Back from Australia!!!

  1. WOW pretty much sums it all up. Aussie and her people are AWESOME (or is that.... Aussome? :roll). We visited Grace OZ in her hometown (she AND her hometown are fabulous), went to a wedding where my 13 y/o son was best man, met many wonderful people and saw many amazing things.

    Here's the things we ran out of time before doing, so are on the list for the next visit: Rottnest Island, Manly & Bondi Beaches, Kings Cross & Darling Harbour & Paddington Markets, Indian Pacific train ride from Sydney to Perth, Underground Motel, camel rides, Taronga Park Zoo, and sea kayaking.

    Here's the things we did that we will definitely do again the next time we're in Australia: Fremantle, Kings Park, Surfing, Monkey Mia, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Mt. Lofty, visit Grace OZ & her family (we even gave her an American Quilt, handmade by my mother).

    Here's the food we fell in love with: Chips with Malt Vinegar and/or chicken salt; custard (TOTALLY not the same as American custard), white tea, meat pies, and REAL scones with REAL thickened cream. And the barramundi wasn't too bad - despite the fact that as a general rule I hate fish!

    And here is a brief highlight of the fabulous things we did this time around... Fremantle Markets: had our sketches drawn by a sidewalk artist, bought some neato pottery, fish & chips. Monkey Mia: got to stand up to our knees in the sea while wild dolphins came up and swam right by us (within touching distance), flew over the Pinnacles on the way, laid on the absolutely stunning beach (topless tolerant, too!) - we decided that family reunions there will be required every 5 years from now on!!!. Blue Mountains: shopping & scenery, the candy store at Leura is to die for. Kings Park: beautiful landscaping, climbed the DNA tower, picnicked there twice. Sydney: Harbour cruises, trains, buses, taxis, Circular Quay, The Rocks (highly recommend the Harbour Rocks Hotel), Featherdale Wildlife Park where we got to be the very first visitors to see, hold, and take pictures of a brand new baby wallaroo, walked on The Harbour Bridge, ate dinner in the revolving restaurant of the Sydney Tower, tea in the Tea Room at the Queen Victoria Building, a wonderful symphony show at The Opera House, and Mom got to go to church at Hillsong, which is apparently world famous. Perth: Geocaching, a perfect and utterly fabulous wedding, Burswood Dome craft & quilting show (where I found Definitely Different Bears, the neatest company ever - and spent waaaay too much money on really unique and wonderful bear kits & doll patterns, lol), Perth Zoo, Ms. Maudes, surfing lessons & swimming in the Indian Ocean. Adelaide: Central Markets, Victoria Square, Mt. Lofty, Hahndorf, Glenelg, Haigh's Chocolate shop.

    And much, much more. The Aussie folk are astoundingly friendly, the weather could not have been more ideal, security in the community and the airways was high, and everything was so beautiful over there. I join the ranks of people who've been to Australia and never wanted to come home. Well actually, I did want to come home, because I missed Mister and Big Buddy Weasel - but Wee Weasel could have happily stayed there for the rest of his life. As it was, I bribed several years of chores out him by promising that since he now has an Uncle in Australia he has my permission to spend as much time there as he's allowed by the Authorities, so long as he earns the ticket money each time. I imagine he'll be back every summer, and he's already researching immigration laws, looking for ways he can get there permanently as soon as he's 18.

    I know that several of you were anxious for news of my trip, including Grace OZ - although I've been in touch with her individually of course. So here you go. It was the best vacation of my life. Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Nurse Ratched
    Nurseweasel - that's so neat . I saw where GraceOz had posted briefly of your visit, but she wanted to leave the details for you to report. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Glad you made it home safe.
  4. by   gwenith
    Glad you liked it and if you ever come Queenlsand way I am sure we can show you some of the most beautiful coastline and crystla cela water that you have ever seen!! lol
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Sounds like an amazing adventure. Welcome back home.
  6. by   P_RN
    Oh that sounds wonderful!
  7. by   NurseWeasel
    Not having to cook, clean, do dishes or laundry, or even DRIVE for 2 whole weeks. It kinda freaked me out when I got in the car to drive to town yesterday and realized it had been over 2 weeks since I'd been behind a wheel, lol. Of course, I've been doing laundry like crazy since we got back, but Mister had the entire house absolutely spotless for me when I got home *falls over* :kiss
  8. by   Mkue
    Welcome back, sounds like an awesome trip !
  9. by   PennyLane
    Wow that sounds great! Brings me back to my Australia trip. Glad you go to do so much!!!
  10. by   BadBird
    Wow, sounds like a amazing vacation, I wish it was me that went, LOL.. Welcome back.
  11. by   Grace Oz
    G'day My Friend!.....
    WELCOME! Great to see you posting on Allnurses again! :-) Thanks for the kind words. *Blushes*
    It was an honour to be able to make you welcome here "Down Under".
    Now, git to it & DO those assingments! LOL
  12. by   Grace Oz
    My BEAUTIFUL American quilt is just that......
    BEAUTIFUL!!!!.... What an awesome gift! I'm still marvelling over it. You should see this quilt folks, it's SO lovely! I'll treasure it ALWAYS!
    Thanks again Weasel! :-) AND... FARFROMQUIET! LOL
    Grace xx
  13. by   Tookie
    I am sorry that l havent been posting recently maybe you could have fitted in a visit in my direction of the North east of Victoria - or met you down in melbourne - there is a lot in Melbourne to offer - although l dont thnk l would get into a discussion with Grace at the moment about footy
    Did you get to a real football game whilst you were here by that l do mean - Australian rules
  14. by   NurseWeasel
    Hi Tookie, I guess I will need to schedule in a visit with you and with gwenith next time! I didn't get a chance to see any footy, but Wee Weasel watched some on TV with "the guys" the night before the wedding, and is now HOOKED. I asked for a videotape of some Aussie Rules games for him, for his birthday next month, but.... we've just discovered when we plugged in the video from the wedding that we've got to figure out how to get the PAL format videos from your neck o' the woods to work in our American players. Bummer. Well I guess that gives me something to do today, eh? =)

    Thank you all for your warm "welcome home" posts, and (((hugs))) for Grace OZ. FARFROMQUIET, by the way, is my mother, lol. She's a clown. Literally. But that's a whole other subject, for another day. Moving on now. :hatparty: