From the rainy city of Auckland we jumped on a plane and headed back to Australia. When we touched down in Adelaide we were met at the airport by my friend Karen who I hadn’t seen for about 16 years. This part of the trip was about catching up with Karen and her family, and as Ian had already heard so much about them, it felt really nice that he would finally get to meet them. She hadn’t changed a bit (apart from the Ozzie twang!), and her smiling face transported me back to being about 10 years old and us running around the streets having water fights.
As we stepped out of the airport and made our way to Karen’s car, it felt so nice to be back in the warmth of the sun; something I had missed so much in New Zealand. That afternoon we headed into Adelaide for a quick tour of the city, as well as to pick up our Green Day tickets for later that week!
Karen lived about 40 minutes outside of Adelaide in a place called Strathalbyn, and our time here was relaxing. We ate good food, met Karen’s friends and spent time just generally catching up. When we were kids we were inseparable, so it was nice to finally see the life that she had been living in Australia.
Everything was so chilled out, it was a completely different way of life; so easy going. It was at this point in our trip that Ian and I started to discuss the changes we would make when we returned home. It made us stop and think about the areas of our life that we were unhappy with.
Heading to a Green Day gig with Karen and her sister Stacey, it was interesting to see how different the gig was in Adelaide, to the one we’d seen in Manchester about five weeks earlier.
On the last night, we were invited to Karen’s parents for tea and it was just so lovely to catch up with them and hear their stories and experiences since moving to Australia. It was a fab end to an overwhelming part of out trip…..
The next day we had to catch an early flight to Melbourne, this would be our last stop before heading back home to the UK…..Filed under: Travels Comments Off