Final stop Manly, NSW…..
The final stop before heading back to Brisbane was Sydney. We had a few people we wanted to catch up with and lots of medical and finance appointments. We decided to stay in our old stomping ground, Manly so that we could enjoy the downtime between commitments. Also, with no car, we could enjoy the ferry trips into the city and it would make a much nicer place for those driving to visit.
The day before leaving Auckland, we selected our Airbnb apartment for the week. It turned out to be a top choice, with expansive views from South Head up to Long Reef. We were blown away by the colours of the sunsets and sunrises we were able to enjoy from every corner.
When our friends Robert and Cathy said they’d visit, we decided to eat in as we really couldn’t think of a restaurant that would provide a better view. We did enjoy a night out with one of our oldest Australian friends, Tracey at a restaurant right on the beachfront. Sadly, it was a cold, windy night, the worst weather of the week.
One of the evenings was spent enjoying a taste of Africa. There was an event at one of the local churches, where a group of African musicians put on an energetic performance. An amazing night of worship!
The first Tuesday of April is Ben & Jerry’s free cone day and Manly has a scoop shop. For some reason, we found out about these years back when the first one was held and we’ve stood in queues every year since (except one year when we were in Italy). It’s always a crazy fun time!
And the journey ends…..
We were glad to get back to Brisbane after a long time on the road. We were hanging out for a break from having to look for somewhere to sleep every night. We had one final accommodation search for a place where we can unpack our own stuff from storage and settle for a while. We’re happy to report that we have found said place and are looking forward to creating a home that we can enjoy and others can visit…for a few hours, a day or a few days at a time.
A highlight of our return is being able to spend time with Glenda’s mother. Even though she is unwell, she still inspires and encourages us in our life journey.