There's a rat in me kitchen what am I gonna do?
Trip Start Apr 30, 2007
69Trip End Nov 29, 2008
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Where I stayed
103 Merthyr Road, New Farm
Well since my last blog, which was merely a week ago so much has changed (oh no surprise there then!)
Last Tuesday (12th) and Wednesday (13th) I worked in the Director-General's office as a PA to Mary O'Dea who is the Manager up there. I met Jim Varghese the Director-General and had a chat with him and organised an afternoon tea get together for a lady who had recently left. I loved it! It was an amazing experience working so high up for the Government over here and I also got a taster for PA work which I actually really enjoyed. A backpacker has never sat in that position before so I feel quite honoured that they asked me to do it and not another PA from another department who is already fully trained
Anyway, after my little stint in the DG's office I moved into 103 Merthyr Road, New Farm with Stef, Zac, Brock, Adam, Baxter (the dog), Arnie (the turtle) & Moses (the 3 legged cat). Their house is massive and even has its very own olive tree in the garden! The only thing holding it from being perfect are the huge spiders hanging around in both the front and the rear gardens.. and don't even get me started on the utility room under the house. Oh and I point blank refuse to go anywhere near the outside dunny. No way josť.
So anyway, Stef's room is off the main corridor as you walk in the front door. Her room is large and has a dressing table, wardrobe, huge bed and a coat stand. Then she has a door through to her oversized en-suite shower room
The boys informed us they were holding a party for their friend Ainsley as it was her birthday on Friday but promised no one would be allowed in the house.. only underneath and outside. Stef and I were off to the Raggamuffin festival anyway so we didn't mind.
It rained on and off all day Friday so by the time we had got home from work, Stef and I were not looking forward to heading to the festival as it's all outdoors on a huge hill... therefore loads of mud and bad hair do's. So we didn't bother to get too dressed up and left it until a bit later to head over. Thankfully the rain held off although it was slightly muddy. I have never in my life seen such a massive queue for a bar. Can you believe the Riverstage holds 9,000 people and only had one bar. One. That's right.. one. Stuuuuuupid people. The queue was 1000 people deep! We stood there for a bit dancing and singing along to the Wailers but really needed a drink so just before UB40 came on, we gave in and queued for the bar
What can I say!? I love UB40. I didn't realise how much until we saw them live. I also didn't realise I know all the words to all the songs but apparently I do. I know who to thank for that.. McBefly!! The atmosphere was brilliant, so laid back. Anyway, we danced and drank and sang our little hearts out and then whistled, clapped and chanted until there was an encore and then we hit the pubs! Stef kept reminding me of how we were part of history.. meaning UB40 have been together for 30 years and this was their last tour together before Ali went off to do solo stuff. So obviously we had to celebrate that. After a few bars in Brisbane centre we decided to head back to Stef's to check out the party. Whilst walking through Queens Street, Stef found a little book of righteous truths (a book of phrases and poems about God and Jesus). She read them out loud to everyone and anyone that would listen including poor un expecting Ben who worked in the bottle shop. Looking back, I actually feel really sorry for him. Stef was at the counter reading quotes from the book and I was on the phone to Aimee as she rang to tell me she had (finally) booked her flights out to Australia!! woo hoo!!
Anyway, after terrorising Ben for a bit we headed back to Stef's to the party.
Anyway, back to Aimee... yes, so she is all booked now and I have booked my journey to Perth. So the definitive plan goes:
14th March - Last day at work
18th March - Fly to Vanuatu
24th March - Fly back from Vanuatu
25th March - 8:40am Aimee Lands in Brisbane
25th - 2nd April - show Aimee Brisbane, the Gold Coast and hopefully Byron Bay
2nd April - Both Aimee and I fly to Melbourne
2nd - 9th April - Hire a car and drive the Great Ocean Road, possibly stopping off at a few locations along the way (with B and Stef as well hopefully). Head into St Kilda and do the Neighbours tour and generally show Aimee around Melbourne
9th April - Fly to Perth
Then meet up with Katie, find somewhere to live and get a job. Settle in Perth for the foreseeable.
Aimee is due to stay with me out here and travel the west coast with me and then Asia.. ready to be home just before Christmas. We'll see if those plans change once or twice!!!
In other news, I have booked to go to Cairns this weekend! Another last minute decision. It's Jake's 21st birthday (I used to work with Jake at the Woolshed) and he has been on and on at me for weeks about coming back to Cairns to celebrate and I keep explaining to him that I cant afford it etc etc and then he offered to pay $100 towards my flights and so I kind of couldn't say no as flights were relitively cheap. Plus everyone is getting together (who I used to work with) and I know it will be such a laugh. I am staying at Jakes so don't need to pay for accommodation and all my drinks will be free as I used to work there so to be fair it's not really going to cost anything to go there. So I've booked up. I'm really looking forward to it actually. It will be really nice to catch up with everyone again as it will be the last time I see them.
Tessa, the Canadian girl I did my Bungee jump with, rang today to say she's living in Burleigh Heads (which is just off Surfers) and needs a model for a job interview at a beauty salon. So she is booking me in for an afternoon of pampering next week when I get back from Cairns.. which I am sure I will need!! How nice is that?!
I also had to have the second lot of colouring on my hair at the weekend as it was going blonde really quickly. It's now practically black, which I actually really like. I will post some pics soon enough.. probably of the carnage that will be Cairns.
So anyway, until then I am sending much love to you all as always.