Thanks to my Australian family for making this one of the most memorable experiences of my life!
This is the third and final part of my wonderful Australian trip I took back in December 2014. Here are the links for the first and second part of this amazing journey:
We were out the door at 9am to drive to Manly. We had breakfast there and walked around at the local market. After touring for a bit we caught a ferry to Circular Quay and then walked to the Sydney Opera House for a guided tour which my uncle had arranged as a surprise. We learnt so much about the rich history behind this architectural wonder and it was such an interesting and enriching experience, which I would definitely recommend as a must for anyone traveling to Sydney. When the tour finished, we walked to the Museum of Contemporary Art for lunch and then went to the rocks, a well known large, local market selling anything from junk to high value items. My aunt, uncle and I strolled to the harbour bridge and walked the pedestrian path. From there you could see just about the entire city and both sides of the harbour, including the Opera House, and Taronga Zoo. I took so many photos and the view was so captivating from such a high point. Maybe next time I get a chance to travel Sydney, I’ll do the bridge walk, which means you walk on top of the frame work of the bride, attached to harnesses, ropes and pulleys of course! We walked back to the Ferry and when we got to Manly we stopped for ice-cream at the same Ben & Jerry’s parlour as previously. Due to the long day and the excessive heat, I fell asleep in the car, and the rest is history.
We drove to a nearby town, Freshwater to pick up a gammon the size of a baby for Christmas day. We had coffee at a small beachside cafe´and then drove back. My aunt and I went to the gym to have a session with the personal trainer. As soon as I was freshened up and back home, I made dinner for the family, which everyone raved about. At around 7pm my aunt and I drove to Hornsbury, a nearby mall which is open till late during the Christmas season. I went to a pharmacy there and got a second piercing in my right ear, as I had wanted one for a long time. I also did some clothes shopping and because of the sales everything was crazy cheap.
I woke up with an aching back, bum and sore thighs from the previous day’s leg workout at the gym, and the fact that my room was upstairs, and the rest of the house was downstairs didn't help… My cousin, aunt and I drove to a nearby salvation army and went thrifting. When we got home we all sat on the living room floor and wrapped up Christmas presents. My cousin and I made a traditional Hungarian treat which heir family always has at Christmas time. We watched a movie, and by the time we finished we were so tired, we went to bed.
My cousin and I slept in, and when we were finally dressed we started to set up the Christmas table, because later that night it was Christmas eve, and another set of my cousins was coming over for dinner and presents. I sat down at a creek in my Uncle’s garden but just as I started reading, I was attacked by a hoard of mosquitoes, so I decided t was best to leave. My other cousins arrived at 5pm, and dinner started at 7pm. When we were finished with supper, we went into the living room and unwrapped presents. While the rest of us went to bed, my uncle and aunt went to a Christmas sermon in church.
Worst Christmas present ever: Apparently the mosquitoes from the creek focused on my feet, so I had about 40 collective bites from my ankles down. It wasn’t so bad when I lay down, or sat, but as soon as I walked my feet itched like crazy, and there was nothing I could do about it! At lunch we all sat down to a traditional Christmas roast, with Turkey, gammon, roast veggies, potatoes and salads. When everyone left, we packed the car and drove to Avoca again. We lazed around and watched movies for the rest of the day as we were all so tired.
My feet still itched, so much so that I couldn’t even go down to the beach with my family because overtime I stepped I would shake from the itching. We went down to the shops and bought some itchy bite cream, which was sweet, sweet relief. We looked around the local surf shops and tried on some cute sundresses. We had lunch and packed up. I took a polaroid with my cousin in the lounge, with the beautiful view in the back. When we gt to their Sydney home, I packed my big suitcase, and we ate supper. The family and I talked about the trip together and I set out my clothes for the next day’s flight.
Day 22: I got up early and got my passport and documents together. I said goodbye to Bella, the cat and took one last look at my room. I said goodbye to the house and lugged my suitcase down the stairs. We packed up the car and drove to the airport and checked me and my bags in. I sat at the waiting area for airport assist, as I was traveling as an unaccompanied moonier and had to have an airport assistant. When the airport assistant got there I practically burst out into tears and it was so difficult saying goodbye to my family, who I’d only see in a year’s time. They had been so welcoming and I had grown so close to everyone. After gathering myself, and having my makeup smudges wiped off by the airport assist I shopped for traveling snack at the duty free section. I checked aboard my flight and started the long journey home.
I hoped you all enjoyed sharing this travel adventure with me, stay tuned because there will be another travel series coming soon which I am so excited for!
Until the next post
-The Traveling Oyster xxx