haha. someone sent me a message last night and said Happy Good Friday! Sorry, i haven't sent it, as I've inly had limited access to internet. But yes... HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY!!! but sad, as I am having breakfast in a cafe on the street, I am getting ready to say good bye to this wonderful city.
the sights... the smells... the sun... the sand... the scammers... everything.
i just over 2 hours to go before I start my long and slow journey home... the 'cheapest' flight includes a 9hr stopover in singapore, although now I'm wondering why on earth I thought that was a good idea! haha.
so many beautiful churches, so much ice-cream... catching up with old friends and making some new ones... what a great holiday!
hohum... i hear it's VERY cold back in sydney... lucky i brought some jumpers with me.
and finally... i was in a bookshop with Andrés and stumbled across this book. haha. just a bit of what i'm thinking right now...
i like it the other way around... why be normal when you could be happy!?!?
and finally, a quote that i have seen floating around, I liked so much... i decided to buy it on a magnet...
(sagrada familia, 10 years on, still not finished, but VERY different to the last time I was here. Due to be finished in 2026)
I can't believe apparently, I didn't postanything last year. haha, I mustn't have been having an adventure last year. oh well... i think i was, maybe just nothing I felt like celebrating.
well, 2016 brings who knows what!? It's half over and I'm skipping over winter for a summer in spain.
I have spent many days wandering the streets of barcelona and being reaquainted with the smells, sounds and sights of a town i love.
Clem, a flatmate from London, 10 years ago came and joined me for a touristic weekend in barca and we caught up with Lucia, who we also lived with all those years ago. I have also caught up with Andres and Irene (in Zaragoza) both whom I met in Australia.
Thank you Jose, for giving a place to stay in barcelona and Irene for a place in zaragoza.
Lots of time to think, read and be in my favourite country on earth. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to be back here.
loving the sculptures in barca. this is one paying homage to the cataluña tower men
ahhhh... segway tour! haha. yay
me and clem infront of another sculpture
me and andres at beer o'clock
i'm in love with some of the artwork/designs for the sagrada familia
the church in plaza pilar in zaragoza. i love the coloured tiles on the roof.
i love the fact the shopowners are smoking and drinking in the doorway at work... haha. different world!
still loving the old street lights. i don't think i'll ever tire of them.
Lucia, my old flatmate from London, reminded me, I once said I was going to live in Barcelona. I somehow forgot that dream... I am now wondering how I can go about actually living that dream! (or maybe live somewhere else in spain). Let's see what life throws my way!
anyways, at least I have posted something for 2016! more adventures in life to come!
well... another day in beautiful wellington. the kids are at the grandparents house and it's rainy and wet, so we don't know what to do with ourselves...
maybe go pick the kids up. haha. well, none of the kids are in hospital... yay... mon and matt are well enough... and well, it's just lovely to hang out with them all.
the kids that i met when they were 6months and 18months are now 4 and 5 years old. it's crazy to watch kids grow so much from a distance...
hanging out has been so much fun! picking kids up from school, going to an open mic night in a community hub centre, watching pixar films, getting help with my sick computer... you know how it goes... playing bubble soccer! haha.
matt and i have been set the task of painting the house and mowing the lawn whilst mon is at uni but the weather hasn't been good enough yet, too cold and too wet.
i haven't taken many photos, hopefully i'll take a couple more next week. :)
hope you are well.
ahhhhh... the neightbours house that matches the day... mon and matt's house is blue. well... mostly! haha
and this is me in a bubble... about to play soccer. bizarre!
ahhhhhhh... it's nice to be away again in Elsewhere. Another quck trip to Jindabyne before a week in New Zealand visiting Mon, Matt and the boys.
And how lovely it was to be away. A leisurely daytime drive down to Jindy. How nice it was to cook in the light and see the sunset at the campsite... our jindy home. then a school holiday must... a SLEEP IN!!!! oh, how lovely. a quick yoga and then a day by the lake in jindy, just enjoying the holiday pace. back ro our campsite to cook by daylight again.
Quick drive up to perisher, but the groomed trails for cross countey skiing were long gone. to hire skiis or just play in the snow?? just enjoy the snow. it wasn't to be this year. but we still enjoyed the relax out of sydney. and the coffees from cbd cafe in jindy. a coffee by the lake and start the leisurely trip home.
stop at a rest area outside cooma and cook in the light by a river and then rest well for the drop in to the grandparebts and the drive back to sydney ready for a volunteering shift.
a quick unpack and pack ready for new zealand for tomorrow... ahhhhhh.
hope you are enjoying too!!!
our visitor to our camp the first night...
elsewhere settles in for the night
using my new hammock for the first time!!!! woohooooo
strike a pose in jindy
our newly discovered campsite outside of cooma. ahhhhh
in the background, if you squint, you can see the hollywood sign!!! haha
Last stop on this little whirlwind visit some of the people close to my 💜 who live overseas trip!
MICHAELMICHAELMYFRIENDMICHAEL (ooooooooooh) and his beautiful wife Kristy!!!
Oh, and relive the memory of playing californian games on the computer as a kid. woohooo.
i think the photos pretty much tell themselves. i flew into LA, had dinner with Dikko (MMMFM oooooh) and chatted for a bit. kristy and dikko live in marina del rey. the next day, i walked to venice beach and explored. LOVE IT!!! i then hired a bike to go to Santa Monica, but my ture got flat half-way there. so i walked my bike back. haha. and just wandered around the beach. felt like i was in baywatch!!
then... yes, i did it... i took a red bus tour the next day. it was the easiest way to get from Marina Del Rey to the sights. And they are actually very informative!! Did you know........ (insert interesting fact about LA here...)
then today, well, i went rollerskating... california games style (but without falling over and throwing a tanty) and LOVED IT!! then we went to the getty museum.
this is a free museum with amazing works!! renoirs, monets, munch, and heaps of other works AND an amazing building and views over the city!! what a great way to end my time here.
then if course, a burger and fries for dinner before mmmfm and kristy drop me at LAX...
GOOD BYE UNITED STATES... HELLO AUSTRALIA (in like 16hours).