Following on from last weeks post, it seemed only right to start this blog off with Sunday's souvenir of the day - Cruella de Vil's dream lampshade.
Sunday started off with a long lie followed by an amazing brunch at The Rusty Rabbit - scrambled eggs & bacon and Craig definitely couldn't say no to the side of halloumi! We were lining our stomachs as we had tickets for the Craft Drinks Market where we got to sample some amazing local beers, gins and wines - the perfect way to spend a Sunday! Craig's favourite was the Double Dark Red beer from Six String Brewing Co. whilst Katy was big fan of the newly released savoury gin from Dad & Dave's Brewing.
After having our fill of the free samples at the market we headed back to our apartment for a chilled out evening in front of Home Alone to get us in the Christmas spirit!
The souvenir's of the day are still coming! Monday's is the "Mask".
Monday was an extremely quiet day for us. Craig had been told he would hear back from his interview today so we spent most of the day waiting for the phone call to let us know one way or another. You see, we had made the rather last minute decision over the weekend that if the porter position was not to be; we were going to cut our losses and leave Australia behind to continue our travels on to South East Asia. This would mean we would be coming home a little bit earlier from our travels but would allow us to continue exploring rather than the constant job hunt.
By the time Craig received the confirmation that he had not been successful, we were both actually pretty excited at the prospect of getting to continue our travels rather than continuing job hunting. This meant that as soon as we got the news we were straight on the phone to STA to change our flight out of Sydney, we went in to planning overdrive and had flights and accommodation booked for Singapore and Bangkok no less than an hour later. Heading to bed on Monday night we were pretty confident we had made the right call!
The penultimate, souvenir of the day is the watchful lady who guarded the front door.
Due to the smoke on Tuesday (there is honestly no filter on the photo) we decided we'd rather stay inside as much as possible so our day pretty much followed on from Monday night, continuing to plan, organise and put together a vague itinerary for the next 4 months. Craig got his hair cut, Katy made endless lists of things we would need to pick up before we left Australia and we just, in general, got very very excited.
And the final souvenir of the day is the giant Buddha Head which adorned the coffee table.
On Wednesday, we checked out of our very quirky Airbnb and moved on to another at Darling Harbour for our final 2 nights in Sydney. The 4 hours between checking out of the first one and checking in to the second one were spent in Starbucks (stealing their wifi) to continue the planning. This was then pretty much the theme for the rest of the day!
We had an early morning wake up call on Thursday as we had lots to get through before we headed off. First stop was the bank, to close our accounts - the staff did seem a bit confused that we were closing them after a month and no money moving in or out of them! Then we hit the shops to pick up a fews bits that we were in dire need of. There was only so much longer Craig could wear trainers with a hole in them and all the dye had run out of 2 pairs of Katy's shorts - backpacking life is so glamorous!! Next job for the day was doing a bit of trailing round pharmacies to make sure Craig had enough of a supply of antihistamines to keep his hay fever at bay and, the obviously required, factor 50 sunscreen! Last on the list was a Lifestraw for each of us and we were done. Back to the apartment to get ourselves packed, we had one final meal at Macchiato's and the alarm was set for the next morning.
On Friday we had a quick breakfast from Cafe 80 and then caught for the train from Central Station to the airport.
Flying with Scoot (long haul Ryanair), 8.5 very turbulent hours later we arrived in Singapore and both vowed never to do a long haul flight with such a budget airline again! But hey we had a nice room for the night booked in the Yotelair at Changi airport. So after a quick meal at Pizza Express (sometimes you just can't beat the home comforts!) we crashed out.
Next stop, Bangkok! (Where our blog content will hopefully improve beyond pictures of trinkets in our accommodation, thanks for all who have stuck with us the last month!)
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