Wow. Au Pair life sure is something else! This has been an incredible 4 months, and somehow it just keeps getting better. Where do I even begin with how awesome this week has been and will be?
This past weekend the family took me on a weekend away to Mandurah (about an hour south of us). We left early Saturday morning and made it in time for an early breakfast on the canal. I enjoyed pancakes (with ice cream of course) and hot chocolate in the 95 degree heat. Weird, I know.
And there were dolphins :). lots of dolphins!
We walked around the city, and then we went to the house. The multi million dollar house. The multi million dollar vacation house. Remember those crazy, awesome, and rich Italians I spoke of during my first week here? Those would be the people. Apparently they don't use it much, and are happy to let us do so whenever we're in the area. We are so LUCKY. (here's the post if you missed it and/or are interested)
We spent the day on the water gazing at all of the beautiful houses, swimming, and crabbing. I wasn't much use, but it was fun watching Ben try to find his way around and catch dinner for us. They were too small for us to keep, but I certainly learned a thing or two. Mainly to stay the hell out of the water, and let people who know what they're doing do the work.
We got ready for the party that night, and Ben came back with cases of beer (including one of my absolute favorites) and we headed to the birthday party by boat. It was an hour long trip of pure bliss. Tanning, drinking, and jamming out to our favorite classic rock songs. We drank and ate a little too much that night, and I got a little worried when we stumbled upon a random island on our way home. It was pitch black and, by all accounts, I had no idea where we were. I didn't know if Ben did either as he had this somewhat worried look on his face, but would never let us know either way. Somehow, as usual though, he managed to get us home safe, sound and relatively intact.
On Sunday, we headed home and I spent my day recovering and packing for my upcoming trip. At dinner, the family informed me that they are buying me a plane ticket for Christmas. I was THRILLED. They knew my best friend here had some time off in January, and thought it would be a good time for me to get away. Funny thing is, I get home from my 3 week trip, just 6 days before I leave again. It's still in the works, but we're looking at heading to the east coast to Brisbane. Either that, or I save my ticket to use some other time in my remaining 8 months. We shall see! Either way, I am so so SO excited. There is no better gift than a plane ticket for someone who likes traveling as much as I do.
And if these months weren't amazing enough already, I'll be ending January with the Avicii concert and Australia day! Sounds like one hell of start to summer.
To top off EVERYTHING else, I leave on FRIDAY for the trip of a lifetime. Seriously, I'm wondering if I even have a job anymore. Anyway, here is our plan...ish.
Queenstown, New Zealand
December 20th- Leave Perth.
December 21st- Arrive. Reunite with my best friend. Explore. Recover.
December 22nd- Shop. Hike. Book our adventures. Anything is possible really :)
December 23rd- Day trip to Milford Sound.. which for the record.. looks like that ----->
December 24th- Skydive. For the first time. In the adventure capital of the world. SO excited. Will probably piss myself and/or cry the day of. Only time will tell.
December 25th- Christmas Day. We're playing this one by ear.
Auckland, New Zealand
December 26th- Leave Queenstown (South Island), and arrive in Auckland (North Island). Spend the first day and night in the city exploring.
December 27th- 30th- 25 years of life finally pays off! Renting my very first car as a big girl and spontaneously driving wherever and doing whatever. No idea where we're sleeping, if we'll be sleeping, or if we'll be homelessly living out of our car. But that's half the fun :).
These are some of our must sees- Waitomo glow worm caves, Tauranga, and some stunning beaches up north. Who knows what else we'll stumble upon.
December 30th- Off to Sydney!
December 30th- Arrive. Eat. Prepare ourselves for quite possibly the most epic night ever.
December 31st- Explore. And spend our night on this beautifully, amazing cruise. All inclusive food and drinks, under the insanely gorgeous fireworks on the harbour. Celebrate my birthday and hopefully hunt down a cute Aussie boy to kiss at midnight ;). I deserve to kiss a boy with an adorable accent for my birthday.. right?! Plus, it'll help me cope with the fact that I'm now closer to 30 than 20. woof.
January 1st- Recover. recover. recover. Birthday celebrations continue. And hopefully have some time to explore some more. The possibilities of this day are endless.
January 2nd- Head to Melbourne.
January 2nd- Arrive and explore.
January 3rd- Take the 'Great Ocean Road' tour. Can't wait. It's going to be stunning!
January 4th/5th- Spend the days with our friend Caitlyn. I see koalas, shopping, beaches, and loads of drinking in our future.
January 6th- Head home to Perth.... where my life is still so freakinggg awesome.
Home for a few days and then hopefully off to Brisbane for more fun!
Then the countdown begins for my Wisco family to arrive and my trip to Exmouth, WA with my Aussie family just after. This place apparently has the most beautiful and untouched sea life in Australia and the most turquoise water I will ever see. It's one of those hidden gems, and a yearly family road trip. I've seen pictures, and boyyyy, am I in for one hell of a week.
Holidays sure make it difficult to be away from my friends and my family, but I am so thankful for the opportunities I've been given and have created for myself while being here. Incredible things to look forward to sure make my time away from home that much more bearable. I miss and love you all.. especially during my first Christmas without my family and away from home.
Just know that I am happy, healthy, and in good hands this holiday season. I am thinking of all of you, and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years! XO.