Thursday 9th April – Monday 13th April – 4 months, 24 – 28 days
So a couple of weeks ago, in an email exchange, the lovely Kristy asked if I would want to go to Darwin for Easter with her and the equally lovely Kevin. Flights were not too expensive (I knew I should hang onto those savings for something) so I said Yay! And an awesome weekend was had by all.
I spent Thursday doing things in Darwin that I cannot do in Timor and thus spared Kristy and Kev from severe boredom. Rest assured, though, *I* thoroughly enjoyed the novelty of being in a country with 24 hour electricity, safe tap water, hot showers, and a city centre that was oh so easy to get around. Now I am v. bad with directions and finding shops in general, so it was truly amazing to easily find Woolies, the post office and the doctor all on my own.
On Saturday it got even better – we caught a bus across town! A bus! With aircon! And bus timetables! Oh my!
Seriously, it isn’t just me, everyone gets like this when they come back from Dili (and other countries, I’m sure, but I haven’t travelled much, remember). I shared a taxi from the airport with another girl from Dili and she confided in me that she was really looking forward to going to Woolies, and I was all ‘OMG ME TOO’. haha.
Really it was a quiet weekend, just dvd watching and swimming in the hotel pool (yay, pool), shopping (I went to Dymocks! Bliss!), cooking etc. We saw The Boat That Rocked at the cinema – I never thought I’d miss the cinema because I’m not really a big movie goer, I just go when others want to, but I was dying to go.
It was also fantastic being able to call people and have them call me – I am so glad I kept my Australian mobile service, even if global roaming is disgustingly expensive. Free calls within Australia for one weekend of the year was worth it. Especially since everyone was so lovely to me on the phone thankyou.
The other super fun bit was eating dinner at The Duck’s Nuts bar. (A) for the name (b) because they played a swing song, Kev and I danced, and in that way that when you’re swingdancing in a place people don’t usually swingdance, we got stares and applause. Hehe.
Oh and guess how much I spent at the chemist? No, really, guess.
totally worth it!
Thankyou again Kristy and Kev for suggesting such an awesome idea (I didn't tell you this, but I was dying to go to Australia or at least on holiday somewhere but didn't want to go on my own) AND for all the fun AND for the extremely pretty necklace.