Sunday, May 27, 2012

Lucky Visitor #7: Lauren

Our next visitor to paradise was Chris's work colleague, and our amazing former dodgeball team member, Lauren.  Although it took an additional friend moving down under to get her on the plane, we were excited to have her with us for a few days at the beginning of her trip.

First sunset on the rocks, Manly in the background
Chris took a few days off so he picked her up from the airport and spent the next 18 hours or so keeping her moving so that she didn't fall asleep.  They made it all the way to Palm Beach and back, plus walked to Shelly and explored some of Manly.  By the time I met up with them in the evening at Murray's she was looking a bit dazed but was a trooper and managed a few beers before crashing for the evening.

On the Freshwater Cliffs, sunset Lazy-boy style

 After some well deserved sleep, the next morning we rented a boat to show her the harbor in style.  The weather was perfect for a day in the boat, definitely a million times better than a day at work!

Living the good life

On Saturday the weather continued to cooperate so I drove the girls back to Coogie and joined them on the Coogie to Bondi walk
Lauren and Katie at the start of the walk
Look at how green that water is
This is a coastal walk that winds along the different beaches on the Eastern Suburbs and is a great way to see the area.

What a place to be buried!
Bronte beach, smaller than I expected
Lauren with the graveyard in the background

This was my first trip to the "dark side" (big rivalry between the Eastern Suburbs and Northern Beaches) and while the walk was great, I'm definitely happy to be a Northern Beaches girl.

On Sunday we took Lauren to her first rugby game, which was also our first time supporting the local Manly Sea Eagles.  While we'd watched them win from the pub many times in the past, including the 2011 grand final, watching them win in person was quite exciting. 
The crowd was full of supporters and the stadium was pretty small with grassy hills on two sides for the supporters to sit on which made it feel like we were very close to the action.  It's always the best to be on the winning side and everyone toasted to victory!

Monday Chris continued with some time off and he and Lauren took a bus trip up to the Hunter Valley for some time in the sunshine and some wine tasting.  Now she's off to continue the fun with Katie to see some more of the country.

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