So I am finally sitting down to write my second blog... for those who have asked where it is, my internet is not that great (and I have been very very busy believe it or not) so my apologies for the delay!
So my last blog ended the day of my Aunties birthday, which was the worst day of my jet lag! I had been up for three hours before my aunt and uncle woke up at the normal time of 9 am! Those three hours were some of my worst three hours in my life! (for those that know me well, you will know I love an exaggeration) My uncle for some unknown reason has 5 remotes (that is not one of my exaggerations!) he has normal tv, sky, surround sound... I could go on! so my point is I was pressing all these remotes trying to put on sky and after about 10 attempts I gave up! (again not a exaggeration) so when my auntie and uncle woke up ten minutes of 'Sweet Sixteen' did not seem worth the agony of the last three hours.
We all sat down to a lovely, fulfilling eggs on toast breakfast before getting in the car and driving down to the coast. Even in the 30 degree heat I enjoyed the drive as I got to see a lot as we drove down the coastal roads, ending up at Hilary's. Hilary's is a lovely seaside resort full of tourists like me :). After wandering around the beautiful harbour and pointing out boats I would one day love to own and joking about the boat I would be on the next day for Rottnest Channel swim we were back in the car. After a ten minute drive from Hilary's we were at my aunt and uncles friends Thai restaurant. Most places in Aus have a policy in which you bring your own bottle and the restaurant charges around 3 dollars for you to have it there. So before entering the restaurant we went to the bottle shop next door. This bottle shop was how I'd like heaven to be! Every bottle of wine you could want, from various countries, with beautiful labels. In the middle was a walk in fridge - yes you heard me correctly, a walk in fridge packed with crates of beer. Amazing! We went for two bottles of white before being seated in a lovely peaceful, air-con restaurant. My uncle choose a few dishes too share which were all beautiful and I was even invited to the waitress' wedding in Thailand if I am out there at the same time! By the end of the meal we were all very tired so it was straight home to bed.
Friday morning we were all up bright and early! I had a quick dip in the pool (just because I can) and than we were off to meet my cousin and Ben for breakfast. We met them in a beautiful lake side restaurant in Guilford. (During Captain Stirling's exploration for a suitable site to establish a colony on the western side of the Australian continent in the late 1820s, the exploration party of boats found a fresh water stream across the river from the site of Guildford which they called Success Hill...bit of background information for you all!) The restaurant was beautiful as was the food! I had poached eggs with hollandaise sauce...heaven on a plate! After breakfast my uncle, aunt and myself went into Midland (the town centre) and I got a sim for my little cute, back to school Nokia! +614 357 49888 my Australian number :) after town my auntie drove me around the Kalunmanda Hills and we got a beautiful prawn and avocado pizza which was cooked in an open oven.
Saturday morning I was up bright an early and at my cousins for 9.30 ready for Rottnest Island! I was a little anxious as I had never met Glen, or anyone else I would be spending the day with. Glen is the cousin of a work college, who knew I was coming over to Aus and didn't know many people. As soon as Glen turned up at my cousins I was not anxious at all, we were all deep in conversation straight away and I was ever so excited to get on the boat. After picking up a lot of alcohol and a bit of food we were at the harbour. On our boat was Glen myself and two other guys. The water was rather rocky but my usual sea sickness stayed away! After about a 40 minute ride and beer all over my face (try drinking a bottle of Heineken whilst being rocked up and down on the sea!) we were trying to anchor the boat along with around a thousand other boats! (not an exaggeration of mine!) When settled for the night and a few of their friends boats joining ours, we were all getting boozy and soaking up the rays. In the evening we got off the boat and went to the bars on the island. http://www.rottnestisland.com/ At the bar you could watch the swimmers coming out of the water after the long swim of 19.7km! We drank into the early hours and watched an amazing Australian band before trying to find our boat, our boat which had with the tide now sailed out too far for me to walk too! so one of the guys who had retired the evening early and was throwing up over the side had to come and carry me back! (haha not a princess at all!) but I wasnt going to walk through his sick either! With us all being very comatosed and getting early headaches from drinking all day in the sun we all passed out! We all woke up very early! 6am early and instead of our original plan of spending the day on the island we brought some breakie from the café and set of back home. After hung over goodbyes, I was back at Kyries. Kyrie, Ben and Kylie were all very hung over also which played to my advantage as we had a proper DVD day! 5 movies, Hungry Jacks (their version of Burger King) and a visit to blockbuster in the evening for another 2 DVD's and Dominos! Goodbye beach body!
On Monday Kyrie had to work and had left some jobs for Ben and I to do. We went into the local town and had brought some groceries before driving up to the hills to my aunties. At hers we had some lunch and I grabbed all my stuff. On the way back I went into Commonwealth and activated my bank card ! Finally access to money! how long that will last, I am unsure of! Back at home I washed the floor, then Ben, Kylie and myself went to the Rose and Crown where Kyrie works, and I will soon work for some dinner! The dinner was amazing! I had a surf and turf which was a beautifully cooked steak with garlic king prawns on top and a side bowl of chips and asparagus. (Blogging is making me aware of how much I eat jhezze!)
On Tuesday Kylie was up early to go back to the mines for two weeks. (She does two weeks on and a week off. The hours are crazy but the money is also. A year on the mines, you can afford a mortgage!) Due to jet lag which was starting to wear off I was up early and waiting for my aunt and uncle to arrive. We got the train into Fremantal, http://maps.google.com.au/maps?pq=fremantle&hl=en&gs_nf=1&cp=15&gs_id=o&xhr=t&rlz=1C1AVSE_enAU472AU472&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1024&bih=499&ix=seb&q=fremantle+australia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x2a32a249e10837bb:0x504f0b535df4480,Fremantle+WA&gl=au&ei=ewtST6nmLuafiAfP9tHiCw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CEkQ8gEwAA a beautiful seaside resort. The Queen Mary cruise ship was docking at the harbour so we saw that... it was huge! bigger than you would imagine! and so beautiful! We had a walk around the harbour before stopping at Little Creatures (https://www.littlecreatures.com.au/) a brewery were you can try different beers and ales whilst you eat...amazing! and a must see if you are ever in Fremanal! After lunch we looked around the town and the headed home.
Wednesday begun with a chilled out morning before heading into Midland with Kyrie and Ben to have a little browse and to go to the Deli. A deli in which I could live! cheese cheese cheese meat meat meat more cheese and more meat and some salad. After spending around 100 dollars on cheese and crackers and salami we were at the bottle shop. Duck Duck Goose is a beautiful red wine that I would recommend to anyone that comes across it! Back at home we laid out the cheese, crackers, olives, salami and wines and after the arrival of a few of their friends we were tucking into what was the best cheese and wine party I have ever attended! In the evening Ben who is so funny made us watch 'Wolf Creek' which is about two girls and a guy who go backpacking in Aus and are taken and murdered! And yes it is a real story and yes I am now s***ting myself on the idea of backpacking!
I hope I havent bored any of you yet, or killed you! This has made me aware of how I should write this blog more often, but for those who are still with me... there are only three more days!
On thursday morning I woke up at 10.30- my first actual lie in! I was so happy when I looked at my clock! Kyrie and I wolfed down eggs with vegetables on toast and after a refreshing shower (trying to get rid of the smell of cheese and wine) we set of into Perth City. Perth is massive, well so is Australia! In fact, thanks to the wonderful world of Google the UK could fit into Australia around 60 times!!!! Kyrie had her moles checked by a specialist, which has made me think I should. I am one big freckle and skin cancer is the most common cause of death in Aus so I think I will be checking myself in for one a those! Although no NHS means a check up, just a check up at the doctors is around 60 dollars! We had a look around the shops then came home to chill out before Krav Maga. I did not know what I had let myself into. Ben is a huge sport fanatic and had attended Krav Maga the week before and had told Kyrie and I how good it was for you and that we should give it a go. So at 6 we turned up at an ex sas mans house. Although he looked very scary, he was very welcoming. After everyone was there we drove to the nearest park and the torture began! He made us run around the park two times before bear crawling up and down the hill, we then were partnered up with punch bags and taught how to punch correctly and kick. I could not stop laughing at how rubbish my punch was, which was a bad idea! Over he comes and tells me "if you were getting attacked by a man you would not be laughing! now punch the f***er go on, bite him... well as you can imagine I started laughing even more that's when he began to attack and it was fight or flight (and I lost of corse - god he is strong!) We were taught how to choke and tackle and at the end had to run the park another five times as well as do press ups on dum bells and do weights! It was the hardest thing I had ever done! and I knew about it the next day but at the same time so good! It can't have been so bad as I am going again on Sunday, where it is being held at the beach. The beach swayed it, but now I am thinking that will be even harder! running on soft sand hmm...
I woke up Friday and could hardly walk! I had one of the best sleeps I had, had in Aus but every muscle, muscles even a Dance Degree student should know I didn't know existed were in agony! I hobbled to town with Kyrie to get a few groceries and at 12 when Ben was home we went to pick up Hayley and Derry. Derry works with Kyrie and I had first met them at our cheese and wine night. Well what is the best way to forget pain I hear you ask... Wine Tasting! Along the Swan Valley ( http://www.swanvalley.com.au/Home) We went to about five different wineries in 4 hours and consumed ridiculous amounts of different wines. Wines which at first you could decide if you liked or not, by doing the posh rules of, swirl, gargle, swallow or spit (which made me laugh too!) but by the end free wine is free wine and you begin to not care if its white, rose, red, nice or horrible! The fact you get olives and cheese at every winery is a winner too! After buying a few bottles we were all in the car at back at the beloved Deli to get some steaks for the barbie! Back at my Auntie and uncles feeling very boozy we had a lovely barbie (my first one in Aus!) and a few pictures in the pink sunset then Ed drove us to the outdoor cinema! It was amazing and again a must do when you have the opportunity! We watched a documentary about under the ocean which was very amazing and gave me great ideas for fish tanks when I own my own house! If you haven't heard of a ribbon eel - get to know! On the drive home I saw my first lot of kangaroos! They are adorable!
Today both Kyrie and Ben had work so it was my first real day on my own. I decided to walk into Guilford but did not expect how long it would take in the heat. I put my iPod in and with the amazing Lily Allen I walked all along the Swan river, and met a lovely fisherman. We had a lovely chat about the fish that he would catch and about what he thinks I should see whilst here in Perth. I then walked along the railway tracks and had a browse in some of the wonderfully wacky antique shops, which I know my mum would have loved! After stocking up on bottles of ice green tea I had a look around the old Jail and in the park. It really is a beautiful place!
Tomorrow morning I am attending my second Krav Maga class on the beach. I am looking forward to seeing the beach but not so much the class! He did mention how he was going to bring knifes along with him for us to train with next, which will be very amazing I'm sure!
So until next time (I will start to write more regally so they don't build up to essays!) I hope I have not bored you! and you managed to get to the end! x