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Back in Cairns

Monday, January 4th, 2010

What happened with our holidays? Are they finished already? Well, it definitely looks like it, since we have been back in Cairns for a few days already and the office seems to be occupied most of the time with us in front of the computer.

However, the time we managed to take off was awesome and seeing family and friends again was something we always enjoy. This time, though, we won’t take so long in going back to Brisbane, since we want our baby to meet everyone there.

We had time to do lots of things in Brisbane, apart from relaxing in the jacuzzi. We visited the Queensland Museum, where we learnt a lot about living in Australia and its flora and fauna. We also visited an exposition about costumes worn by Opera singers and ballet dancers in famous performances by Queensland companies and although we tried to visit the Brisbane Police Museum, it was closed for the Christmas period. Funny that they decided to close during their busiest time of the year. And the last day we went for a walk to the Botanic Gardens.

But not all the time was spent visiting museums and galleries. We also visited many friends and enjoyed delicious barbies at their places. My parents were always happy when there were children around, so even though they didn’t understand anything that was being said, they could always play with the kids.

Back in Cairns life is back to normal again. Lots of work and many visits to the doctor to check that they baby is doing fine. So far, it looks like it. The little devil doesn’t stop moving around and although there’s only 5 weeks to go now, they seem like a life time sentence. However, I have been promised all nigh long sleeping nights and I’m already looking forward to them.

Here you have some pics of our time away.

 

Relaxing in Brisbane

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Our eleven days of holiday (thanks to our awesome team of Sarah and Becky!) are coming to an end, but I have to be honest… it seems like a month since we left Cairns!

 It has been hectic at times, racing from place to place to meet friends and family, and sometimes it has been a bit stressful trying to keep everyone happy. But Maria and I are trying to make the most of it, and started the day with a dip in the jacuzzi, overlooking Brisbane’s central business district…

Tonight we will have dinner with friends and then return to our city apartment to hopefully catch a glimpse of the midnight fireworks. Happy New Year to all of you, and I hope that 2010 is a terrific year for you, and for the little planet which we share.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Monday, December 28th, 2009

We finally managed to get away from the office for a whole 11 days. The saddest thing is that we are already halfway through. Anyway, it’s great to be away, enjoying spending time with the families.

Yes, we took my family to meet Steve’s family, although some of them had already met in Spain. But my parents hadn’t met his Mum and they were all looking forward to it (or so we hoped). It seems it went well and no major disasters happened although we have the advantage that we can translate what we want, so we’re a big part in avoiding them, as long as Andrew and Helen are not around, since they speak very good Spanish.

We first went to the Gold Coast, where we spent a night in Surfers Paradise. Beautiful location, right on the Esplanada. We took my parents to a Surfing Club, so they could experience Aussie culture first hand. They loved the whole idea and the food was delicious, so that was a plus, since my Dad is pretty fussy with anything that isn’t Spanish food.

The day after, the 23rd, we headed for Stanthorpe, Steve’s hometown. His Mum was waiting for us, completely excited. Don’t know how she does it, but she looks younger every time we see her. We also spent some tim with his two brothers, partners and his two little nephews, who are gorgeous (I mean the nephews, Flynn and Joseph). Hopefull Junior, our little baby, will be as well behaved adn they are.

And the 24th, when we celebrate Christimas Eve in Spain, our biggest celebration of the whole season, we organised a traditional Aussie barbecue with the two families. together. It was really good. My parents couldn’t believe that in the middle of the Northern Hemiphere winter we are still wearing summer clothes and enjoying high temperatures. It will be a real experience for them. They are enjoying themselves, although they are finding spending Christmas during summer time a bit weird. Well, I haven’t been able to get used to it and still miss the cold, the snoe or the winter clothes. I don’t think I will ever be able to get used to it completely.

On the 25th we had a lovely Christmas lunch at a restaurant, so nobody had to cook for 11 of us. But first, it was the presents exchange, which I’m sure everybody enjoyed. However, it’s always more exciting when there are children in the family and although we all had lots of presents, including Junior, we were all mesmerized with Flynn and Joseph opening theirs. I loved all of mine, mostly the 160GB IPOD my lovely boyfriend, yes, I mean Steve, gave me. And in case you are wondering, no, nobody got drunk or started a fight.

It was time to leave Stanthorpe again, heading to the Sunshine Coast for a couple of nights, where we were planning to visit Australia Zoo. However, today has been raining heavily and sadly we decided to give it a miss. Besides, the accommodation we chose for those two nights (Beerwah PUb, the only place we could find available for less than five nights) was absolutely disgusting and we couldn’t spend more than one night there, even though we had paid for two. Luckily we got some money back and right now we’re enjoying the luxuries of our 29th floor balcony overlooking the Brisbane River and the Story Bridge, where, hopefully, we will be able to see the New Year’s Eve firework up close.

And, by the way, TODAY IT’S MY BIRTHDAY. I’m too vain to say how old I am, though, so I will keep you all wondering.