has become known as the day to honour all Australian and New Zealanders who have served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of those that have and those that are still serving.
So why April 25th? Well, it was on that day in 1915 that several thousand ANZAC troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula, at what is now know as ANZAC Cove. More info about ANZAC Day here.
You may be asking “What does this have to do with your trip?” Here it is… because it is the 100th anniversary this year, the Turkish government has limited the amount of people who can attend the annual dawn service at ANZAC Cove. Both the Australian and New Zealand governments held a ballot to decide who would be given the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the service.
Both hubby and I entered the NZ government’s ballot for an attendance pass. There was over 9,000 people entered and only 900 double passes were given out (more stats on the NZ ballot). Hubby’s ballot was no good, but mine WAS SUCCESSFUL! Hubby and I were lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to do this once in a lifetime pilgrimage. We couldn’t pass it up.
Nearly a year in the making and we are both extremely excited that it’s almost here. We decided to make the trip a bit of a tour of sites of significance of both the World Wars so we’re also going to France and Belgium (we’re stopping in Dubai on the way to Turkey as well).
Stay tuned for more about our upcoming trip!