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Sunday 25th March
Today Mother you will be very proud of me as I dragged everyone off on a tour round a historic building that you would have loved! It reminded me of all the summers you dragged me around those "very interesting" country houses. We went to visit Governement House, which as the name suggests was the home for many of the governors of Sydney. It was situated overlooking the harbour so that they could watch for any enemy ships coming over the water. The Governor of Sydney is at this present moment a woman by the name of Professor Marie Bashir. She is breaking tradition in two ways, one by being the first female govenor and secondly by not actually living at the house. This is mainly for security reasons. It was actually really informative although our guide looked like he was going to keel over at some point he was shaking so much. We visited the study, where the governor ccongregates almost every day to hold meetings and to meet and greet visitors of importance such as Prime Ministers etc. We looked around the ante room, the dining rooms, the living area and the ballroom. Many of the rooms had beautiful ornate ceilings which, apart from one, were not the originals as they had been damaged by fire and smoke and water. IN the ballrooom the wallpaper wasn't actually wallpaper but infact painted on. It must have taken absolutely ages. No staff are permanently employed there instead they contract cleaners and cooks for events. The grounds themselves were also stunning with beautiful flower beds and fountains. I found it very enjoyable. I am such a geek as Tami politely called me. After this excitement we went down to the bus station to go to Coogee Beach but found there were no buses in that area because of a Greek Festival and the traffic controllers had no idea where we could catch another bus from! What they were doing there I have no idea then... In any case it was raining so We went back to the hostel to pack. Tami wasn't feeling 100% because her tooth was still hurting so Rich, Chris, Lee and I went to have another pizza with an egg because they were sooooo good last time. However, if anyone cares, I bypassed the mushrooms and had peppers instead. I also surpassed my record by eating my whole 13" pizza before Lee had polished off his 10" AND he got it before me. I am a serious legend. I think I surprise everyone with my skill and talent. It was very yummy. Then I had icecream just to top it all off. It was great. When we got back to the hostel I immediately got into the routine of beautifying myself because we were going to the NEIGHBOURS PARTY!
It was so exciting I thought I was going to pass out. We got on the train and then when we got to the other side Rich (who everyone thought knew where it was) said he couldn't remember where it was. I was NOT impressed. I nearly hit him in fact. However after asking a million people where it was and getting know further than 6 convenience stores we managed to find it. The place where it was being held was called Coolabar and it was absolutely packed. Clearly there are a lot of Neighbours in Australia except they are all foreigners. Apparently they reckon the programme would not run if it were not for all the hardcore fans in England like me and my Mother. (Rock on!) We were right at the back, which I did not care about at all but actually turned out to be the best place because it was right by the door that they came in so I could reach out and stroke them lovingly. Only joking that would be a violation of their personal space... When they came in I lost my voice on account of all the excitement and Boyd is soooooooooooooooo gorgeous in real life. MMMMM. The night began with a short question and answer session, which involved things like whether they were married and who was the best character to kiss. (For your information Mother Toadie is married and Elle couldn't decide who was the best kisser! After that the characters started meeting and greeting around the room whilst competitions went on to keep the rest of us entertained. One was a dance competition that Tami desperately tried to enter but was overlooked and a singing competition where you had to sing your national anthem, the Neighbours theme tune or a football song. One girl was particularly awful. She thought she was some type of stand up comedian or something. When Boyd came round to our table I firstly was speechless, the talked gibberish, then posed (we make a really amazing couple!) and then cried. Yes people I cried. Not in front of him mind but tearsleaked out of my face. I was so overcome with emotion. Mother you would not believe how excited and ridiculous I was. It was so surreal seeing myself next to Boyd in the photos - It looked like I had photo shopped myself in. Elle was lovely like a little girl, very feminine and absolutely gorgeous. We had a nice long chat about Sky and other things. Toadie was a bit off hand, maybe because he has done so many of these nights before. BUT he did sign my ticket, as did Elle. Boyd said he was in a rush at the end and wouldn't so I followed him down the stairs after like a stalker. It was great fun. The last competition was a general knowledge quiz with questions about Neighbours. You will not believe it (neither could we) but we won!!!!!!!!!!! We won the quiz! We also won 220 bucks! Awesome. We basically got our entrance back then bought sweets. It was so much fun. I had the best night ever and I will never ever forget it. I will be announcing my engagement to Boyd Hoyland any time soon.