Hello from Australia
20 April 2014 | Bundaberg
Well, it's Easter and you will find Bob and I in Bundaberg, Australia. Realtime has not sold, unfortunately. However, we are continuing our adventures on land by way of housesitting. We had a wonderful experience on Lake Chapala in Jalisco, Mexico. We became very involved with the expat community there, attending classes, seeing and discussing interesting movies, and exploring the countryside. I even had the opportunity to teach a personality theory class with another MBTI practitioner. It was great to be back in the saddle. There were so many nice people, lots of nice dinners out and cultural events. One of the wonderful things about being in Mexico, as most of you know, is the low cost of living. We looked at some houses and also a retirement community. You can live in luxury for half of what you would pay anywhere else. We will remember this when we go back to Hawaii, just in case we are not able to afford the expensive life style there. We left Mexico having learned a lot and made many wonderful new friends. Being in such a rural environment, we worried there wouldn't be enough to keep us occupied. That proved to be false. We will miss it and the Belgian Shepherd, Xita.
We left Mexico on April 10th and flew to Sydney, Australia. We took a couple of days in Sydney, before flying on to Bundaberg for our next house sit. We loved Sydney. We saw Madame Butterfly in the Park directly on the water. It was quite a production with a wonderful soprano. The opera house tour was something I had looked forward to. Lots to see here. It is a lovely city and we were very glad we took a couple of days here.
Now we are in the first of two house sits in Bundaberg, one a bit inland and the next on the river. Both houses were seriously damaged in the floods a little over a year ago. Thus they are now, in essence, brand new. This one is spotless, with all new appliances, etc. It was a breeze to move in and get comfortable. Again, they have left cars, so we have no difficulty getting around. This house comes with two dogs :-) Jilly is an Australian Cattle Dog who is 15 years young. She has arthritis, and is hard of hearing/seeing, but we can relate. She is lovely and very courageous. The second dog is a cocker spaniel, Lochi. He is a love. Never have we seen such an affectionate puppy. His eyes just melt you (even Bob), and he'd rather be on your lap than anyplace else. They are quite a pair and great company. Bundaberg is a river town, with a simple lifestyle. Here in the south of Queensland is the start of the Great Barrier Reef. We haven't been over to the sea yet, but plan that in the next couple of days. The shoreline is known for being a vacation destination. The local news showed that this recent Easter week found it very busy. We'll explore when it is a bit less congested. We were fortunate to get another house sit here that starts the day this one ends and butts up against our next sit in Martinborough, New Zealand. We feel so fortunate that these house sits are working out so well for us. We are now booked until January of 2015. The people are wonderful, we are making lifetime friends and having such great places and people to learn about. Now when Realtime sells, we will be in tall cotton. Check the gallery for some pictures of our "land" adventures".