Friday, May 1, 2009

Day 16 - Last Day in Gladstone

Friday, May 1, 2009
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Today is the last full day we have here in Gladstone, so how did we celebrate...went back out to Tannum Sands. I love that beach! Today was a bit colder and we had some wind, but that didn't stop the enjoyment of the place. I just played in the sand and surf for hours and for about two hours I sat on the beach and watched parachute surfers. They were so fun to see how fast they could go and all the tricks they could do! I so wanted to go out and join them. It still amazes me how much the Aussies play, they don't worry about staying at all hours at work. Most places here shut down 1/2 day early on Friday so they'd have more relaxtion time. This is something that the U.S. should adapt!

Another thing I did today was take pictures of some random stuff that I wanted for my album when I get back home. Pictures of the hotel, the roads, some of the houses built on stilts here and of the Australian money. My mom and I learned a lesson in how to burn money...literally. The money we have is bent and curled and we wanted to make it look nice and straight, so we thought we'd put some paper on top of it and iron the wrinkles out. Oops! The Australian bills are made of plastic and is very durable, but not when it comes to hot irons. It shriveled up and burned in no time! Yeah, it sucks we lost a small bill in the damage, but we've had a great laugh about it.

The rest of the day has been spent doing laundry, packing and studying up on activities to do while in New Zealand the next few days. It's sad to think that I'm on the tail end of this trip. I don't want to go back home to reality, life as an Aussie is the life to have!


Roberta said...

So this is day #16? REALLY?! What an adventure you are having! Tell us how much longer your trip is. Did I ever know how long your trip is going to be?

orangemily said...

I love that they take time to relax.
I can't believe you burned the money, that's too funny!
I can't wait to hear about New Zealand.

ginny said...

It's going to be hard to leave there.