It has been quite a while since we posted an update – don’t know where the time has gone, but we’ve been really busy getting ready for our move back to the US. We can’t believe it, but we actually fly out two weeks today for 8 days in Japan which we’re so excited for, and then we get to LA on December 15th. We’re all moved out of our apartment (we’re living with mum and dad for the next few weeks) which was actually really sad as we’ve loved living there and have so many great memories with Leonora there too (including all the pee stains on the carpet 😉 ). We’ve found a tenant who moves in on December 1 which is great as that’s one less thing to worry about!
Last night we had a farewell party which really made it real that we’re leaving – we’re super excited for the next adventure, but it is definitely sad to be leaving all our friends here, and of course my family – we’ve loved being just a few minutes walk away, and Leonora gets so excited going to Oma’s house. The party was great fun though – we had a blast with everyone. Anthea, one of mum’s friends who makes amazing cakes, made a beautiful Australia cake for us as a surprise which was so lovely (and delicious)!
Last month Bonnie and Lou came to visit for two weeks which was so lovely. Lou hasn’t been for 7 years since Jacs first moved here and we were living in a share house with friends, so we’re so happy that he could make it so see our lives here, and our home – and see what a great setup we have. Since they were coming all the way to Australia though, we decided to make a real holiday of it, and had one weekend up in Byron Bay, and one weekend down in Melbourne – I flew from Canberra direct, so we had Thursday night – Sunday evening in each so we really got a chance to enjoy them.
In Byron, we rented a house on Air BnB and had an amazing time. It is always so great to visit Byron since it has such a nice feel, and the weather was gorgeous and we spent hours each day on the beach, or checking out the lighthouse or strolling through town – but just generally relaxing and hanging out together. Our last day there before our flight we drove up to Surfers Paradise, and wow, that is a different experience! It is intense and touristy – makes me think of Vegas on the beach almost!
The weekend in Melbourne was heaps of fun too. We used some Hyatt points to all stay at the Grand Hyatt right in the middle of the city. Mum and dad came down one night too. It was so convenient staying there and being able to stroll around town… and of course take advantage of the lounge for breakfast, evening drinks, and views over the city. We caught up with our friends Stuart and Mai from Singapore, and Byron as well who has been living there for a while. We also saw my good friend from BCG Luke, who we haven’t seen for a while between both of us going away to business school and then working in different cities. We also spent lots of time with my cousins – Pasq and Paski, Wendy and Ray – and Auntie Sheila and Uncle Frank. It is always so much fun hanging out with all of them so really glad we got down there one more time before moving. We got to check out Wendy and Ray’s house and wonder around their area (Fitzroy, which is a funky and fun part of town). We also had a lovely lunch as a family at the Stables of Como which was set in beautiful gardens so Leo could run around, and a delicious dinner at Feast of Merit in Richmond (another cool part of town) which was awesome… and gives all of its profits to charity too.
Other than all of that, our weekends always seem to be jam packed with catching up with friends and family, and trying to spend some time just us, as well as lots of time at the beach since summer is coming… although you wouldn’t guess it today with the gloomy windy weather! We’re really trying to enjoy our last little while in Sydney as much as we can – taking advantage of the beaches and checking out events like Sculptures by the Sea which is always really cool, and eating at all of our favourite restaurants. Still can’t believe we only have 2 more weeks here!
See lots of you in the US soon!
Ben, Jacs and Leonora