I woke up on our day planned for exploring the city with bad cramps (thank you mother nature) so I wasn’t feeling on top of my game. The weather seemed to agree with how i was feeling and was humid and overcast. Karen, Caitlin and I went for a stroll through a soggy Botanic Gardens and waked over the Goodwill Bridge to the trendy South Bank area and after windowshopping and peeking at the empty artificial beach we got sushi for lunch. By this point the heavens opened and I was really not feeling well and just wanted to go hide under a duvet, but we stuck around looking through the rainforest and temple (in the middle of a city, bizarre) and got gourmet hot chocolate. As soon as the rain wore off the humidity maxed out, and i could feel my hair puffing up Monica style, I’m not going to lie im looking forward to being able to straighten it properly when I am back in Inverness. Eventually we accidentally got the longest bus possible home which took us through some interesting areas and i got to nap at home. On Wednesday night Clint and I were home alone and whiled away the evening with films, beer and guitar hero while Caitlin and Karen went to see Carol King perform.
Thursday was pretty “cruisy” as the aussies say. Caitlin, Clint, Karen and I spent the day chilling and running errands, and I made a Amarula chocolate cheesecake for valentines dinner that evening with Clints parents, Helen and Lindsay. We had a beautifully relaxed 3 course dinner at home, and Helen and Lindsay entertained us by regaling stories of when they were in their 20s and had just met – after all it was Valentines Day!
Friday to Sunday was dedicated “Caitlin and Karina time”, since Karen sadly left early on Friday morning to go back to Durban. We went on walks, shopped and hung out. I feel so lucky to have grown up with a cousin who is the same age as me, we have shared the same childhood and I am glad that we get on like a house on fire. Or should i say a bushland on fire… I already feel sad about having to go back to the UK and saying goodbye.