Hi there. It has been just over a month since I have been here and a week since my last blog. I am going to try my hardest to get these written every week so that I don't kill anymore of you off (have heard alot of you where struggling at the end, my apologies)... And that way I remember what I have done!
So my last blog ended with me explaining my excitement of going to the beach (not so much the prospect of doing Krav at the beach) so that's where I will begin...
On the Sunday we had to be up early as we were meeting at the beach at ten. Kyrie had work, so Ben and I drove to the park where Krav is usually held, met the other guys and then drove to get beers. Yes I said drove to get the beers!!! Beers at a Krav session, on the beach, yea wasn't going to be hard was it!
The beach was beautiful! First beach I had been too since being in Australia, so even if it was horrible I would be saying it was beautiful! We were all told to take a dip in the sea to cool off and then we had to run long the beach so far, and back. During water breaks we were swigging back the beer from the eskie (cool box) and re applying the sun screen as it was 36 degrees! We were taught about the 360 difference and then got on each other shoulders in the sea and wrestled each other off. The session ended with a wrestle on the sand and then a nice long swim! Best Krav session ever! I say that as the beach swayed it but ever since I can remember wet body and sand has been my worst nightmare! And I had sand in places sand should not be!
We all went back to one of the guys house where his missus made us a lovely feast of cheese's, hams, pickles and rolls where I also never had an empty beer bottle in my hand! As much as I wanted to stay for an evening Barbie and go to the casino I had been invited by Kyrie and Ben to go with them to Soundwave. So after a lovely day I was on my way home!
Monday morning I was woken up early by Kyrie and Ben and handed a beer to start of the day! Not a bad wake up at all! At 12 Steve, another Krav addict came round for a few bevs before leaving. To be honest the line up didn't excite me too much but a day in the sun, with endless amounts of alcohol and jumping up and down and banging my head back and fourth did. So after handing over $200 (the others all had tickets already, so I knew it would be expensive buying on the door..But what can you do?!?) and emptying my bag of everything good I had packed and being patted down by a man that looked more like a gorilla I was in! Http://soundwavefestival.com/ < check it out!
So obviously the first place to hit up was the bar and for a ridiculous $8 you could try to enjoy (most people enjoyed it, even if they are now broke, like me until my bank transfer decideds to happen) a jager, ginger beer and lime! Lovely drink in the sun! We spent the day going from stage to bar, to bar to stage and back to stage to bar. Alot of head banging, and dancing on shoulders took place and even the occasional bottle of water thrown over you. All in all, a blady good day, and money well spent! Back at home we contnued to drink and watch movies until one by one we died off.
Tuesday morning, I say morning was more like the afternoon I was not a pretty sight and the thought of Krav Maga at 5 made me feel even worse! Ben had fractured a rib at Krav the week before and the jumping up and down at the festival had not done him any good so whilst they were both at the doctors they also visited Hungry Jacks for me, so a lovely burger, chips and diet coke was very much apreciated. However it soon was almost back in front of me on a number of occasions! Before Krav Ben gave Kyrie and myself some pump sachets- its what he takes before a big session at the gym. It increases your heart rate and gives you energy. Not what I needed! the warm up run made me think I was going to have a heart attack! All these mixed substances in my body was not cool! I somehow lived, as the trainer wasn't feeling too well either so it wasn't a really hard session but there were points I thought I might die! (ha-ha and thats leads back to my first blog! NO exajeration) .
Wednesday morning I felt amazing! I had, had the best sleep since being here! A mixture of substances in my body and a 2 hour training session results in an awsome sleep! I woke up to Kyries famous mango porridge, this mango porridge is the kind you would expect to get off your nan! It was amazing! And for those who's noses are now turning up, I am not a porridge fan. I woud say I have probably only ever eaten it once or twice (again not an exajeration) and these two times I would have smothered them in brown sugar. However the mango cut up on top of warm porridge is lovely and so so sweet and healthy! so for all those turned up noses... get to know! We then poped in to town to get me some work shoes and clothes and then spent the afternoon chilling out and watcing more movies (Kyrie and Ben are the movie King and Queen, they should get a partnership with Blockbusters!). We then helped Ben to create his amazing Bruschetta! (bruschetta even Emily ure, the Bruschetta queen would say is the best she has had!) After yet another shower (because of the heat a cold shower is always amazing!) I was going to be the third nipple at a lovely dinner date with Kyrie and Ben. We went to a Japanesse restaurant and brought various different entrees to try. One of these was 'Barbicued Eel'! Again for those nose's that have turned up, never say you do not like something until you have tried it! Trust me! my nose was turned up when Ben suggested we try it, and was still turned up when it was infront of me, however I did have a taste and it was alot nicer than I thought. Quite a simular taste to Sardines. Not something I would like all the time, but also not something I would say no too. I also tried the Japanese wine Suki, (Rice wine is an alcoholic beverage made from rice. Unlike wine, which is made by fermentation of naturally sweet grapes and other fruit, rice "wine" results from the fermentation of rice starch converted to sugars. Rice brew typically has a higher alcohol content (18-25%) than wine (10-20%), which in turn has a higher alcohol content than beer (3-8%) bit of nformation for you all) It is served warm and tastes very strong. My taste buds have not adapted to this form of wine...yet! We then went to the cinema where we met Hayley and brought some coconut mnm's yes coconut ones! They are amazing! As was 'The Grey' with Liam Neeson. Would definatly recommend that film!
Thursday morning we were up early as I had to meet Jess (the manager of the Rose and Crown, where I am now working). If anyone would like to see where I am working here is a link for all you lovely interested people...http://www.rosecrown.com.au/. They sell amazing English tea and scones, so after scoffing them down it was time for Ben to give me a driving lesson... in his four by four! So after being told where everything was in the car, I was out on the road and doing loops around the hotel! Was a very intense, however a good first lesson, and no one was killed...this time! The afternoon was spent up at my Auntie's finishing off Bens delicious Bruscheta and enjoying a cold beer with my feet in the pool before training. Training was very hard, but so rewarding! I felt very fit at the end, and very very sweaty! It was straight to bed that night!
Friday was a lovely chilled out day at the beach! The waves were enormous, and I will always remember from body boarding as a kid with my dad, waves come in sets of three and the third one is always a big one! Even with this knowledge, nearly every third wave I felt like I was in a washing machine, with sand again in places it should not be! When I caught a wave (for a change) it was amazing! There were little Jelly fish in the sea but when they brushed past you it just felt like pins and needles for a few seconds. Haven't seen any deadly fish in the sea.... yet! In the evening I consumed alot of green Thai curry and Roti bread with peanut sauce... lovely!
Saturday it was a vey very hot 38 degrees! Kyrie had work, but Ben did not, so what better to do than get drunk and watch movies!? anyone? So that is what we did. We drove to the bottle shop, with that walk in fridge of beers I spoke about in my last blog and brought a crate and two flavoured vodkas. One vanilla and one pomigrnite. Pomigranite vodka is amzing- you all need to try it! By the time Kyrie got home we were all very tired , so I went to my room and skyped my sister. Rosie and I seem to be alot closer when I am away... they say absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Sunday morning I was surprisngly chirpy, and after some peanut butter on toast I was on my way to work, for my first actual shift. When I arrived I was shown around and shown how things are done. I am currently a runner and on the floor, so I take out food (which always scares me- carrying three heavy plates of food and doing it quickly and not dropping it!) taking drinks (on a tray with your hand underneath- balance is the key!) collecting glasses and empty plates and I also work in the kitchen helping polish cuttlery. The wage is not too bad at all! just under $20 dollas (13 pounds) an hour in the week and $25 (16) at weekends. Really, really good pay, almost the same if not more than I was getting from school! but tax is a b****! So my first shift was meant to be three hours but I was kept on for nine! They were very 'impressesed' with me is the word that was used. I am going to be working there casually, so that means each week I will be told what days I will be working, which suits me perfectly.
Monday morning I was knackered! But it was up early to go down to work to get my contract and then Ben, Kyrie and myself hit the road down to Hilary's. At Hilary's we walked around the harbour and got some tuka as they say. We then treated ourselves to a cold rock ice cream! These ice creams are amazing! You choose a cream then can have any sweet or chocolate you can think of sprinkled on top. I went for the 'Freckles and Speckles'. Vanilla ice cream with sprinkles, frazzles, mnm's and smarties in it, m m mmm! We spent the afternoon in the aqauarium which was amazing. They had this rotating floor in the middle where turtles, sharks and other fish swam around you and over you. They also had a section where you could touch the sting rays and star fish. I felt like a lickle kid again- I love fishy's! In the evening we watched yet again more movies and then it was an early night for me!
Tuesday morning Kylie came home from the mines. Ben had gone to collect her and they came back with more alchohol and some junk food for me, thumbs up! We spent the day chilling out and then in the evening it was time for Krav again. After Krav we felt we deserved to get some pop tarts! If you never had these as a kid, I feel sorry for you, but it is never too late! Cookies and Cream and Chocolate fudge warmed up in the toaster is heaven!
Today is Wednesday and I thought this would have been a shorter blog, but it seems to be quite long! apologies, I will try to get better at suming up, can't have anyone dying from my blog! Today I am going with Kylie to one of her friends and then I have work. On Saturday it is St Paddys's day and as a house we are going to Fremantal (where the ale restuarant is) to watch John Butler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnwWl_sMrwA) quite simular to Ben Harper, that kind of voice. Get to know! We have a hotel and are going to make a weekend of it. So I am sure I will have lots to talk about in my next blog, so again, until next time...