Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sunny Cal-lif-for-ni-aye!

Hello from Los Angeles, California!

Today I have been here for one week! One week! Feels like a month! So far I have spent time with my family in 'the Valley'. I have visited The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanic Gardens (one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the US containing British and American history, literature, renaissance exploration and more) and spent time with my cousins watching a lot of weird American TV shows that I never knew existed! I have also decided on my classes for summer in Santa Rosa (North of San Fran). I am doing Fashion Design, Singing and Thai Cooking (my Dad is going to take this one with me)! There were so many things I wanted to do but the majority of the courses are really intense and I want some time to spend with my Dad, work on his house and other projects for myself.

Goodbye Australia! Lisa takes Cara to the airport...Cara looks smashing!

The Huntington Library and Botanic Gardens. Beautiful Japanese gardens, amazing and wacky bonsai.

Posh afternoon tea buffet in the Rose Garden Tea Room...sooo nice! Sooo nice! Look at those cute little French desserts!

Off to dinner in my cousin Jason's BMW . The lovebirds-my cousin Kaylen and her boyfriend Brian-are in the back seat!

Welcome to Famous Dave's- Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que! Brian's Father Manages the Famous Dave's restaurants in CA...therefore he gets endless free food for him and his guests! Let me introduce you to our meal the....
All-American BBQ Feast® (serves 4-5)
A full slab of spareribs, a whole chicken, ½ pound of either Texas beef brisket or Georgia chopped pork, coleslaw, Famous Fries, Wilbur Beans, four corn bread muffins and four corn-on-the-cob.

My favorite was the corn bread muffins (I am still harboring one in the fridge) and the pink berry lemonaid slushie...both remind me of my childhood I guess. After our meal we took home 3 left over boxes and of course pecan pie, brownies and ice cream!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Plan: To CALIFORNIA...and beyond!!

Hi everyone!
I am in the Sydney airport waiting for my Jet Star flight to Honolulu. 
Security has confinscated my Cream of Mushroom soup becasue little did we 
all know that 'cream'is the same as saying 'dangerous liquid explosive' 
apparently! Now honestly, who would eat 'dangerous exploding mushroom soup'...not 
my idea of a good time and I'm not sure Campbell's will be using it in their next advertising campagne! 'Campbell's soup is too hot to handle'. 'Campbell's soup... a creamy mushroom explosion!'...ok...just silly now...must get on the plane!

So after flying to Honolulu I am straight off to LA where my grandparents will be collecting me much to their excitement! The plan is to be in LA for about 2 weeks and then head up to San Fran to live with my Dad for a while where I will study and work a bit....and find some life balance and a career hopefully....not too much to ask for is it! So 'See you all soon!' if you are in the USA and 'Love you and Miss you' if youre crying in Oz! xxx

PS. Tell you how JetStar is at the other end...I called yesterday and it's BYO food, pillow, blanket and why not folding chair and plane as well hey?

Friday, May 11, 2007

Welcome to Kakadu!
Kakadu National Park is listed on the World Heritage List both cultural and natural 'universal values' and covers a total area of 19 804 square km (half the size of Switzerland)!

The Kakadu crew and a big pile of poo...I only wrote it beacause it rhymes! It is actually its a Cathedral termite mound and an amazing structre housing a termite colony.

Swimming in a blissful pool and sitting under the pounding rush of a waterfall. That's me on the right!

Cara attempting to play the digerdoo! Interesting! I must say that digerdoo playing is not a foreseeable career change! Can be compared to spitting in a log really.

Aboriginal Rock paintings at the Anbangbang Art site in Nourlangie Rock.

"Namondjok, a Creation Ancestor, with underneath him Barrginj, his wife, and to his right Namarrgon, the Lightning Man, responsible for the violent lightning storms that occur every wet season. At the bottom is a large group of men and women with elaborate ceremonial headdresses."-

And so the 3 day Kakadu Wilderness Adventure was we went out and partied it up in the extremely small metropolis of Darwin (when I arrived at my hostel I asked how far it was to get to the city centre...they replied 'you're in it')!