When mom left I moved into my friend Janetta’s place and had a relaxing few days, which is just what I needed.

I did still get out though.  On the 12th, the day mom left, I headed to Ikea then found a good shady spot near the opera house and bridge and stayed there for a good couple hours people watching, until Janetta was done with her school work for the day.

On the 13th I did laundry, which was such a good day! It was so wonderful to have fresh smelling clothes, I can’t even tell you. We did get out that night though, to a wonderful bookstore/restaurant Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar.

The 14th was a fantastic day! I got a personal tour of the university that morning. They have some lovely old buildings, and lots of green space with seating.

From here we headed down to Newtown, a really cool suburb with lots of eclectic stores.  We of course checked out every bookstore, and couldn’t stop ourselves from buying a blind date with a book.  Mine turned out to be the perfect beach read!


After a quick rest, we went downtown. While it was nice to walk through the parks, and see St. Mary’s Cathedral, the main draw was a free orchestra performance on the domain. We got there 2 hours early and it was already packed!  But it was an amazing performance, and they ended it off with a bang (literally, there were canons and fireworks). Those black dots you may see flying in the sky are actually bats, so that was pretty cool to see.

Since Saturday was a late night, we took it extra easy today. The weather here is very dramatic.  It will go from raining to 40 degree weather within minutes, so we went to the movies to avoid both the rain and the sun!  We saw Jackie, which was phenomenal, then did a little more exploring in Newtown.

There’s a lake near Janetta’s house, so we meandered there that evening, also checking out the local residential area.

It was the perfect mix of being active and resting, as I’m off to tomorrow to start 2 weeks of travelling across Canberra, Melbourne and Hobart.

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