Wow. What a difference a week makes. I am a planner, a virtual daily calendar. I like to know what I am doing and when I am doing it and this week has forced me to shred it. I walked into a whirlwind and it has been amazing. If you had told me that I would have been able to do and see the things that I have done this week a month ago, I would have never believed you. Here is a quick rundown of the last few days since the panic attack. Sunday night freak out and I woke up ticked off on Monday that I had allowed myself to be in a panic. This will sound dumb to most of you but I have this whole issue about letting loose and having fun because I have to be the responsible one and not that anything that I did was irresponsible but I just felt like 3 days of fun was too much for me. Well, luckily for us all, I woke up on Monday and just said "screw it" and had one hell of a day. I went to the Harbour, I went to the zoo, I went to the casino, I went to eat with my new found people, and then we all went out for a night on the town. Tuesday, I visited a museum and went to Bondi Beach and then today was the kicker! I went sailing on the Harbour. That's right...me on a sailboat and almost, me floating in the water next to a sailboat. It was (bleeping) awesome. We sailed for a few hours past the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, etc. All of the iconic Sydney landmarks were on my horizon. I would have never sailed in my life but I am so grateful to have had the chance to do it. It was one of those moments that as I looked into the distance and saw the scene, I couldn't believe that my reality was once a dream. If that makes sense? To see what you dreamed of seeing. On a side note, here are some random Aussie facts. On food, they do not have "calories" listed, it says "energy" and it is in some measurement that I do not understand, so I am sure that manboobs are only a month or so away. I have lost my voice a bit, so people hear a weird accent and then a hoarse throat, so I am alluding being an American just a bit. Minger is the Aussie word for a girl who is a bit less fortunate in the looks department. People think that Americans say, "Are you serious?", "Really?", and "Are you for real?" way too much and I, unintentionally, proved that to be true. Pay attention! We really do say it a lot! So, my first group of friends that I have made here are moving on, some just to a beach town about 20 minutes away, others further. My South African BFF (which I had to explain to people here and they think it is a stupid term because well, it is) has set sail but he did promise me a place to stay in South Africa! He also explained to me the game of Cricket, all of the rules I will promptly forget unless I go to a game here because it does look interesting but complicated. So, now I must go off to bed as it is already early Thursday morning. Thank you all for reading and keep the comments coming. It is great to hear from people at home!
(Yeah, me on a boat)
(Monifah, the baby hippo and yes, her name really is Monifah!)
(A view from Manly Beach)
(@ Taronga Zoo, overlooking the city)