Each week I make a list of things I think would be fun to do on the weekend so when we get stuck for ideas we have something to refer to (getting lost in Big W – not one of those things). And every Saturday morning and sit around for two hours trying to decide what to do – never consulting the list, this week was no different. After Saturday morning escaped us we finally agreed to simply enjoy the beautiful weather and go for a walk in King Edward State Park.
Can I just tell you my favorite walks are the ones where I am reminded to bring my camera, because that means not only are we walking, but basically get to stop every 2 minutes and take photos of whatever catches my fancy. We’ve been to King Edward State Park before and not only is it full of historical significance to the city of Newcastle, but has some jaw dropping views as well!
Just below the cliff we were standing on is Bogey Hole, a convict built bath from the 1800’s!
This was our second visit to Kind Edward State Park and Bogey Hole. To view more photos and the history of the area check out this post!
Someone really wanted a kiss.
The 30 minute walk (and 45 minutes of picture taking) helped build up a serious appetite, and when we are down near the beach there is only one thing on my mind – Surf House
Fries Chips! These aren’t just any chips, they are beer battered, sea salted, quick fried, not greasy chips served with aioli dipping sauce. Sharing, my friend, is not even an option.
Ice cold beer and cider to accompany.
Have you ever been to an event through Meetup.com? Meetup.com is a website that allows groups of people (usually new to an area, or looking to make friends) to post events so that those people can all get to know each other. Going to one of these events pretty much feels like going on a blind date with several people all at the same time. It’s nerve wrecking and awkward. This was my Saturday night – a blind date with 9 other women in Newcastle.
Out of total respect for the girls I had dinner with (hi ladies!) I won’t go into too much of our conversations from the night, and this post would go on for days! We spent four hours at the table gabbing about what we do for work, the craziest things we had ever eaten, comparing pronunciations and accents with Aussies, Americans, and Canadians. One girls real-life lifetime movie, Costco and Ikea… and sex education in Australia compared to the US and Canada. We spent so long chatting they shut the restaurant on us. It was the best night out I’ve had sans-Ben in a long time!
Ben picked me up from dinner and as we drove over the final hill on our way home we were pulled over at a DUI check point. Don’t ask my why but I got butterflies all over. I was so nervous and neither one of us had had anything to drink in over 10 hours. I was also in the passenger seat – so I get nervous for nothing. Obviously Ben blew a 0.00 but I can’t be the only one who has an irrational and inexplicable fear of these things can I?
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
I’ve mentioned the Regal Cinema several times before (like here, and here) so I won’t go into detail this time.. although they do treat us like family there and this week the owner asked right away how I would be spending my first Thanksgiving in Australia, and told me where to buy Libby’s canned pumpkin – luckily mom sent me 4 cans already.
The Hundred Year Old Man (I shortened the title because it alone is worthy of an Oscar) is a Swedish film based on the novel of the same name, which Ben has read (half of), thus our reason for seeing. The main character is played by Sweden’s top comedian and the movie is full of flashbacks of his life. Imagine Will Ferrell in a Nordic Forrest Gump, that is this movie.
This was by far
one of the funniest movie I have seen all year! It’s a dark comedy, so if you don’t find dumb humor all that funny then this is a movie you do not want to miss. Example: I didn’t think Anchorman was that funny… I could not stop laughing during HYOM.
The Regal showed this film as a part of their “International #1’s Series” that will bring the number 1 films from all over the world to their screen in Newcastle. Next up in the series is an Italian murder mystery, which sounds awesome; but before that we will be seeing The Judge, The Grand Seduction, and Gone Girl– which means I have two weeks to read the book! Have I mentioned how much love this cinema?!
So when did I get lost? Well that happened after the movie. We went to Big W to pick up a few things (Big W, is the Australian equivalent of Target. We do have Target in Australia, it’s not the same thing, but that’s another topic for another post.) As we were finishing up I needed to grab one more thing from the lady aisle so Ben said he would leave my to it… and “leave” me to it he did. It took me less than a minute to get what I needed and when I turned around Ben was gone.
I walked up and down the major front aisle of the store, no sign of Ben. I stood where he left me, no sign of Ben. I became a 5 year old – lost in a store. I hate to say it because I have always been such an independent person, but in times like these (no phone, no car, far from home and familiarity) I am really dependent on Ben. I walked to the men’s clothing section, then the magazine section where we had spent 10 minutes deciding between a decorating of food magazine, I walked back to where he left me, he was still not there. I walked through the Christmas section, the baby section, the home wares section, he was gone. I contemplated going to the car and getting my phone until I remembered you need keys to get in a car. I thought about doing a call for him over the PA system, but I didn’t think he would be paying attention. I was basically helpless. After a good 20 minutes of wandering aisles I was finally found.
When we got back from that little adventure I put together a quick lunch for us made with leftovers from our Melbourne Cup party and then got started on my big DIY project – food photography boards. Now again a whole tutorial on food photo boards is another post for another time – believe me we are documenting the building process the entire way – but I will leave you with a few photos.
What did you get up to this weekend?
Have you ever tried Meetup.com? What was your experience with it?
Am I the only one who gets nervous for no reason when they are stopped by police?