And we’re at the 6 month mark! Easy, breezy, just like that. Month 6.
I’m super late with this month’s update (I blame going on holiday and I have zero regrets) so let’s get straight into it.
Moar visitors ¦¦ Alright this has been an entry in basically all of my previous monthly updates and I am NOT mad about it. We ended up having a delicious supper with my Mum’s cousin towards the beginning of the month, and then a week later I got an email from my Uncle enquiring as to whether I had any free time as he had just landed in Sydney? Cue some rushed lunch plans as we both had fairly interesting schedules, and I got a selfie of us in Martin Place to send to the family as proof. It was so good to catch up with him and hear some family news.
A girls’ day ¦¦ As I’ve mentioned previously, my cousin is here for a few months as part of her studies. So she, my sister and I decided we wanted to make the most of Cousin Time while we could, and took a day trip to the beautiful Avalon. We ate seafood by the beach* and the sun shone. What more could you ask for?
Our first international holiday ¦¦ Momentous because we didn’t get detained by immigration upon our return, or have visa issues or confusion. And even though we didn’t get to join the Australian passport holders queue, it did kind of feel like we were coming home.
Zebra ballet ¦¦ I had the chance to attend my niece’s annual ballet concert this year and it was great fun. She had a starring role as a zebra, and did her steps on stage with all her zebra classmates very admirably. It’s being able to go to this stuff that makes me realise we’re here; this isn’t just a holiday. This is real life. Ballet concerts and all.
Not being organised enough ¦¦ I am painfully aware that if we’re only here for 18 months total then we’ve really got to get our act together in terms of making sure we see/do/eat everything we want to while we’re here. Unfortunately, that requires organisation and I have had an absolute fail of a month for that.
I wanted to go to the Night Noodle Markets… it didn’t happen. It was too busy to go on the weekends, then on weekdays I worked late, or I was too tired.
I wanted to go to Sculpture by the Sea… it didn’t happen. I forgot it was on and then I already had stuff on. And it was too far away and busy and on the one day I could have gone it was 30 degrees and I didn’t want to get sunburn.
[Note: nothing to do with Sculpture by the Sea. Just some sea.]
I wanted to go to Sydney Open… we set alarms and bagged tickets to an event I REALLY wanted to go to… and then we realised we were going to be on holiday when it was on. Luckily those tickets went to a well deserving friend so at least they didn’t go to waste.
There was also the podcast recording that S found and booked tickets for, before realising that yet again we’d be on holiday for that. Again, luckily, those tickets went to another good home. I’m just pleased I wasn’t responsible for that mis-schedule as well!
The moral of the story is – as much as I try and keep the tourist mindset in terms of seeing as much as I can, sometimes real life problems take over. Some things I can (and should) work around, some things I can’t. This month I’m going to make better use of my diary and generally pull myself together
First homesickness ¦¦ Interestingly, it was going to New Zealand and hearing the British bird calls that made me start to feel a bit funny. Then I started noticing all the British plants (and accents!), and the cooler weather. It felt like being home, except I knew I wasn’t. Isn’t it funny how evocative sounds and nature can be? That and some difficult family stuff happening at home made me wish I could pop back. Just for a bit.
[Beautiful wisteria in Arrowtown that reminded me of home]
The Block ate my life ¦¦ This one I’m not proud of. You know how I was going on about watching The Block as a true blue Aussie familiarisation exercise? Well I took it a bit too far. 4 episodes a week, each lasting around 1h 30? That’s too much tv. As the artificially-created drama ramped up I ended up glued to my sofa for hours each week instead of doing more fun things (like going to the Night Noodle Markets?) and it was not good. I’m actually relieved it’s finished and I am NOT looking for something to fill the void.
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And that’s plenty for Month 6. Catch you very soon for Month 7!
*This is as much as I have figured out about What To Do At The Beach. Baby steps, people.