I came here after a pang of loneliness brought on by leaving Theresa, Jesara and Joshua: they had a plane to catch to get back to Melbourne. I keep thinking about things that I'd like to record in my journal; perhaps whilst paying for Internet time is the perfect occasion.
My family (minus Deborah, who has been enjoying having the house to herself) arrived soon after my second visit to Krispy Kreme. I had checked-in, then bought two Original Krispy Kreme doughnuts - one for me and one for Theresa. I was finishing the second one when I remembered that one was for Theresa, so I went back for more.
Dinner at Nick's (King St Wharf version), which was great, but Jesara was a pain; she kept wanting to return for walks along the waterfront. Maybe she was just really thirsty this weekend, but she seems to be a real water-child. Returned to hotel (The Menzies) and eventually got Jesara to sleep.
Why one Earth would most shops in the Met Centre (underground shopping centre under Wynyard station) be closed on a Saturday? I was particularly surprised to see a closed Bakers Delight and Boost. I was also disappointed that the Coles deli had no cold meats, so we had a breakfast of ham and cheese croissants with chicken instead of ham.
Picnic lunch outside the Chinese Gardens. Once inside, we enjoyed the tranquil surrounds, even though carting a stroller up and down steps (often with a toddler in it) is not much fun. They have a traditional costume hire service, so we have photos of Jesara, the tired Chinese princess. Oh, and Joshua sitting in a Buddha's lap.
Dinner at a cafe in The Rocks, followed by advice from police officers (out the front of a pub) that The Rocks is no place for kids at night. Jesara and Joshua both got to sleep soundly and quickly, which made me a very happy boy...
Oh, and at some point during the day, we took a ferry from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour; Jesara really, really loved it. Sounds like we'll have to be going for beach holidays during her childhood.
Brunch at Golden Harbour in Chinatown, as per a recommendation from a colleague. Very nice, but if we had said yes to ever dish that came our way, we wouldn't have been able to see each other. I was particularly impressed - once we had moved on - with the way the people at Happy Cup put a seal on top of my Strawberry Snow Shake and Pearls.
Then it was goodbye. It was sad to see them go, but I still think I'll enjoy the rest of my week here. And it was a good way to get a holiday at a discount rate (work paid for Theresa's flights and the hotel room).