Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bye Bondi and Straya


I almost forgot about sending the rest of my postcards so when I awoke I quickly wrote them and stuck a stamp on the top left. I still had five more postcards to write.

Back to Bondi


Mad dash this morning. We wanted to do laundry when we got back last night but didn't get to as the washer and dryer were inaccessible. 

Souvenir Day


Today was our souvenir day. This meant taking the ferry into the city, walking around town and buying gifts for our peoples. We decided since we had the whole afternoon we'd walk around Sydney CBD. It was sort of amazing how we knew our way the CBD and the rocks. We walked into a few stores; Nate's favorite store in oz is 'Rebel Sports' which we think is the equivalent of a big 5, with sports jerseys and goods. We also walked into a JB Hi 5, which was like a Best Buy going out of business with all of its 'SALE' signs.

Snorkel hiking kebabs


I cut my foot yesterday. So sad. This happened yesterday evening when we decided to go take a stroll go fairlight beach. I walked barefoot on a rock and slipped not once, but twice! I was initially embarrassed, but that wore way quickly as I saw the pool underneath my foot with red. My butt was wet from the fall and my right palm throbbing but I was still glad I didn't hit my head. Can't have that at the near end of vacation.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Friday Fun


Started the day off with face timing with Quinn. He's got a beard now and he just looks so much older and mature with it, like he was in his thirties. We also spoke to Nate's parents for a bit. By the time all of that was done it was nearly 2pm.

Back in Sydney


We left Newcastle and now we are back in square one- Sydney. It was a little sad for us to drop off the car at the airport; we had it for 12 days and it had taken us to every relative down the coast. It was also my first time driving on the wrong side of the road. Actually since I got sick I wasn't able to drive after my initial drive around the wheel but I think Nate enjoyed driving.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Run Redhead Pizza


Zinny, Nate and I headed to Isaac's school to watch him run his cross country run this morning. So funny, we sat on the grass and had a conversation so we missed the start of his race. We did, however, caught him in the middle and tail end of when he finished. But there were two finish lines, and he finished at the line that was farther away from us- so photos, sorry everyone.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sandboarding at Port Stephens


I never expected sandboarding to be so tough. The fun part was sliding down tons and tons of sand, only to have to trudge up and through gazillions of sand again to be able to slide down again. I must say I was exhausted after just a few times of ambling up the dunes- which really took a lot of energy out of you. Every time you took a step, the sand would come up mid calf; it was like taking two steps forward, only it was one because your foot would depress a whole foot down from the sand.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Travel Day


Nick is so funny. This kid can seriously talk until the cows come home. We left Boambee today. And before we did, Nick was home and he showed us photos of his recent trip to Cambodia. He also thanked us and said goodbye to us for about maybe half an hour before he had to finally leave for school. And the whole time, we both said over and over again, "no problem, no problem. Don't mention it."

Coffs Tri and Boambee


Woke up at about 630 today to go see Nick compete in his triathlon - his first ever. We also met Sheena there. The whole thing reminded me of Nate's triathlons. Sort of weird to see him being in my position though, as a spectator and not a competitor.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015



Trish made us her famous green juice that she makes for herself every morning. The color was gross looking because of the spinach but it tasted absolutely wonderful. We went to the store to get bananas to add to the juice. When we returned, it was my turn to do my laundry as I was lacking clean clothes.

Sunday, March 8, 2015



I'm at the point of vacation where I'm losing track of what day it is. This only means 2 things; I'm having lots of fun and our vacation days are numbered.



I'm sick, and what a horrible feeling to have. Especially since I'm on vacation. Woke up to an extremely itchy throat and body aches. By the time we left our inn, I realized I had a cough and a slight fever.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary


Lone Pine was another amazing place we went to today. Among other wonderful places. We petted dingos, fed kangaroos and best of all, held Koalas!! So much excitement. It was like being at the zoo, except I could actually touch half of the animals (okay, half of the animals). The koala I had was Hugo. He was 5 years old and pretty heavy. Their claws are very sharp! I could feel Hugo's claws digging into my arms as I posed for a few photos with him.



What day is it, I keep asking?
My mind is not in sync with the calendar. Good and bad. We checked in late at the Kingsford Riverside Inn near Brisbane city. Better than I thought. And I was thinking sleazy hotel. It's apparent that I've been attacked by mosquitoes, with bites at least the size of a dime. I have a bite the size larger than a quarter!! Need bug spray asap. 

Did many things today, per usual. Was invited to Gladys's induction as a prefect at school. All the uniforms and the civil behavior reminded me of Parry. If this was Anerica, you'd hear cheers and whistles in addition to the claps. There was cake and drinks for parents and guests. Had a slice of sponge cake and almost went for another.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Travel day to Brisbane

Last minute shopping in Cairns

Travel day to Brisbane, so not much to report. We had our last fill of the breakfast buffet at the Coral Tree Inn, left our luggages there, and went exploring around Cairns one last time. We walked into more souvenir shops obviously. Also nearly lost our Australian phone, which would have been disastrous.

The Great Barrier Reef


The Great Barrier Reef was AMAZING. Dream come true for me. I can't believe I've never been snorkeling before this. Oh I know why: the water is cold cold cold and the waters are dangerous. Le sigh.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Day Trip to Palm Cove

SO HOT TODAY. Even though I typed that in caps, I'm only half-complaining. I'm vitamin D deficient and don't get enough sun back home!