In the last month, I found my way and lost it again, became a child for a week, and got on a plane 4 times in 6 days. Waiting for my family to come, I read copiously, devouring books and movies, emptying my fridge and cleaning my house with eagle eyes watching for what mother would see that I was happy to ignore. It was a wonderful 10 days and a desperately needed break, a time to pause and take stock. I had a lovely pre-easter weekend with my Eggs girls Shruti and Fedora and their friends Kshipra and Harshani, went shopping, Pancake Parlour and a house party at someones house. Haven’t had a good night out in ages so it was really good to be out and dance to old school music. Also went to Pappa Rich finally and (window)shopped at H&M but was a bit disappointed at the choice of clothes there.
After an interesting night at work Drinks at Fathers Office on Maundy Thursday I went home, set my alarm for 3.45am and crashed like a sack of Potatoes. I started reading Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult at the airport and even the story of an Amish girl accused of murdering her new born son didn’t stop me from falling asleep on fellow passengers on the plane. Then I watched Last Vegas and listened to music and slept some more before arriving in sunny, sleepy Perth. Although it was easter weekend and yea everyone leaves the city ya dee ya dee ya…the city was unreasonably dead. At 10 o’clock on a public holiday yea you could expect it everyone wants to sleep in but by 1pm? 5pm? 9pm? Wtf. It was pureety quiet.
I arrived a few hours before my parents so had a quick shower and then took the free public transport to the Kings Gardens which was beautiful and spent a few hours walking around there, climbing the DNA tour and then came back just before the fam bam arrived. It was wonderful seeing my parents and Denver after 4 months and it was as if no time had passed except Denver went from being bald to being a gollywog again. We went for a walk around the city, went up to the Cathedral which was beautiful and then back to our hotel on St Georges terrace. Then we went out to my Dad’s friends house for dinner and met his family who were lovely. The next day we had an early start with a full day tour beginning with Kangaroo Feeding, patting Koalas and Wombats, a tour of a Lobster Farm before lunch, the Pinnacles Dessert, and then sandboarding before we headed home. We were pretty shocked at all the restaurants being closed when we got back though and struggled to find somewhere to have dinner. The third day we had a day trip to Kings Gardens and Freemantle which was a cute little town with pretty old buildings and cobbled stones. Easter Dinner was at mum’s friend Marian’s house and it was nice meeting all mum’s Vikhroli friends, people we would have met when we were little and sharing stories of our childhood there.
I left early Monday morning for Cairns and had a 2 hour stop over in Sydney where I started and finished reading Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Reached Cairns and it was raining, humid, and I had no trouble imagining crocodiles crossing the road in that dense hot evening. It was 7.30ish and I hadn’t eaten since 7am on the flight to Sydney so I was starving and after ditching my bags in the hotel I hunched my shoulders, picked a road, and started walking. Finally found a Chinese takeaway about 20 minutes away and single-handedly demolished a box of garlic chicken. Went back to the hotel and had the most amazing shower of my life – as anyone who has been to my flat will know, my shower is a hole. The next day we went on the Down under Dive tour, and I was among the few people who didn’t get sea sick on the boat. There were people throwing up left right and centre, including Denver bahahah but alack, I have a stomach of iron tehe.
We went snorkelling in two locations on the reef and saw some amazing colourful fish, I also saw a really pretty transparent kinda fish with different colourful patches on it. Lunch was amazing with lots of different salads, sausages, fish, steak, and prawns. We then had a helicopter ride back to the mainland where we saw the reef from the air. The next day we went the rainforest tour where we took a train ride to Kuranda with some amazing views, saw the waterfalls along the way, explored the Kuranda village, then went for a ride on a WWII army duck through the forest where the guide pointed out the Stinger plant which is extremely poisonous and last killed someone in 1920, turned someone else blind for 5 years as well. After that we had lunch, then saw the aboriginal cultural performance, through boomerangs (mine did not come back) and learnt about the different animal sounds on a Didgeridoo. After that we patted some more kangaroo, saw Koalas, Jack the Ripper a Crocodile, Dingoes, Tasmanian Devil, and Wombats. It was a lovely trip but it was nice to get back to Melbourne and see people and concrete under my feet and cars and horns and traffic.
We spent the two and a half days in Melbourne seeing my flat, going to IKEA, DFO, St Kilda Beach, and visiting family and friends. It was good getting back to work on Monday and to my usual routine after a lovely 10 day break though the weather was a lot colder than I remember it being. But this time round I was heavily armed with supplies of Lemsip, soup packets, vitamins, Panadol, strepsils and throaties from my mum. Ended up buying a Heater on Monday after work for $14 from Big W, such a bargain, and my feet will be stockinged up for work for the next 3 months. I’ve decided to actually take care of myself and not even give my body a chance to get sick so I drink something hot before I go to bed every night whether its soup or milo or just hot water with honey and lemon. Also started doing Blogilates with Bhaveeni which is an easy way to get in your daily exercise because lets face it there is no way I’m ever joining a gym and I’m too cold to go out for a run. Hopefully by December I will actually have the abs I always claim to have but don’t. It’s been a good first week back at work with my awesome BRM Team, and a huge stash of Easter chocolate and The Mindy Project has only made it sweeter 🙂