|Christine, Tom and I huddled together for a photo.|
I was on a mission to purchase a suitable black skirt. Since I don't own a single dress and recently tossed my raggedy worn black skirt I was determined to find something a little dressy that I could wear on the many formal nights on both upcoming cruises.
|Tom with Christine and Colin, the fabulous friends we met on the last cruise. We were thrilled to see them again.|
Prices are high on clothing, shoes and many items in Australia. As I perused a few items I winced over the how expensive everything was priced but remained determined to find what I wanted.
Finally, at the popular Sussan store, I found the perfect skirt but again cringed over the price of AU $89.95 but when converting it to US dollars at $67.70 (tax included), it didn't seem so bad after all. I handed over my credit card and made the purchase.
|As a big slab of bacon oozed out of Colin's burger, he couldn't resist taking a photo.|
There was no time to go to a mall. My only hope was to wait until our ship docks at a port of call on the upcoming cruise, maybe in Hawaii on May 9th. In the interim I'll live with what I have on hand, one pair of high wedge sandals I purchased in Hawaii in 2015, the last pair of shoes I'd purchased, (except for one pair of Keds white leather slip-on shoes I seem to wear more often than not).
|Tom and Colin ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger which they thoroughly enjoyed.|
Both the people and bird watching entertained us sufficiently for the time to pass quickly and before we knew it, we spotted Christine and Colin searching for us by the entrance to the Wharf.
Hugging affectionately, we were all happy to see one another. We'd said our goodbyes the day the ship disembarked in Sydney on March 13th. At that time we were preoccupied as we were faced with dreadful concerns about our "illegal immigration" status after we'd received a worrisome call from the Australian Department of Immigration while aboard the ship.
|Tom, Christine, and Colin enjoyed their burgers. Christine had ordered a similar burger with Halloumi cheese.|
We shared the story of our immigration issues with Christine and Colin who were shocked by our peculiar experience. After all these years of travel, none of us had ever experienced such a scenario and hopefully never will again in the future.
|The grilled Barramundi and vegetables sauteed in olive oil and butter were delicious. A red pepper aka capsicum in Australia was particularly delightful.|
|It was a beautiful day in Manly. We arrived at 2 pm and were scheduled to meet Christine and Colin around 3:45 pm.|
In no time at all, we were hunkered down on the sofa in time to watch yet another amazing David Attenborough wildlife story. It was impossible to wipe the smiles off our faces over the enjoyable evening of good friends and good food. Watching wildlife in Africa didn't hurt either. Hmmm....
|This swing activity for kids looked fun with an attendant on site who strapped the kids into a harness.|
May life also be good for YOU!
Photo from one year ago today, April 21, 2016:
|One year ago, Tom's dinner aboard the ship including tender steak, broccoli, and fried potatoes. In addition, he ordered a starter and a dessert. For more details, please click here.|