I spent the afternoon unpacking, whilst getting familiar with the house. I opened my window to let some air in (smelt slightly musky - but nothing a bit of glade and ventilation couldn´t resolve!). The garden was pretty, full of birdlife and there was a large washing line on the lawn. I heard the front door open and was reluctant to go and introduce myself to Emily´s housemates (silly I know), although Sam came around the back of the house to hang the washing on the line - I opened the window and introduced myself. The first thing he said was "G´day, you look fresh from such a long flight!", and he offered me some cider. I was very grateful after my forever journey.
I sat in the kitchen with Sam and we chatted over our cider and stout, he had made an amazing banana bread with chocolate - yummm! After woofing down a breezeblock size, I felt much better (aeroplane food was rank!). I sat outside to read some of my book, and the afternoon passed me by. Emily came home to tell me we were having a sushi night with her friends from work - I couldn´t wait to meet them! I felt surprisingly full of energy - perhaps the adrenaline still searing through my body...
Emily´s friends arrived around 7:00pm, and there was far too much food - sushi, crisps and dips, venison sausages from the bush, lamb and kumura (sweet potato) chips (all very delicious!). We sat, ate and talked the evening away - it was such an enjoyable evening and everyone made me feel so welcome. I started rubber-necking soon after and headed to bed- I slept like a baby.