Monday 12th March
Journal entry brought to you by (a Govinda-loving) Tami
Today was meant to be cleaning day which meant that we all had to get up at 9am to put everything we owned onto our beds as everything left on the floor or surfaces was meant to be thrown out. Sophie and I overslept a little and at 9.23am we had a mad flurry to move all our stuff around (how it all fits in the rucksack I have no idea) before the cleaners came in to throw our things out. We took advantage of the hostel’s free breakfast (I had “Weet-Bix” which should never be confused with “Weet-a-Bix” as the latter are so much better) and then decided to be productive and go to the Chinese Embassy to sort out our visas for when we went to China some months later. We managed to successfully navigate getting to the train station from our hostel, catching the right train (from platform 2) to the bus terminal, getting the correct bus up to Camperdown, then finding the Visa entrance to the Embassy bang on 12.18pm. Which of course, as sod’s law would have it, was 18 minutes too late to go in as they had closed. Luckily this nice man in a suit showed us this place over the road that did visas on behalf of the embassy outside office hours (although come on, HOW is 18 minutes past noon not in office hours? Who decided that? They should give some shift ideas to IEX at Vodafone – hey everyone Voda (-: I miss you).
Anyhoo we got sorted out at the shop, although (stupidly) we didn’t know our exact date of entry into China….and apparently this creates some kind of problem, ha ha. We went back to the hostel and rang the shop to confirm our dates anyway and that was all fine. I then did some laundry and managed not to mess up any colours. Yay.
We then all (Me and Sophie, Richard, Paul, the two Katies and Chris) went to Govinda’s for dinner (on Richard’s recommendation), which was seriously awesome! It was an all you can eat vegetarian buffet! The food was SO good, I got tummy ache I ate that much. We then headed upstairs, because in the roof space of the restaurant is this mini cinema, which is really laid back and hippified with a no shoes rule, big squashy cushions everywhere, and no chairs – instead there were lie down sofas on the floor that you could spread yourself on – how cool?!! We watched Volver (which was okay – it was in Spanish so good for Sophie). We then went on a TimTam search through about 4 different shops to get a variety of flavours and then went back to the hostel for a kiddy-themed goodbye party for Paul and Richard who were leaving the following night. I then had to use the phone for a bit but when I came back the party was in full swing and everyone was dressed up as various assassin characters with storylines and costumes! So funny! Sophie was wearing a bright pink feather boa, a bikini top over a jumper, and a bank robber style beanie. It was then that Richard, Paul and Chris gave me a present they had bought that day in town – a peasant shawl and hat (you now see the relevance of yesterday’s entry?) which I then proceeded to wear for the rest of the night. Yes, pictures will be posted soon! Well it was a really fun evening anyway, lots going on.
Hope you are all okay. I certainly am!