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  • Feb25

    Move to Brisbane

    February 25 in Australia β‹… β›… 24 Β°C

    I resigned from my job giving a months notice in November - Will got the job offer in December. So, I have spent the last 2 months doing shit all being unemployed waiting for this day.
    It’s actually been really unenjoyable. The not working at a soul-sucking job part is fabulous but everything else is bleh. I have felt very stuck and have just wanted to leave. Waiting is no fun.
    Also the not having a job and therefor no money to do exciting things combined with covid restrictions and most friends working during the day has make me bored. Also a major point to my unhappiness has been living with Jess and Jax. Eternally grateful that they took us, cannot ever thank Jess enough - but have also loathed living there these last 4 months. (There about 10 months all up).
    The amount of back and forth yelling causes me so much stress I can feel my blood pressure lol. I’ve never been able to feel my blood pressure before. Lol.
    Have felt contained to our 2 rooms because I didn’t want to interact for my own mental health.
    (Intention not to whinge but remind self of how delighted I am to be leaving and why. As I said, so genuinely grateful.)

    We had originally planned to move to Brisbane in maybe 12-18 months but after a few answered prayers, Will got the offer and we jumped at it.
    He has secured a 10K pay rise and it will be less work. Hurrah.
    They are also paying for us to move which will savers thousands in the long run. πŸ•ΊπŸ»

    However the big stress for me has been getting there. Originally it was looking very likely that we would have to do 2 week hotel quarantine to get across the border.
    That thankfully got canned and borders opened up.
    I think I could do it myself but I would hate to be in a box with a cranky Will for 2 weeks.
    We also would have had to have paid for someone to trailer my car across the border as we were originally required to fly in.
    Once borders opened our new plan was to drive across the border as usual - until Will got told he had to drive his Ute up, leaving me to be the solo driver of my car. 😬😬😬
    As I have never driven past Gosford, this was unwelcomed news.

    Which leads us to today 25.2.21.

    I had a horrendous nights sleep. Woke up to every noise and leaf russle. πŸ™„
    I woke up with a thumping headache and to a weather forecast of thunderstorms.

    Cue 2 separate cries.
    One to Will as he said goodbye to me and one to Helen.
    I was so worried.
    It was 8 am (an indication of my quality of sleep if I’m up and bright eyed at that hour.)
    And I decided fuck it, try beat the storm.
    Said bye to Bill and Helen - smashed 2 panadols, bought neurofen and big water, had 2 of them and got in my way.

    The first leg to heatherbrae was fine. I get randomly attached to the cars driving with/near me. They become like a security blanket. I don’t like losing them or seeing them turn off the highway.
    I played music stupidly loud but thankful did a very minimal amount of choreography in my head. I had some murder podcasts ready to go but music was passing the time well enough.
    When I got to McDonald’s I cried. I looked over and Imagined/felt God sitting in the seat next to me keeping me safe. Made it. 😭

    NEEDED TO PEE.
    A genuinely sensational wee was had.

    I wasn’t danger tired tired but I was tired, and when I entered settlement city into the gps it was too far away for my mental perseverance to handle so instead I chose a rest stop closer to set the gps to.
    I stopped in to get nana her 4 vegetable pasties at heatherbrae pies and then continued on until I got to the rest stop.
    Got out to stretch my legs and looked up next rest point to get to.
    An hour later I pulled into the next stop and did the same thing except this time I was close enough I could handle how far away port was - still an hour but an hour isn’t as scary.

    Drive drive drive.
    Made it to Port. πŸŽ‰
    I have a tv and laptop in the car and Nana’s garage isn’t available so hopefully they don’t overheat or get stolen. πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ
    Went in to say hi to nana.
    Gave her her pasties and ring box I scored her. She wasted no time putting her ring in 🀣
    (Background story is after we got engaged mum and I drove up to port to show her the ring, she hardly cared about my ring but was beside herself over the light in my ring box and took it so she could look at her own jewelry sparkle in it πŸ˜‚
    So i told her I would try get her one, which I did ☺️)
    I then went and had a 2 hour sleep cause I was exhausted.
    Not much news about the rest of the day, just enjoying hanging out with nana.
    She made delicious cutlets and come veggies for dinner.
    It’s near enough to Easter that I am genuine SHOCKED she hasn’t tried to force feed me hot cross buns.

    I was in the shower and I could hear her yelling for me - I thought she might have fallen or something so I hastily went to her still in my towel.
    She wanted to show me bats. πŸ™„πŸ™„
    Granted, it was very cool, like a migration but don’t use that panic stricken tone 🀣
    She is disappointed I missed the first bit - she said there were millions and from the tail end I did see, millions is likely.

    I’m now in bed. I’ve booked us a hotel in coffs harbor tomorrow - I’ll meet Will there.
    I want to see the big banana.

    26.2.21
    Nana took me to get petrol to refill my car and it only cost $25 she could hardly believe it. “I’ve never heard of such a thing” πŸ˜†
    She gave me another $50 in cash because she felt like I hadn’t spent enough. πŸ˜‚
    To pass time before I left we half talked about her dying.
    I grew balls today and asked “are you ready” and she replied yep. So that will help me when it comes.
    She doesn’t think she is good enough for heaven “i hope he lets me... I reckon he’ll let me in”
    Went on to talk about how she feeds the birds and that is kindness lol.

    Did our goodbyes and I love you’s. I think she loves it. Her face completely lights up when I go to hug her. I don’t think anyone else is overly emotional with her. I said I love you very much and she said basically at the same time I love you SO much.
    I think we both know it can always be the last time. But she doesn’t bother saying with mum or anyone else. Just our thing. 😭😭
    We walked down to the garage and I gave her a final cuddle. She loves it πŸ₯°
    Waved to her from the car and drove off.

    Car had a bloody hissy fit. Air on switched off and started blowing super hot air, music skitzed it, gps shut off and phone wouldn’t connect.
    At least it was a straight line so I wasn’t overly stressed and had time to fix the issue.
    Still I was stressed Will was gonna call me and my car would startle me with a volume level 100 ringtone and make me crash lol.

    Drive was about 2 hours - made it to coffs - met Will at our motel.

    Will did some work - sent emails and stuff.

    We then went to the big banana and got the token photo.
    We then went to the local shopping centre for food. Lots and lots of shop options.

    Just hung out at the motel and organized 3 house inspections for Tuesday.

    Currently watching friends. Will sleeping.

    One of the motel rules is confusing. The microwave is for heating and NOT for cooking.
    ...Wot.

    Not loving the random noises I can hear outside. Feeling very close to other guests.

    27.2.21

    Will never woke back up last night so he was better rested than I. He had a solid 15 hours give it take. Lucky bastard.
    I felt ok though.
    Psyched myself out again though and needed a hug before we got on our way.

    I saw 2 WILD emus. Bonkers. Like obviously they are a native wild bird but it also never occurred to me.... πŸ˜…πŸ˜… Especially to be near a highway.
    Will saw them too.
    I was so Intrigued when I looked back down I had somehow got up to 130km/ph.
    Then started to have an argument in my head about the pronunciation with an American.
    Then started practicing the conversation I’d have with the police officer when I got pulled over for speeding.

    Honestly a miracle I am alive and writing this.

    Stopped in at first rest stop but didn’t get out. Just changed gps to new location. Still doing the hour by hour thing for mental strength.

    Did get out at Ballina service stop to get petrol then kept driving.
    Didn’t mind today’s drive - this half is way more beautiful that the drive to port.
    I did however mind the last hour.

    Crossed over into QLD (got somewhat emotional) as then hit the traffic.
    Fuck off QLD.
    Suddenly on 5 lane highways where no one is doin the whole “keep left unless overtaking thing”
    To difficult to explain scenarios but long story short there roads made me so stressed and mad.
    WHY IS THERE AN L PLATER IN THE RIGHT HAND LANE ON A 6 LANE HIGHWAY.
    Constantly in the wrong lane which is normally ok but NOT HERE. Being in the wrong lane can mean you are 4 lanes away from where you need to be and have 5 seconds to to fix the problem.
    Also no one lets you in OR thanks you if you let them in.

    This is just the start of a stressful self discovery journey I’m sure. πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„

    MADE IT.
    No parking on street and someone in our garage spot. 😬
    So we took minimal bags inside.
    Blah blah - we went to the closest woolies which happened to be in the cbd... and cost us $16 for parking hahaha youuuu beaaauuutyyyy
    Fuck off lol.
    Bought like $200 worth off food so I can avoid having to drive for a few days. Will definitely be going to a different woolies next time lol.
    From what I have seen Brisbane cbd is a lovely area.
    Back at bnb and I set up the apartment- we left a note on the car in the garage in our spot and when we got back thankfully it was gone so we were able to take the tv and remaining stuff in my car up.
    The evening adventures included cooking some vegetables (loving pumpkin and onion atm)
    Then there was a fire alarm but it sounded like next door until suddenly... nope... definitely is not next door haha.
    No fucks were given by Will. I made him evacuate though.
    We are level 8 so had to take a few flights of stairs down where heaps of people were waiting outside. Fire engine there but gave us the all clear so back up we went.

    I have spoken to more building residents today/members of public than I have spoken to in Sydney in last month lol. Bunch of Chatty Cathy’s.

    ——————————————-

    I’d like to take this moment to complain about how many double round abouts there were on the way to get here.

    Apartment view is lovely.

    I actually beat Will to Brisbane which surprised everyone. No one more than me 🀣
    He got out and had food while I just went through the drive through at ballina.

    Said bye to mum and dad 24.2.21. Cried and said I love you to both. Didn’t cry when going to Europe, but our current intentions is that this is permanent making it a bigger deal.
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  • Jan29

    Engagement

    January 29 in Australia β‹… 🌧 22 Β°C

    So up until today I have had suspicions.
    Clues:
    -Date night was to a surprise location.
    -We were at Adam Webber’s house the other day I went outside and Adam shushed Will to be quiet. What can’t I know about?? (Adam currently has ring possession- he showed us on NYE so I figured it could be relevant)
    - He was measuring my ring finger against his fingers for size comparison.
    - We moving to QLD - might want to ask so we can celebrate with family before we leave.
    - He got weirdly upset when I said I had packed all m nice clothes and asked what I was gonna wear to date night.
    - He sent me a picture of a ring asking my opinion.
    - He told me I had to be available the day after date night. I thought maybe to tell our families.
    - Told me to look nice.
    - we simply do not do big DATE NIGHT often enough to not be suspicious.

    Spent the day trying to talk myself out of it. I spent 2 hours in the bath giving myself a pep talk. Did not want to end up being disappointed.

    We went to meat and wine Co in the city. We had a delicious starter plate, steaks with amazing mushroom sauce and drinks.

    I had noted he didn’t have bump in his pocket or wallet earlier so at the resturant I was arguing with myself in my head while trying to remain calm and tell myself it wasn’t happening this particular night. He kept using language indicative that we were going home.

    We then went for a walk to get drinks. Honestly if I hadn’t had suspicions I really could have foiled these plans. Getting drinks hardly interests me. Giving him more opportunities to ask does πŸ˜‚

    CONSTANTLY telling myself to calm down and that it was okay if he didnt ask.

    He then arrived at a door and he said “I also got a hotel room”
    CUE PROPER PANIC.
    when we got to our room and I did a walk around and saw his sports bag already there I was so so so excited. BREATH ANGHARAD.
    We went out on the balcony to look at a wonderful harbor bridge view. When we came back inside he said “this is to say Thankyou for coming to Brisbane with me”

    AND THEN BE GOT DOWN ONE ONE KNEE AND ASKED “ and....WILL YOU MARRY ME”.

    And I believe my response was “I will.” I may have said yes too. I can’t remember I was too busy being delighted that he was asking and noticing if he was on his knee.
    And cue ugly crying.
    I don’t think we kissed. I cling to him like a life boat weeping.

    The ring is perfect.

    I’m fucking delighted.

    BIG SPENDER TONIGHT.
    First of all he tipped $30 at dinner wtf 🀣
    Our hotel is in circular quay. With a harbor bridge view with like a full kitchen and spa bath.

    The ring cost $5500 - Ludicrous.

    Had a bottle of moet prepared and 2 glasses waiting.

    We had a spa bath together πŸ™Š

    I FaceTimed Em and Ash. I went to call mum but decided to wait until tomorrow.

    Will said he has been keeping the ring at work. Checked in earlier today and dropped off his stuff. He remembered to pack me some clothes :) everything except a bra so I’ll be bouncing tomorrow hahaa.
    He also went to mum and dads house because he knew dad could only keep a secret for an hour max but neither were home so he didn’t ask. I dont mind. I’m just happy the surprise wasn’t ruined.
    Will said he asked mum for Lylas ring when we visited Nana over Christmas. He didn’t end up using it because it was poor quality but he got it cleaned for me and gave it back. I’m gonna maybe back earrings or a necklace.
    He also gave me a certificate of authenticity - ring also has his initials carved into it ❀️

    I’m so happy. It’s surreal. I have a fiancé wtf haha

    Classic Will doesn’t want to take photos though πŸ™„
    He has promised tomorrow. :)

    Can’t wait to tell Nana.

    30.1.21
    Had breakfast at city extra. Wore my ring πŸ™Š it’s a little big so I’ll need to resize.
    We caught an Uber home then headed to the Pickering’s house. Jess had spoilt the surprise because she got suspicious about date night too lol. So yeah Helen basically yelled I knew it!!
    Helen and Bill seemed genuinely happy.
    We then went to mum and dads. I walked in the door and mum was like show me show me show me.
    Told dad. He seemed a little startled. More time passed the happier he for about the situation.
    Nana happened to call so I told her. She was very happy and made a lovely high pitched noise and asks how he did it. Said it made her day.
    I can imagine her giddiness after she hung up.
    We then went back to Pickering’s to tell Jess but se wasn’t there yet so we called grandma.
    It went along the lines of
    “Grandma, I proposed to Harry last night?”
    “Huh.. what did you say??” 🀦🏼‍β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸΌ‍β™€οΈπŸ€£
    She was delighted too.
    Went home and eventually Jess arrived.
    Flashed her my ring. She screamed I knew it and half crash tackle hugged me and cried. She often referred to me as a sister which warms my heart; I love it. I always act super awkward when it comes up though. Haha.

    Told Sonali privately and had a phone chat with her before I made my Facebook announcement:)

    We then had family dinner. Jess had gone and bought us a happy engagement banner and flower balloons (they looked like big pink anus’
    We had a delicious Chinese dinner.
    Dad bought 2 bottles of expensive champagne and we all toasted. Bill did his usual speech and dad did a quick one too. Dads happiness made me teary.
    For once in his life Jaxon was so well behaved. πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

    So giddy.
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  • Oct22

    Adelaide

    October 22, 2020 in Australia β‹… ☁️ 20 Β°C

    Day 1.

    Corona virus is still in full swing so South Australia is the only border open to NSW that doesn’t involve the 14 days quarantine so it was the only travel option (actually I think NT might be open too) I’m still excited though. I’m keen to just walk around and see it properly. Last time when I went for diving I saw airport, pool, airport.
    Will couldn’t get time off work but they released cheap flights and I jumped at them. Keen to go ANYWHERE.

    The airport was so quiet. Only 15 or so flights for the day. 90% of shops shut.

    So many odd balls on my plane.
    I was at the gate and some lady went up to the counter and was like “so, where do you want me to wait”
    And the jetstar lady just looked at her like????????? in one of the 100 chairs available. Are you expecting some vip experience?? Lol

    They made loads of social distancing announcement but then the plane was full?? I had a middle seat booo.
    I laughed out loud at the safety demo. They added as an after thought at the end “if oxygen is required, you will need to remove your mask before putting on your oxygen mask”
    Like fucking duh.
    Literally no faith in humanity 🀣

    Also the chick doing the safety demo was SO OUT OF TIME. It was like she is deaf and they were playing a different audio and she didn’t know.
    Doing the life jacket during the seatbelt bit??

    Arrived safe but had horrid turbulence.
    SO MANY CHILDREN ON BOARD. There was this one group I wanted to murder though. They weren’t seated together and kept YELLING for/at each other “ TONY, TONY, HEY TONY” all freaking flight. Fk off. They were about 10. Old enough to have their shit together.

    Once we arrived we had to show our border crossing requests which I had done a few days ago so I got through pretty quickly.
    I have no restrictions ✌🏼

    I ordered an Uber to take me to my hotel. My driver was a chatter. πŸ™„ he was lovely but he was talking politics and I ceebs lol. And it was like a 20 min drive.
    First impressions are that Adelaide is spacious, green and clean.

    Check in was simple, went upstairs and rested a bit while I charged my phone.

    I then went looking for dinner. Saw some dude doing some graffiti but it was middle of the day on a sort or mural bridge so maybe legal.
    I eventually found Hindley street and I Loved the vibe!! It’s like Melbourne but without the arrogance lol.
    So many food spots, bars and chill places. I ended up at a Thai place called the lunchbox it was average but they gave me complimentary chicken wings haha.
    I then decided I wanted ice cream and looked for a place near by. I found a spot called 48 flavors that did peanut butter ice cream so I walked the 4km round journey to get it lol.

    Adelaide is beautiful wtf. It’s seriously gorgeous. The people are a little odd though. I feel like there are a lot of questionable characters down side streets and just I suppose drunk vibing people.
    A lot more aboriginals and Africans here too.
    Lots of face piercings as well.
    My ice cream chick was so passionate. She made n sample some and talked about the production and her opinions etc.
    I ended up with a half scoop of peanut butter and a half scoop of raspberry sorbet which went lovely together. I figure kind of like a P&J sandwich. I walked my way back to the hotel. I think I feel less safe here. I’ll have to wait see if the odd people are because I’m in city centre or all of Adelaide lol. Time will tell.

    Walked past this 12 year old saying “I’m not gonna sleep with him on my birthday”
    Uuuuhhhhmmm. Go home little girl, where are your parents wtf.

    The older buildings like court house and post office are beautiful sandstone.

    Things I have noticed today are that their smoking laws are less restricted, there are a lot of kink shops, and I keep running into people. Do they not follow the walk on the left rule here? cause I have genuinely pissed a few people off lol.
    Walked back to the hotel, watched some tv , smelt myself then realized I needed toothpaste and deodorant ha.
    Went to get that.
    I’m keen to look around tomorrow, I just vomited up my dinner in the shower though and it’s a knob you can’t move so I’ve had to scoop it down the drain with my hand 😭😭🀒
    How good is reflux.
    Bed timeee :)

    Day 2.

    Great sleep in the nude. Didn’t bring enough cloths to smell up the ones I have haha
    Woke at 9, showered and headed to the zoo. It was forecast as 90% chance of rain so I put on my rain jacket.
    It was a decent walk but easy enough.
    The zoo was awesome. Way bigger than I expected and I saw animals I hadn’t seen/don’t see often ie not In Taronga. I saw otters, capybara, panda, cerval, Mandrill and an albino meerkat.
    Lots of school groups and mum groups.
    I really enjoyed myself.

    I then went over to the botanical gardens next door. A lot of it was untamed mess/beauty but I loved the rose garden and lily pads. Just a lovely lush green area.

    It was nearly 1pm by now and I still hadn’t eaten cause zoo shop was shut (the eatery - I bought 2 tea towels at the gift shop Lol)
    I walked to the dumpling king for lunch and ?? I expected to have dumpling because, well, the shop name? But they only have plain pork dumplings and then 45 other types of foods.
    Odd name choice. Very misleading. I still ate there cause I had bothered to walk so far but it was eh.
    Walked back to the hotel and am currently charging my phone before I go back out - I’ve taken a lot of pics today haha.
    Will called before, he is busy at work. Just called to check in :)
    It is yet to rain.

    I decided to catch an Uber to the Himeji gardens which were about 3km away. The sky looked suspicious and I didn’t want to get caught in the rain.
    Cost me $10 so that was fine. My driver was so confused by me though πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ he didn’t understand why I was by myself in Adelaide for 2 days “that is very strange” he said to me several times. Unsure if cause I’m a solo female (he was Indian and had been in Aus less than a year and that time has been covid so probs haven’t come across solo travelled yet), because Adelaide is unexciting in his view, or became my trip was so short.
    Maybe all the reasons hahah. He was lovely though.
    He dropped me off and I walked straight in. The gardens were lovely but smaller than I expected. I sat on a rock and though about God and creation for a while. ❀️
    I love Chinese and Japanese gardens. Their trees are just so much cooler lol.
    I then decided to get a DiDi to Rundle mall cause it would cost me all of $3.50
    I just walked Down the strip and popped until a few shops.
    So many goth teens. Why are 75% overweight? You do you babes but are the fishnets over your stomachs reaaaaally your best outfit option?
    There was a cool statue of a pig eating out of a bin.

    I saw an add for the graham norton show so that’s my evening plans. I decided to get a bottle of wine and do a face mask for after dinner. I walked past a homeless man near my hotel and did the whole awkward smile thing for the 5th time but thistime he asked if I had change. I said I didn’t and walked on but after I had bought my wine I decided to get out $20 and walk back to give to him. At the time he was talking to another lady so when I handed it to him I don’t think he really registered but I heard the other lady say “see” and then yell Thankyou after me as I walked away.
    Even if he buys booze. There was me holding a bottle of wine. Who am I to talk lol.
    I’ll never forget the guy I gave $2 to as a child, who nearly cried as he thanked me and immediately went to buy food.
    I feel good about my good deed. :)
    He had a bongo with him but had the skills of a 4 year old. Just banging it and seeing what sound it makes lol.

    I’m not in my hotel room writing this to get it out of the way before my relaxing evening.
    I still have to decide my itinerary for tomorrow.

    I went out to dinner at an Italian Resturant. I got sat opposite a man who kept staring at me and taking to me. Lovely but my anxiety kicked in so I stuffed my face then got the remainder to go.

    Day 3.
    I don’t know if it’s bed bugs or mozzies but I am itchyyyy. I have 4 HUGE bites. Like 5c coins and one that’s even bigger.
    I was so paranoid when trying to sleep.
    Anyways I got up and was ready to go by 9:30.
    I ordered a DiDi to take me to waterfall gully. Another chatty driver but this one I couldn’t understand. I said pardon at least 8 times but I don’t think he could understand me either.
    I decided to get a bottle of water and eat brekky at the Resturant down the bottom THANK GOD because I then started walking and fuck me 🀣 it just went up and up.
    It was a nice walk but very generic bush. I wasn’t blown away or anything but still a nice place to be.
    By the end of this walk my Fitbit recorded 145 flights of stairs πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    I saw a brown nosed bandicoot.
    I was walking with the same people and I learnt on girl was ON A FIRST DATE and she had no idea where he had gone and she was fucking feral about it 🀣🀣🀣 what a total wank. Just kept walking without her hahaha.
    The look out was nice, again nothing jaw dropping but I still had a really lovely time.
    The walk back down was hard in a different way. My left knee fucked up just like it did during EBC on the way down. It was so steep I was so shakey.
    The waterfall at the base is nice.
    I then got an Uber to Glenelg beach. Helen recommended it and the i suppose “main” strip was very manly vibe and lovely but the beach was shit lol.
    ALSO I was looking for something to do so I was like ok I’ll eat some chips on the beach.
    DIDNT DO CHICKEN SALT?? What unaussie BS is this.
    I bought them anyway but they were terrible so I fed them to 200 seagulls. They were very enthusiastic and stalked me afterwards. Lol
    I found a cold rock which I was pumped about so I got me some delicious ice cream.
    Phone was dying, it was quite cold so I decided so just go wait at the airport.
    I did my usual browse in the bookshop, am now writing this and will board in 30 mins.

    Overall I had a fabulous time!
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  • Oct22

    Adelaide

    October 22, 2020 in Australia β‹… ☁️ 20 Β°C

    Day 1.

    Corona virus is still in full swing so South Australia is the only border open to NSW that doesn’t involve the 14 days quarantine so it was the only travel option (actually I think NT might be open too) I’m still excited though. I’m keen to just walk around and see it properly. Last time when I went for diving I saw airport, pool, airport.
    Will couldn’t get time off work but they released cheap flights and I jumped at them. Keen to go ANYWHERE.

    The airport was so quiet. Only 15 or so flights for the day. 90% of shops shut.

    So many odd balls on my plane.
    I was at the gate and some lady went up to the counter and was like “so, where do you want me to wait”
    And the jetstar lady just looked at her like????????? in one of the 100 chairs available. Are you expecting some vip experience?? Lol

    They made loads of social distancing announcement but then the plane was full?? I had a middle seat booo.
    I laughed out loud at the safety demo. They added as an after thought at the end “if oxygen is required, you will need to remove your mask before putting on your oxygen mask”
    Like fucking duh.
    Literally no faith in humanity 🀣

    Also the chick doing the safety demo was SO OUT OF TIME. It was like she is deaf and they were playing a different audio and she didn’t know.
    Doing the life jacket during the seatbelt bit??

    Arrived safe but had horrid turbulence.
    SO MANY CHILDREN ON BOARD. There was this one group I wanted to murder though. They weren’t seated together and kept YELLING for/at each other “ TONY, TONY, HEY TONY” all freaking flight. Fk off. They were about 10. Old enough to have their shit together.

    Once we arrived we had to show our border crossing requests which I had done a few days ago so I got through pretty quickly.
    I have no restrictions ✌🏼

    I ordered an Uber to take me to my hotel. My driver was a chatter. πŸ™„ he was lovely but he was talking politics and I ceebs lol. And it was like a 20 min drive.
    First impressions are that Adelaide is spacious, green and clean.

    Check in was simple, went upstairs and rested a bit while I charged my phone.

    I then went looking for dinner. Saw some dude doing some graffiti but it was middle of the day on a sort or mural bridge so maybe legal.
    I eventually found Hindley street and I Loved the vibe!! It’s like Melbourne but without the arrogance lol.
    So many food spots, bars and chill places. I ended up at a Thai place called the lunchbox it was average but they gave me complimentary chicken wings haha.
    I then decided I wanted ice cream and looked for a place near by. I found a spot called 48 flavors that did peanut butter ice cream so I walked the 4km round journey to get it lol.

    Adelaide is beautiful wtf. It’s seriously gorgeous. The people are a little odd though. I feel like there are a lot of questionable characters down side streets and just I suppose drunk vibing people.
    A lot more aboriginals and Africans here too.
    Lots of face piercings as well.
    My ice cream chick was so passionate. She made n sample some and talked about the production and her opinions etc.
    I ended up with a half scoop of peanut butter and a half scoop of raspberry sorbet which went lovely together. I figure kind of like a P&J sandwich. I walked my way back to the hotel. I think I feel less safe here. I’ll have to wait see if the odd people are because I’m in city centre or all of Adelaide lol. Time will tell.

    Walked past this 12 year old saying “I’m not gonna sleep with him on my birthday”
    Uuuuhhhhmmm. Go home little girl, where are your parents wtf.

    The older buildings like court house and post office are beautiful sandstone.

    Things I have noticed today are that their smoking laws are less restricted, there are a lot of kink shops, and I keep running into people. Do they not follow the walk on the left rule here? cause I have genuinely pissed a few people off lol.
    Walked back to the hotel, watched some tv , smelt myself then realized I needed toothpaste and deodorant ha.
    Went to get that.
    I’m keen to look around tomorrow, I just vomited up my dinner in the shower though and it’s a knob you can’t move so I’ve had to scoop it down the drain with my hand 😭😭🀒
    How good is reflux.
    Bed timeee :)

    Day 2.

    Great sleep in the nude. Didn’t bring enough cloths to smell up the ones I have haha
    Woke at 9, showered and headed to the zoo. It was forecast as 90% chance of rain so I put on my rain jacket.
    It was a decent walk but easy enough.
    The zoo was awesome. Way bigger than I expected and I saw animals I hadn’t seen/don’t see often ie not In Taronga. I saw otters, capybara, panda, cerval, Mandrill and an albino meerkat.
    Lots of school groups and mum groups.
    I really enjoyed myself.

    I then went over to the botanical gardens next door. A lot of it was untamed mess/beauty but I loved the rose garden and lily pads. Just a lovely lush green area.

    It was nearly 1pm by now and I still hadn’t eaten cause zoo shop was shut (the eatery - I bought 2 tea towels at the gift shop Lol)
    I walked to the dumpling king for lunch and ?? I expected to have dumpling because, well, the shop name? But they only have plain pork dumplings and then 45 other types of foods.
    Odd name choice. Very misleading. I still ate there cause I had bothered to walk so far but it was eh.
    Walked back to the hotel and am currently charging my phone before I go back out - I’ve taken a lot of pics today haha.
    Will called before, he is busy at work. Just called to check in :)
    It is yet to rain.

    I decided to catch an Uber to the Himeji gardens which were about 3km away. The sky looked suspicious and I didn’t want to get caught in the rain.
    Cost me $10 so that was fine. My driver was so confused by me though πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ he didn’t understand why I was by myself in Adelaide for 2 days “that is very strange” he said to me several times. Unsure if cause I’m a solo female (he was Indian and had been in Aus less than a year and that time has been covid so probs haven’t come across solo travelled yet), because Adelaide is unexciting in his view, or became my trip was so short.
    Maybe all the reasons hahah. He was lovely though.
    He dropped me off and I walked straight in. The gardens were lovely but smaller than I expected. I sat on a rock and though about God and creation for a while. ❀️
    I love Chinese and Japanese gardens. Their trees are just so much cooler lol.
    I then decided to get a DiDi to Rundle mall cause it would cost me all of $3.50
    I just walked Down the strip and popped until a few shops.
    So many goth teens. Why are 75% overweight? You do you babes but are the fishnets over your stomachs reaaaaally your best outfit option?
    There was a cool statue of a pig eating out of a bin.

    I saw an add for the graham norton show so that’s my evening plans. I decided to get a bottle of wine and do a face mask for after dinner. I walked past a homeless man near my hotel and did the whole awkward smile thing for the 5th time but thistime he asked if I had change. I said I didn’t and walked on but after I had bought my wine I decided to get out $20 and walk back to give to him. At the time he was talking to another lady so when I handed it to him I don’t think he really registered but I heard the other lady say “see” and then yell Thankyou after me as I walked away.
    Even if he buys booze. There was me holding a bottle of wine. Who am I to talk lol.
    I’ll never forget the guy I gave $2 to as a child, who nearly cried as he thanked me and immediately went to buy food.
    I feel good about my good deed. :)
    He had a bongo with him but had the skills of a 4 year old. Just banging it and seeing what sound it makes lol.

    I’m not in my hotel room writing this to get it out of the way before my relaxing evening.
    I still have to decide my itinerary for tomorrow.

    I went out to dinner at an Italian Resturant. I got sat opposite a man who kept staring at me and taking to me. Lovely but my anxiety kicked in so I stuffed my face then got the remainder to go.

    Day 3.
    I don’t know if it’s bed bugs or mozzies but I am itchyyyy. I have 4 HUGE bites. Like 5c coins and one that’s even bigger.
    I was so paranoid when trying to sleep.
    Anyways I got up and was ready to go by 9:30.
    I ordered a DiDi to take me to waterfall gully. Another chatty driver but this one I couldn’t understand. I said pardon at least 8 times but I don’t think he could understand me either.
    I decided to get a bottle of water and eat brekky at the Resturant down the bottom THANK GOD because I then started walking and fuck me 🀣 it just went up and up.
    It was a nice walk but very generic bush. I wasn’t blown away or anything but still a nice place to be.
    By the end of this walk my Fitbit recorded 145 flights of stairs πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    I saw a brown nosed bandicoot.
    I was walking with the same people and I learnt on girl was ON A FIRST DATE and she had no idea where he had gone and she was fucking feral about it 🀣🀣🀣 what a total wank. Just kept walking without her hahaha.
    The look out was nice, again nothing jaw dropping but I still had a really lovely time.
    The walk back down was hard in a different way. My left knee fucked up just like it did during EBC on the way down. It was so steep I was so shakey.
    The waterfall at the base is nice.
    I then got an Uber to Glenelg beach. Helen recommended it and the i suppose “main” strip was very manly vibe and lovely but the beach was shit lol.
    ALSO I was looking for something to do so I was like ok I’ll eat some chips on the beach.
    DIDNT DO CHICKEN SALT?? What unaussie BS is this.
    I bought them anyway but they were terrible so I fed them to 200 seagulls. They were very enthusiastic and stalked me afterwards. Lol
    I found a cold rock which I was pumped about so I got me some delicious ice cream.
    Phone was dying, it was quite cold so I decided so just go wait at the airport.
    I did my usual browse in the bookshop, am now writing this and will board in 30 mins.

    Overall I had a fabulous time!
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  • Sep28

    Skydiving

    September 28, 2020 in Australia β‹… β˜€οΈ 19 Β°C

    It got cancelled the first time around so this was attempt number 2 and I was so scared.
    When we arrived we had to register and I chose to pay an extra $30 for personal insurance in case of death lol. πŸ˜…
    I felt the info provided before getting in the plane was very rushed and unguided. Didn’t go up feeling overly confident.

    We jammed about 15 people into this tiny plane everyone straddling each other. I felt ok at the start but as we climbed higher and higher I began shaking and focusing on my breathing.
    The people in the middle of the plane on the floor jumped out first. Mick was in front of me so then he went.
    We had to butt slide to the plane opening.
    Thank goodness I had to sit on the edge and dangle my legs over I don’t think I could have stood.
    As we leant over I though ok here we go we are doing it.
    My main memory of what I could see is “I see trees”.

    What occupied all my thoughts on the free fall was that I was so cold, I was too cold. and that my ears hurt.
    It was kinda like the pressure when scuba diving and this major STINGING sensation.
    Once falling I wasn’t scared I was just wanting it to end because of how uncomfortable I was.
    The free fall wasn’t tummy falling at all. It almost fet like I was on a windy boat. I was aware the floor was getting closer and that I was falling but the sensation wasn’t some mad adrenaline rush as I expected.
    My dumb ass didn’t realise my dude was trying to prompt me to smile for a picture and not asking if i was ok. I just kept nodding hahah

    I wasn’t scared when falling I was honestly so focused on how uncomfortable I was. I was tensed just waiting for it to be over that I forgot about the parachute. It wasn’t until after it went up i was like oh yeah. Hurray it worked haha.

    Once the parachute open I immediately felt dizzy.
    I told the dude I though was gonna vomit and he respomded “.....I’d prefer if you didn’t” hahahaha

    I then did a vomit over myself and was in and out of consciousness the rest of the way down. He was trying to keep me awake. I remember him being like 3 minutes to go. 2 minutes to go.
    He tried to get me to raise my legs but I couldn’t do it.

    I was awake for landing thank goodness. I lowered my legs too early though so I landed in splits. He freaked out but I was like no all good I bend this way it’s fine 🀣

    I had to go rinse my jumpsuit and leave it on the lawn. Lol.

    Don’t need to do it again. I honestly don’t even remember the falling part, just the cold.

    But I did it so I am proud of myself.
    Another tick for the bucket list. πŸ’ͺ🏻
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  • Sep26

    Drinks

    September 26, 2020 in Australia β‹… β˜€οΈ 15 Β°C

    Girls night started with $30 margarita sliders. Amazingggg.

    Went to scary canary where Will joined us.
    Drank lots.
    Em the drunk bitch vomited over our table then got naked in the bathroom as she dried her shirt wtb the hand dryer.
    To nobodies suprise we got kicked out lol.
    We then went to bungalow 8 having a few “shots to go” the way at clubs that were already at capacity.

    I had a fantastic night. Just happiness and silliness with good friends.
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  • Aug8

    Bnb getaway

    August 8, 2020 in Australia β‹… 🌧 12 Β°C

    Wonderful weekend away.
    We snuggled by the fire, ate bad food, walked around the property looking for wild flowers, watched movies, played Yahtzee and drank wine.

    I did step on a frog though which was pretty upsetting lol.
    It definitely has a terminal headache- I had gelatin on my foot afterward. BIG YUCK.

    It POURED as well. I loved listening to it. The whole south coast flooded.
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  • Day6

    Day 6

    March 7, 2020 in Cambodia β‹… β˜€οΈ 33 Β°C

    A great sleep πŸ™ƒ
    Met in the breakfast room. Gonna miss the mango. Saaaa guuuuuud.
    I think all passion fruit is giving me super water poos hahah
    We went up and sat by the pool for a while. Em messaged saying her deda died overnight so I was talking to her - the boys went swimming.
    We went to lunch at a burger place. Joey is such a nervous nelly. Every guideline is a law and if disobeyed a jailsble offense. Chilaxxxx.
    I got a kids meal because I couldn’t help but noticed he icecreamery next door πŸ€—
    Two scoops of heaven.

    I don’t know if I had a nap now or not or if we were only at the hotel for a short while... either way we went off the the royal palace. Went with our favorite tuk tuk driver dude.
    The palace was $10 each. I think this is the only place that can justify that price based on that there’s many things within the walls.
    First their was the palace I remembered. We could look inside but couldn’t take photos. It looked kind of like a hallway with a throne at the end. My highlight was, as it often is, the ceiling. The paintings are always breathtaking.
    There were lots of mini buildings with the same palace roof tiling vibes. Couldn’t go in them though. We walked through the complex past beautiful wall paintings, a mini Ankor Wat, and intricate gray stupas I think you’d call them. I love the carvings. We found 2 cats. All the cats here have fucked up half missing tails. It’s very odd. Almost to the point is it genetic? You can’t ALL have been abused?
    We went up this garden spiral thing to find a Buddha shrine. Joey is loving this place. He has become just a mellow, guy. Love a good meditation.
    We then found the place of the emerald Buddha. Couldn’t take pics but it was cool. Not super large but still cool.
    We went out and I found a cat friend and this was essentially the highlight of my day....
    I was just chatting to the cat and it walked inside a side museum thing and jumped onto an artifact an just began angrily meowing at me.
    Get off
    MEOW
    that’s a 1000 years old, we gonna get it trouble
    MEOW
    Get off
    MEOW

    Hilarious.
    Sitting next to big bold lettered DO NOT TOUCH signs πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    There was also a section that had lots of past Kings thrones - carry seats.

    We finished and went looking for our driver cause he agreed to wait for us. Couldn’t find him so we assumed he must have gone to get a drink so we just sat around and waited. The sun was piercing today.
    He eventually turned up and he drove us to a temple - Wat Phnom.
    Joey paid for our entry cause he was the one that desperately wanted to come. Entry was only $1 but the gesture was appreciated.
    I liked inside. The main highlight for me with this tells was watching people put makeup on a Buddha statue. I asked a guy nearby if he spoke English because I wanted to know why but he said he didn’t. After several google searches I still do not know why.
    But yeah, I watched 2 different people apply eyeliner, lipstick, powder, perfume, pretend to brush its hair, put a phone up to its ear and put a watch on its wrist etc.
    Very interesting.

    We drove back to the hotel and I think I had a another sleep.

    We went out to dinner at a place we know did interesting food.
    Stephen came too.
    For entree we got served tarantula, mini frogs and crickets.
    Everyone was very adventurous.
    Tom and Joey at a while spider. Me and Will ate a leg.
    Tom, Will and Joey ate the crickets and frogs.
    I ate a whole cricket and that was enough for me.
    Look it didn’t taste that bad. I wasn’t immediately repulsed by the flavor but when I though about it bing a cricket I started to gag.
    But I did it. Hurrah.
    The rest of the food was average but I’d rate the place high for novelty alone.
    Back to the hotel and our lazy asses have decided to pack tomorrow instead.

    Tom had 2 major dilemmas today.
    1. He lost his stupid Gucci man bag which had his wallet in it. I am the hero of this story and found it under his suitcase after he had already checked everywhere and was mid heart attack.
    2. The other dilemma was his safe failed and locked him out but it had his and Wills passport in it :)
    That all got sorted - lucky!

    8.3.20.
    Just the usual checkout business and Tuk tuk to the airport.
    Sabdys dad got involved with our check in cause the bobbins were on our flight too.
    The corruption is disgusting.
    We got fast tracked through check in then he took our passports and disappeared somewhere. Came back and our passports had been stamped and we were right to go. Didn’t check our photos...
    We also didn’t need to remove our shoes like every other person in the airport had to.
    I’m not into it.
    So corrupt.

    Bought my magnet and flew home. πŸ’•
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  • Day5

    Day 5

    March 6, 2020 in Cambodia β‹… β›… 33 Β°C

    Up at 4. This is going to be a looonnng day.
    Decided not to do my makeup and wore my hair out - clean cause I washed it last night.
    Wore me new nana dress and headed downstairs. We were the first ones there. Our taxi was $15.
    Sabdy’s parents live in a gated community. We were met last the guards and at the end of the street was an extravagant tent joining to the side of her house.
    Inside was fucked. What an extravaganza.
    Pictures don’t do justice but do a better job at retelling what it looked like. Lots of tables set up and then foods and gold. Gold everything.
    We went into Sabdys house and got told we could have our hair and make up done so that works out well lol.
    Lots of waiting around. They asked if I wanted straight or curly. I said straight and feel u got rippedoff because everyone got an up doo. I just got my hair straightened haha.
    My make up was far more natural than everyone else’s.
    The groomsmen outfits are hilariously. Tom looks like a bellboy.
    They had a waffle truck for breakfast.
    The tent was airconned.

    So I’ve actually lost track off what happened today cause it was just the most out roof days but it went something like this...
    We got given gifts to walk down the street with. Normally it would be from the groom to the brides house but as bobbin doesn’t live here we walked down the road, lined up then walked back again. Lol. I was carrying this pyramid package that because very heavy after a while. The bestmen has umbrellas held over bobbins head. People played music as we (Nessa and I) walked.
    We gave our presents over to people then found a seat. We then got told to sit at the top of the tent where all the action was to take place and important people sat.
    All white people must be family. Duh. πŸ˜‚
    Boy did we regret this.
    No English translations. No sight of Bobbin or Sabdy. I have no idea what the crap was going on. Lots of bowing.
    People filled bowls with food.
    That part eventually ended and we ran away.

    Some government person came. Deputy prime minster I believe. Lots of photos.
    I cannot believe the amount of costume changes of mother of the bride and bride. Over 10 each at least.

    There was a hair cutting ceremony that took a billion years. People pretending to cut the bride and grooms hair.
    The best part about this was that it was all pretend but they still showed them the “results” with a gold mirror like they do at the salon.
    “Does it look ok?” πŸ˜‚

    This is where I stopped paying attention but I know there was a lot of chanting, people touched bride and groom on the head with roses and threw spaghetti flower stuff onto them and gave them red envelopes with money.
    Also some Bow-y pray thing with candles

    I think there was a ring exchange at the beginning.. πŸ˜…

    There was a coffee cart with free drinks like ice tea and frappes.
    Insane.

    This tent is honestly something else.
    Chandeliers on the ceiling.

    We were starving. It was 11:30 by now and the tumm pains had arrived.
    Eventually got fed but they have a fucked up rule thy if you’re table isn’t full they won’t bring you food.
    Lots of fish with bones hiding.
    Chicken head that no one ate.
    We sat next to a Norwegian Mum and daughter. The Mum though Will was flat out hilarious. She also insisted sheep head is delicious. No thanks.
    At the reception later on the daughter was like thanks so much for being so nice to my mum she rang my dad to tell him about you guys ❀️❀️❀️

    Decided to go home for a nap cause it was such a long intermission.
    Our tuk tuk driver didn’t know where to go but we got there lol. I like the tuk tuk community, they help each other out, they give each other direction and help break bank notes for each other. It’s really nice. All in it together.
    What a wonderful nap we had. It felt like a deep sleep. Both just passed out for 2 hours.
    I got up and redid my makeup and decided to rock a ponytail.
    My dress is way too long but I’ll manage.

    Got ready tuk tuk there with our driver friend who camps out the front of the hotel. Cost us $7. More than reasonable. About $1 per km.

    We HAD to be there by 5. No idea why. Guests started to arrive 6:30 πŸ™„

    This was the most impersonal load of shit we have ever experienced.
    So the food rule came back into play. They wouldn’t feed us until we could get randoms to join our table.
    The father did a speech and not a single person out of the 700 guests stop to listen.
    We were all shocked by the rudeness.
    The whole thing was so inpersonal I couldn’t believe it. It was just a chance to flash your money as nothing else.

    The 2 dads did a speech and Bobbins dad obviously did his in English - only English of the day - and it was very political as if he was being made to say it. It was all about combining our two great countries.
    Almost like there were some behind the scenes political crap about trying to justify why it was ok that Sabdy was marrying a white boy.

    Groomsman had to stand out the front and meet every guest. It took 3 hours and they were FERAL.
    Everyone is so pissed about the lack of forewarning and getting in trouble for things that weren’t specified.
    For instance Stephen got in big trouble for his suit. Now while stupid looking, no one said he had to wear a certain color.
    When we arrived we went in but actually lead so we could renter and do the proper greeting crap with the bridal party. I had trouble doing the bowing to everyone cause I had to use my hands to hold up my dress.
    The food was shit hahaha majority was seafood.
    I did enjoy the rice and some mi go reng type noodles.
    100 years later Bobbin and Sabdy joined the wedding and had to walk to the front through a tunnel of people. It would seem that tradition is if two people opposite each other hold hands, when the bride and groom reaches them they have to kiss before they can continue.
    They then did a dance and cut the cake with hat looked like a samari sword lol.

    The background music was like a cd. Perfect but also not good. Just background noise you’d hear in the foyer of the hotel.

    The Cambodians dance was hilarious. Such small movements. No real boogie. πŸ•ΊπŸ»

    They did have one dance though that everyone knew. Like their version of the nut bush. Haha.

    Half the guests left after 30 mins.

    Made Will get some photos together lol.
    In conclusion.
    We all had a terrible time πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    It would have made no difference if we were there or not. That statements true even for the groomsman. No purpose.
    Too long, too impersonal. No translations didn’t help either.

    Caught a tuk tuk home. Will felt like he was gonna vomit but thankfully didn’t. We both crashed :)
    - we left early like 9:30ish. Half the tables had already been packed away.

    Sabdy made a point that the evening was for fancy dresses. The Cambodians wore the exact same style peplum dresses sooo??
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  • Day4

    Day 4

    March 5, 2020 in Cambodia β‹… β›… 30 Β°C

    8am and we went down stairs for our yummy brekkie before I came back upstairs and went to back to bed. Haa

    We caught a tuk tuk to the central markets again so I could buy a dress. Very limited options. I bought one for $30. It’s something a mother of the bride/groom would wear.
    At least I can now attend cause I have appropriate attire. Lol.
    As we were walking around the markets Bobbin called Will and told us that Jordan ate street food and is so sick he can’t be best man anymore. Apparently when he told Sabdy she just gave him a look and walked away. That look would have had 1000 words in it.
    Oh dear. He called cause he was looking for Joey as a possible substitution.

    We then left and went to the Aeon Mall.
    Weird layout - it’s like walking into coles. It has like isles but they aren’t actually in a shop with walls?
    The rest of the shopping center was normal just the place we entered from.
    We had pizza which was actually really well done.
    We wandered around because he palace wasn’t open yet.
    We decided to go home so I could get a massage :D
    Got one. $15 for an hour. + $3 cause She asked for a tip.
    I did 2 dick things.
    1 - I got dressed before the massage was over because she left the room and I thought that meant it was over... it did not haha.
    2. This was the worst.
    The masseuse and I caught the lift back down together and she asked how old I was. I said 27. She said I was very beautiful. I then asked how old she was and she said 27 -
    AND THEN I SAID “...BUT IM REALLY TALL”
    What the actually fuck angharad. Couldn’t give her compliment back, you had to point out that you were way taller. Fk me.
    It was like a 6 year old in a school yard ha ha I’m taller
    Wtf was that.

    Oh also I have left over fake tan on cause I did a trial run at home before coming and it’s reaching the end. I had a shower and tried to scrub it all off but getting it off my back was a challenge.
    She probably thinks I haven’t showered in weeks because presumably I missed patches and her rubbing would make it come off.
    It would look like dirt..

    We did some ironing this arvo in prep for tomorrow. My dress is such a hassle. So much fabric πŸ˜‚

    We went out to dinner on a cute date - everyone else was still at the first wedding day ceremonies. We went to a Cambodian Resturant - we walked there - we haven’t done much walking this trip, it’s just so freaking humid!!
    We had some lovely food. Just beefs really to play it safe with the flavors.
    We got a free dessert. It was sweet potato covered in coconut cream and some other desserty syrup. What an odd bloody combo.
    We then walked home - past the awesome lit up place.
    I met up with Tom and Joey up at the pool once back to talk about their day and organize tomorrow. We are gonna go together tomorrow which means the taxi is arriving at us at 4:30am. πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ Joey is coming in case he has to step in for Jordan.
    They said today was boring. A lot of waiting around.
    Organized for tomorrow - we are taking everything with us (both outfits) and went to bed. Naturally the first time this trip I’m not tired is the time I need to go to bed early πŸ˜ͺπŸ™„πŸ˜¬
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