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Family Friends in Faraway Places

I arrived in Perth at 9am and met some family friends , Mairhi and Mike, who I have known forever! They picked me up and really looked after me for the 3 nights I stayed with them. One day we got one of the city tours on the double decker bus. That was great fun. We saw allthe sites and I had never been on one of them befoee. Perth was not what I expected at all. It was way smaller and way nicer. The countryside was beautiful.

On the second day they took me to Freemantle and we had lunch at the Little Creatures Brewery. It was so awesome! You coukd see all the ale brewing in the barrels and the food was delicious. Once we had finished there it was off to the Freemantle market! You could literally buy everything at this market! Boomerangs, clothes, food, watches, footballs, everyhing! I didn't buy anything just enjoyed walking around.
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My third day Mairhi decided was a pamper day. We got back massages and then manicures! What a treat. I have never had my nails done professionally before either and it was shellac manicure! Wow full on! Loved it and still haven't bitten my nails since then and that was about 2.5 weeks ago!

The last day we drove up to the wineries and tried wine, chocolate, coffee, nougat and liquors! Haha that was also amazing! We literally went from one winery to anotherand it wasn't just wineries it was everything!it was in such a beautiful area and the tasting was free! Another fun day! The weather had been prtty spot on the whole time except for a little bit of rain on the second day. This photo was taken on the river bed just doqn from there house.IMG_20140517_234130

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That evening sadly I flew to Singapore. It was pretty sad leaving as I had such a great time and I was going to miss the freshly baked bread in the mornings and fantastic home cooked meals. I was pretty nervous to be off on my own to Asia but had only heard good things about Singapore so here we go!

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Home Sweet Home ;)

So back in Melbourne and ready to settle down again. Fortunately I got my old job at The Dining Haul back and Emma and I had moved into our new house. Not your average house! We shared with 14 people. A bit intimidating moving in at first but it wasn't long before we got to know everyone. We had us 2, 6 French, 2 Argentians, 1 Scot, Sri Lankan, 1 German and one Israeli. It was impossible to keep track of everyone though as people were coming and going all the time or moving rooms etc. I absolutely loved it though! There was always something going on. For instance, I would come home at half 11pm and someone would say 'shall we make a crumble' and a few of us would pitch in and help make a crumble then we'd sit down and eat it. Haha amazing! Or one night I came back from work and three of the guys had fixed the old motorbike in the back and we all headed out to the beach while they tested it out. So funny and random! Sometimes it got a bit much when I was working 23 hour weekends and there was a party going on but you got used to it. Em and I were roomies and we made it fairly homely. Drew on the walls with chalk, set all our things out and it looked pretty nice in the end. It was a huge room so we had plenty of space. Our garden had a big basketball court and 5 a side football pitch. One night there was a bonfire and one of the French guys was breathing fire! Like I said, never a dull moment!
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While in Melbourne, Em amd I made sure we did some touristy things. We visited the Zoo. Not sure why actually as neither of us are huge fans and we also went to another zoo further inland which was more for birds and native animals . Melbourne Zoo was pretty good with heaps of different animals; tigers, gorillas,bears and things it's just sad seeing them all locked up!
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We also borrowed a friends car and drove down the Mornington Peninsula to some hot springs. They were lovely and relaxing. It was a beautiful day so we went for a walk around Arthurs Seat which had a great view at the top. A bbq for dinner when we got back to our house with everyone! Delicious!
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Another day, 5 of us rented a car and drove down to The Puffing Billy. It's a steam train that goes around the mountains but cost 60 dollars for a round trip! Ridiculously expensive! Instead we headed to an area for feeding birds. Well actually you're not meant to feed the birds but when you do they come and eat the seeds out your hands. There were cockatoos, white birds with yellow quiffs and even kookaburras (no idea how to spell that!) they didn't actually eat out our hands just sat and watched. Man it was so cool way better than the puffing billy! We had Jesse to thank for taking us there as it's not a huge tourist spot. He only knew about it as he grew up in the area. One our way back to Melbourne we stopped off and had a 10 dollar steak (bargain) amd then went for a frozen yogurt. Such a good day off!
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Little did Em and I know that that was our last day off togther. We worked the next 2 weeks with fairly opposite shifts amd didn't see much of each other really. When we had time we would go for a coffee or soup of the day at the cafe around the corner or if we were feeling brave go for a splash in the freezing cold sea. Haha! Melbourne s weather was starting to deteriorate. A couple of days it rained all day! Luckily I like a bit of rain evey now and then.
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My last day at work was super sad. Even though it was my second time leaving the gang got me a card and a purse. I was not expecting that at all! I said my goodbyes then headed to StKilda for a quick dessert with Em who was leaving Melbourne 2 days after me. My flight was at 6am so I was spending the night at the airport. I had to get the lat tram at 1 am to the city then the airport bus at 2 am and then had a power nap before going through check in. Next stop Perth!
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Sydney to Melbourne

The Great Road Trip

Three days in Sydney flew by! We did all the touristy things like the Opera House and Botanical Gardens. We also met my Mums cousin for lunch at the top of the Westfield Tower. She hadn't seen him for around 35 years! It was one of those restaurants that spins around slowly and you get a 360 degree view of Sydney. It was amazing and the food was delish. All you can eat buffet! Can't really go wrong with an all you can eat! One night we actually saw a show at the Opera House. I can't remember what it was called but it was very entertaining if not quite weird. It was basically a circus show with eveyone doing different acts. For example one lady dressed up as the queen and did a comical speech, a couple did a trapeze act and another lady stripped completely naked whilst doing the disappearing tissue into the fake thumb act haha! I think that was all our excitememt for Sydney. On our last day we picked up our campervan and headed South!

Now I dont think I will remember the names of any of the places we visited as they were fairly off the beaten track and I'm sure they had strange names. We hadn't booked any camp sites and were going 'strolling traveller' style. If we like it we stay if not we try and find somewhere else and the lonely planet guide book gave us a good idea of where to go. On our first leg we stopped off at a place called Dolphin Point and guess what? We saw heaps of dolphins! So amazing and beautiful! They were ao close as well I wanted to go in and swim with them. Our first campsite was on the coast and had a beautiful view but there wasn't much there. We set up camp. Our van was so cool! The back seats went into a double bed and the roof raised up and had a single bed in it with a little window for me. It was super comfy, I loved it!

When sleeping in the campervan I found that we all woke up fairly early because of the light and the animal noises. Loud birds and things. No complaints though! We got the hob on for a morning cup of tea and had some poached eggs before hitting the road again. A lot of the time the roads were deserted and it was super quiet. Almost eerie! I don't think many people drive down from Sydney to Melbourne the coastal way. We stopped off at some more beautiful coastal picnic spots, unfortunately I was relying on my Mum and Dad to take the photos as for once I didn't have to have my camera out all the time. Shame now though as I don't have any photos for this blog! The second night was even more in the middle of no where then the last! It was a plain field camping ground that already had lots of residents or regulars who all new each other. We tried to drive in casually but it's hard not to be noticed when you're in a huge bright green and purple van. Everyone was staring and we couldn't find a good spot to park so kept going in circles. Quite embarrassing really but we found a spot that we were all happy with finally! It was a short distance from the ocean and we got some cracking photos of the sunset on the camera. We had been to a little market that day and picked up some delicious, fresh pasta sauce so it was pasta and sauce for dinner. Cups of tea and biscuits for pudding. There was one other man camping in the same area as us. He was with his son and they were trying to start up a bonfire. We literally spoke to him for about 5 minutes and we had his life story! Middle aged, divorced because he didn't love his wife anymore, 3 kids 2 of which don't speak to him anymore but he's ok with that, still has a good relationship with his son and that was that! He did offer us to join him at his bonfire but we politely declined. God knows what other information we would have got from him had we gone over!

The third nights camp site was my favourite. Mainly because when we got there, in the sea right next to the decking was a seal swimming up and down on its back. So cool! Someone told us it often came by to show off its full belly of fish. Haha funny guy! We also saw big pelicans flying over the water and when we woke up there was a kangaroo hopping about next to the van. Amazing!

So we had driven heaps over the last few days and finally we made it to Melbourne! The road trip had been so incredible though! We had dinner at The Dining Haul where I used to work and my parents slept in the camper van by the sea and I stayed with a friend. In the morning we took the train to the city and met up with Emma. We all did a walking tour of the city that my mum had found in the travel book. It was really good actually! We stopped off for a couple of coffees, got aome of the famous chocolate, visited the Shrine, Federation Square and walked along South Bank. I really do love Melbourne and was so happy to be back. My home away from home. If it was closer to Abereen I would absolutely live there forever.

We had two more nights in the camper van and decided to head down the Mornington Peninsula to Sorrento. It was either that or doing the Great Ocean Road but everyone was kind of tired of deiving so much so we had a day in Sorrento playing in HUGE waves. Like these waves really knocked you over it was so much fun! The weather was beautiful as well! We ate our left over seafood curry from the night before and went for an ice cream for pudding. This campsite was probably our least favourite because we accidentally parked on a slope and also right next to a busy road so it was quite noisy. Nothing awful though!

Our final day together we met up with Emma for some lunch before Emma and I moved into our new house. Super sad saying by to Mum and Dad but not long until I see them again! A fantastic road trip!

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Oh Brisbane You Again!

Not extremely happy that I'd found myself back in Brisbane, especially as Sarah was leaving me and flying down to Melbourne. Fortunately my parents were joining me in just over a week though! Before Sarah left we met up with the two girls from Fraser Island again. We seemed to be doing the same trip down the East Coast. We all went to the man made lagoon for a sunbathe and had a night out in our hostel club. It was quite a dark, dingy club that I didn't really like. While it was dark we went over to the Story Bridge and got a beautiful view of the city all lit up. The next day eveyone left me and I was all alone. The hostel was pretty social though and I was in a room with 20 people so there was always someone to speak to. I went for a couple runs around the botanical gardens, did some shopping and on the 3rd day alone my dads friend picked me up and I stayed with him and his family until my parents arrived. Their house was really something special. 4 floors, swimming pool, bar and everything! Ahhhhmazing! This after 3 months of hostels was a dream. I basically just chilled in the house, watched the winter olympics on their huge flat screen tv and enjoyed being in a nice house.

Finally my parents arrived! I was so happy to see them. It had been a long 14 months without them! We had such fun. Tne first couple of days we spent with my Dads friend. We went to a zoo and held koalas, had a road trip up to Noosa and down to Gold Coast, had some nice meals out and did some Brisbane sightseeing. They both coped with the jetlag pretty well which was good.
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So after 5 funfilled days in Brisbane with them it was finally time for us to move on. The city had grown on me but I was still very happy to be moving on. The three of us rented a car for 3 days making our way down to Sydney. First stop was Byron Bay. We were staying inland though in the hill billy area. The sort of place where you walk into the pub and everyome turns and looks at youand you feel extremely uncomfortable. A lovely area though, deep in the countryside. Very green and we saw some wallabies hoping around the fields. Only one night here before heading further south to Port Macquerie. We had the best accomodation here. A small apartment with double beds, tvs and washing machines! It had been a long old drive from Byron so we were all pretty tired. A quick walk along the beach and dinner across the road before hitting the sack.
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A morning breakfast of poached eggs on vegemite toast to start us off. My dad is the best egg poacher in the world! Always perfect! Another stroll along the beach and Dad even went for a splash in the chilly sea at 8am! We had to set off early as it was straight to Sydney today. Another long drive. The car was an automatic which took a bit of getting used to. A couple of times we would be roling towards a junction and Dad would accidently put his foot on the handbrake thinking it was the clutch and all 3 of us would just about crack our heads off the windscreen. Hahah I'm laughing at the memories! Also the windscreen wipers and indicators were on opposite sides. So everyone would be stressed out if we were lost trying to decide which way to go and then suddenly swish swosh swish swosh wipers are swishing all over the place. Oh lordy funny times! Finally we made it to Sydney! We managed to gt fairly lost in the city though and crossed over the Harbour Bridge 2 times and went under it once trying to find our hostel. A good way to see the city I guess and a cracking view too! A lovely, quick pasta dish by Mum before heading to our beds so we are ready for a day of sightseeing tomorrow!
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Couch Surfing, Noosa and a cheeky bit of Hitch Hiking

So Sarah and I bussed it down to Noosa where we were couch surfing at a guys house. Couch surfing is a website where you put up a spare room, couch, or anything that you can for travellers to use for free. It was my first time doing it and I was a little nervous. Sarah had done it a couple of times before though so I was glad I was with her. This guy was super cool. He was vegan and ate about 15 bananas a day to get enough calories for his day. He surfed, cooked and was basically really relaxed and down to earth.
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handstands in Noosa


In Noosa we headed to the centre for a look around the shops and sunbathe at the beach. 2 girls from Fraser Island were also there so we met up with them on the beach. After some sunbathing Sarah and I decided to go for a walk through the national park. It was around 330pm and although women at the information cemtre had recommended us not to do it we decided to walk back to our couch surfers house. We really didn't think it was going to be too far and it was just straight down the beach. The walk through the park was stunning and we stopped to watch some surfers brave the waves. Walking along the beach got pretty tiring and after 2 hours we started to realise this hadn't been a good idea, we had seen the most amzing sunset though. It was starting to get dark and crabs had started crawling super fast underneath our feet. We also had to be careful not to stand on any of the jellyfish that had been washed up. When it was too dark we went along a small path to get to a lit street. This small path had the biggest toads on! They croaked and jumped and would not get out the way! They were terrifying and disgusting! I thought they were poisonous but later found out only posionous if you lick them. Neither of us had planned on doing that anyway! Finally we got to the street lit road. We started walking along when we got to a bus stop. Thank the Lord we thought! We looked at the timetable and the bus wasn't coming for another 40 minutes! What a nightmare! So we kept on walking. Not even 5 minutes later our bus zoomed past us! YOu can't imagine how frustrated we were. Believe it or not another 2 busses passed us on this walk. Ha unbelieveable. It got to the point where Sarah and I weren't even talking anymore. We were tired, grumpy and our legs were starting to give up on us. And we thought it was going to be an easy stroll! Just when we thought it was never going to end the petrol station down the road from our couch surfers popped up. Oh myyyy! Never been so happy. We pretty muh skipped home from then haha! It had taken us a cracking 4 hours to get back. 2 hours longer than we had expected. All an experience though and funny to look back on. Our couch surfer (sorry I really can't remember his name) couldn't believe we had done it and made us some dinner before we crawled into our beds.
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The next day we were up early feeling slightly achy but ready to try some Hitch Hiking. Something Sarah said she had always wanted to do and i thought it was a great idea. We were headed to Brisbane which is only an hour down the road and the main road was a 5 min walk from our couch surfers house. He gave us advise not to get in cars with only men and told us to keep our wits about us. we strolled down the road with our "Brisbane" sign and stuck out our thumbs. I kid you not, 5 cars drove past before a lady and her son pulled over and told us to jump in. We weren't even standing on the road for 2 minutes! The lady was lovely and super chatty on her way to visit her daughter in Brisbane. She dropped us off just on the outskirts where we could catch a bus straight to our hostel. Such a good experience amd I couldn't wait to tell my mum that it hadn't been a crazy, rapist, axe muderer that had picked us up. Now I've ticked it off my list I have agreed to never do it again though.
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