Apr30

Written by:Driper
Thursday, April 30, 2009 

I woke up this morning (Thursday) feeling a little worse for wear as I felt the need to go and have a beverage with Ryan and an old friend of his. They (well we) were drinking the most amazing (translation, disgusting) things ever. Wild Turkey and Ginger, Jack Daniels and Red Bull. Surprisingly they are not as bad as they sound but I fear that given I didn't drink that much they have a more damaging effect on ones feelings the next day than more normal drinks.
The weeks are starting to pass by ever quicker now and I wonder if our 12 months in the UK will be enough (as does Freda). I guess we are close to a quarter through our original estimate for staying here and yet it doesn't feel like it has been that long and we haven't really seen much of the world. It  has set in that friends and family are not just a short trip down the road and that is difficult. Freda and I both miss our family and friends. Freda's mum is now only a 45 minute flight away which is lovely for her and for the first time my parents are a world away which does give me a new perspective on how hard it has been for Freda living so far from her family for all these years.

I woke up this morning (Thursday) feeling a little worse for wear as I felt the need to go and have a beverage with Ryan and an old friend of his. They (well we) were drinking the most amazing (translation, disgusting) things ever. Wild Turkey and Ginger, Jack Daniels and Red Bull. Surprisingly they are not as bad as they sound but I fear that given I didn't drink that much they have a more damaging effect on ones feelings the next day than more normal drinks.
The weeks are starting to pass by ever quicker now and I wonder if our 12 months in the UK will be enough (as does Freda). I guess we are close to a quarter through our original estimate for staying here and yet it doesn't feel like it has been that long and we haven't really seen much of the world. It  has set in that friends and family are not just a short trip down the road and that is difficult. Freda and I both miss our family and friends. Freda's mum is now only a 45 minute flight away which is lovely for her and for the first time my parents are a world away which does give me a new perspective on how hard it has been for Freda living so far from her family for all these years.

 Plans are now coming together for a short trip next bank holiday (public holiday, long weekend) for us (Freda and I) to go away for the three days, not sure where we will go, it's all in Freda's capable hands this time. Normally I plan it all and just ask a few questions of her if she is lucky. My job is to organise our Greece trip which will include a short trip to somewhere we haven't been to just before we arrive in Greece. Given our party companions in Greece (Luke, Nicole, Kylie, Rhiannon and Nicole's mum (Debbie)) will all be in Greece from the 28th of July to the 4th of August so our timing is already fairly fixed. Our plan is to travel somewhere new and approximately on the way before we arrive in Greece.

We are expecting Rhiannon to arrive on Thursday for the long weekend coming this weekend. Looking forward to a bit of mayhem. Should be good, the only problem with long weekends and contracting is neither of us get paid.
The climate here is something which I was expecting to be a lot worse than it is (and yes, I know its not winter here). I think it has rained about 4 days out of 3 months and the sun has been out half the time we have been here.
I have to have something on current events and what better than as one reporter referred to it this morning 'the pandemic we have every 40 years, flu'. Obviously she doesn't remember SARS or I am more than 40 years old. It's the typical media here telling us how bad it is and how long ago the government new about it and supposedly did nothing. Oddly enough no one has actually explained what we should do about it and even confirmed how its transmitted, we are left to assume it transfers like any other flu.

The locals do like to ask one question though, "Why on earth would you leave Australia for the UK?"
I think when you explain that a trip to Greece from Australia is roughly 900 pounds return and 24 hours whilst for them it's about 100 pounds return and no doubt a few hours they start to understand some of it. I am quick to point out that I wont stay here, it's nice but Australia is home.

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