Location: Canberra, Australia
Timeline: Week 6 (part 1) in Australia
Well, as this week came to a close, we concluded our time in Canberra and made our way to Sydney.
This Sunday we met up with our friends and we all enjoyed a day at the zoo. The Canberra zoo is small, but really nicely done. Bebe and Nadia, the two little girls, enjoyed Lizzy as much as the animals and asked, “where did Lizzy go?” anytime she was out of sight. We took the opportunity to pet wallabies one last time and we finally got to see the wombat awake who looks suspiciously like the ROUSes (rodents of unusual size) from the Princess Bride.
Monday morning Chris headed off to work while Lizzy and I went back to the pool once again to swim with Bebe. At one point during our swimming Bebe “raced” with her dad and when she won she declared, “I’m the win-i-est of the bunch!” Three-year-olds know all of the best words. After swimming and lunch we had to tell Bebe and her family good-bye, which was also sad. If we ever get to come back, Bebe will be an entirely different person by then. In the evening we were looking for something to do and remembered that an Ikea had opened that day. Canberra’s own Ikea! I like to drag Chris around furniture stores so I dragged him to this one thinking, “how many people care about a new Ikea?” It turns out A LOT care. Most stores close by 5:30 pm in Canberra so Ikea was packed! There was a line to get into the restaurant!
On Tuesday Chris was able to stay with us and he came with us to our Baby Play class. Lizzy had a bonza time having TWO adults follow her around and play with her. That afternoon we visited the National Museum and learned about Australia’s aboriginal history. It was interesting, but not relaxing since there were school children running around everywhere. That night we ate at a pub and had great food for a change. Of course we found this place on our second to last night.
Wednesday morning Chris and I took Lizzy to one last Giggle and Wiggle event at the library and enjoyed singing the different Australian songs. In the afternoon I took Chris to the enormous trampoline warehouse that I had gone for exercise class. We paid for an hour and left after 45 minutes huffing and puffing. Jumping is hard! That night we crammed all of our clothes and new souvenirs into our luggage that was soon busting at the seams and we haven’t even been to Sydney yet!