September 4, 2011

August: Day by Day

Wandering what Dave and I did in the month of August when were first starting our adventure in Australia? Well, wonder no more.....

August 31, 2011:
  • Apartment sprayed for roaches! YAY!
  • Went to Hogs Breathe Cafe for lunch..ick
  • Walked to Tree of Knowledge Park..feel enlightened now!
  • Walked sunset at Queens Wharf
August 30, 2011:
  • Hot Chocolate and Cupcake 
  • Afternoon in the park: Me reading and Dave playing rugby by himself
  • Dave met a local who kicked the ball around with him
August 29, 2011:
  • Trip to library and to get hot chocolate
  • Went wandering further down Darby Street and found our way to Bar Beach
August 28, 2011:
  • Grocery shopping..cause that is what we do on Sunday!
  • Went to Stockton to do the Shipwreck Walk and watched the sunset
August 27, 2011:
  • Woke up to landlord pounding on our door...she just had updates for us.
  • Friendly carpenter fixed the hole in our bathroom wall.
  • Cleaned the apartment.
  • Ate supper at Turkish restaurant and ate a Pide for the first time. 
  • Watched the Final Game of the Tri Nation (Wallabies vs. All Blacks). Beginning to really enjoy watching Rugby!
August 26, 2011:
  • Got our first Aussie haircuts!
  • Figured out where the coach terminal was.
  • Researched and began discussions for future trips out of Newcastle.
  • Watched The Farmers Wants a Wife and I fell in love with Farmer Kev!
  • FaceTime Chatted with my sister and nieces!!!!
August 25, 2011:
  • Took train into Sydney for the day!
  • Saw The Rocks Settlement, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanical Gardens.
  • Watch sunset over the bridge and the opera house light up.
  • Ate at Hungry Jack's
  • Took over 450+ photos
August 24, 2011:
  • Got loads of stuff done in the morning!
  • Went running at beach and Nobbys Head...walked back!
  • Went to new park and read under the tree
  • Dave made supper for the first time in Australia!
August 23, 2011:
  • Shipped first PhotoSho order from Aussie
  • Walked around Market town area
  • Ate Indian food
  • Went to Newcastle Beach close to sunset
  • Dave got stung by Jellyfish...I laughed because I am a supportive wife
August 22, 2011:
  • Shipped off first set of pressies to the states (WAAAYYY expensive)
August 21, 2011:
  • Went out to eat for lunch at Zinc
  • Searched for the Newcastle Sunday Paper..found the Saturday Paper
  • Got caught in another Newcastle drizzle
  • Watched 4 episodes of Bones in bed
  • Watched the newest episode of Bones on the boob tube
August 20, 2011:
  • Dave and I slept with the light on so I didn't have to worry about the roaches
  • Went to Centerary Antique Center 
  • Took first ferry ride to Stockton
  • Got caught in storm (was pelted by rain!)
  • Saw a very large ship come into the harbor
  • Cooked first meal on the stove, Alfredo!
August 19, 2011:
  • Woke up late (and cranky) due to little sleep because I kept thinking roaches were going to crawl on me!
  • Weather was dreary and drizzly
  • Went to Aldi for pop, chips, chocolate, ice-cream, and Raid
  • Sprayed the crap out of the apartment with Raid!
  • Had cake and ice-cream..yum!
  • Played Scrabble and took a little break to kill two roaches
  • Watched first 2 episodes of The Wire
  • Cleaned up another HUGE roach in the shower before heading to bed
August 18, 2011:
  • Went to Newcastle Regional Art Gallery
  • Got library card (well..Dave did) and checked out some books
  • Went shopping for pressies on Darby Street
  • First workout session in a LOOOONG time! We went through our area The (steep) Hills.
  • Found new park for us to sit under palm trees and read the day away
  • Killed the BIGGEST roach ever! It was an Australian it!
August 17, 2011:
  • Lazy day to the overcast and drizzle!
  • Changed lightbulb (how exciting and home ownerish of us)
  • Found post office and sent out our first post (costs $2.35 to mail a letter to US)
  • Found local used bookstore and searched the many many shelves
  • Curled up under blankets watching tv
August 16, 2011:
  • Used our stove for the first time...and made the smoke detector off multiple times!
  • Went to Kotara to Blackbutt Reserve
  • Pet a Koala
  • Saw baby koala and joey plus many beautiful birds
  • Had our first meal at our apartment (well...warmed up pre-cooked lasagna!)
August 15, 2011:
  • Slept in because my crazy husband talked about people coming in and scared me so I didn't fall asleep until late!
  • We played catch with our rugby ball in our little backyard
  • Got our phone to work!!
  • Bought pressies for the family!
  • Dave got a cricket bat to hit intruders with (he had a baseball bat in the states!)
  • Booked our trip to Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand!!
  • Called home for the first time!
August 14, 2011:
  • Went to Marketown Shopping Area
    • Woolworths
    • Big W
  • Bought phone at Big W (kind of like Walmart)
  • Bought groceries at Woolworths and walked back 30 min with all our purchases
  • Played travel Scrabble into the night
  • Watched Bones on TV (first time ever doing this)!
August 13, 2011:
  • Moved into new apartment! Then spent the rest of the day cleaning, disinfecting, and doing laundry!
  • Went to Go-Lo and purchased items for our apartment, we then carried our items up the STEEPEST HILL EVER!
  • Discovered the netflix and hulu do not exist over in Australia (boooooooooo!)
  • Ate at TakeAway Burgers on Darby Street, where we indeed did take away our burgers and ate them in our new apartment!
  • Spent the rest of the evening cuddled on the couch watching tv!
August 12, 2011:
  • HUGE storm in the morning, the wild was howling outside our window!
  • Went to Newcastle Museum 
  • Got apartment in The Hills area. Costs 340/wk. and is fully furnished
  • Ate at Blue Water Pizza and ordered the Texas pizza.
  • Due to the pizza being way small we ate Fish and Chips from Scotties and took them to the beach to eat.
August 11, 2011:
  • Checked into the YHA Hostel (my first hostel)
  • ate lunch at Scotties on Scott Street; we sat outside at a rickety table just like the travel book stated. The meal was DELISH!
  • Grabbed hot chocolate and a chocolate muffin, ate it at a table on the beach watching the waves crash into the waves. 
  • Ate supper at The Brewery on the Wharf for free with the YHA.
  • Shared an ice cream bar, tim tams, and water on the beach at night.
August 10, 2011:
  • Took our first train ride  to Adamstown to see a potential place to live. We saw the outside and turned right around. The place looked like a cracked out hotel!! SCARY!
  • Took our first bus ride to Charlestown to go to the Apple store. Charlestown is where you have to go for the bigger stores and shopping. 
  • We went to the Typo store in Charlestown Mall and it was AMAZING, heard Conor Oberst playing over the speaker system (heart), and visited the MPLS's love, Target. 
  • For supper we went to Goldeys on Darby Street and had large portions of great food. 
August 9, 2011:
  • Woke up and watched cricket in bed
  • Opened Australian bank account at NAB (Serena helped us..she was great!)
  • Walked Darby Street and fell in love with funky stores and cafes
  • Made friends with worker at Peak Cafe
  • Visited the library!
  • Filled out our census form for Census Night! Takes place every 5 years!!
August 8, 2011:
  • Blew circuit in hotel room by trying to turn on my flat iron
  • Walked & explored NE Newcastle for 6 hours
    • Nobbys Beach
    • Newcastle Beach
    • King Edwards Park
    • Obelisk
    • Hunter Street Mall
  • Saw girl in Minnesota shirt
  • Watched Monday Night Football (Rugby League): Rabbitohs vs. Eels

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