Today’s word: laughter
We were bummed to leave Palm Cove on this day — it is the cutest town I’ve ever been to. We are back in Sydney for a couple of days before heading back to the states.
When we checked into our hotel, we did a bit of unpacking. As I talked to my sister, I noticed a dark spot on the carpet out of the corner of my eye. This spot sort of blended in with the carpet, so I thought it was just a stain. Moments later, I noticed this ‘spot’ started moving…upon further inspection, I found that it was a gecko. We weren’t too skiddish about it, but we definitely weren’t excited to have it in our room.
We were actually nervous that we might have brought it over in one of our suitcases — since we saw so many in Palm Cove. We thought, ok we’ll just switch rooms and run away from the little guy. My sister went down to the front desk and asked, but they were all booked — Oprah’s fault. She then went on to say, so do you have geckos in Sydney?
Reception Guy: You mean Lizards? Yeah, like in the parks. Why?
My Sister: Oh…um…no reason…
Reception Guy: But they wouldn’t be in your room or anything.
My Sister: Oh…yeah…so, there’s actually one in our room.
I don’t think he quite believed her at first. So he came up to have a look. Yeah we weren’t kidding guy. So the three of us sort of hummed and hawwed over what to do. Finally the solution was for him to grab a dust pan. He returned with another hotel staff member and a small paper box — sort of the size and shape of a tampon box.
By sister was on the look-out, while the two guys tried to corner the gecko — I mean lizard. Finally after some chasing and moving furniture, the little guy was captured.
After that hilarious ordeal, we were ready for a drink. My sister and I started at a wine bar in the Rocks — I think I’ve mentioned before how it’s like a Pearl-esque neighborhood of Sydney — and then headed to dinner at a place called Sake. Here I ate some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. I also had to try wagyu beef skewers because I’d heard Andrew Zimmerman talk about it on Bizarre Foods. It was ok.
My sister’s friend from college is living abroad in Sydney right now so he met up with us for dinner — which turned into, and then some. At the point he met up with us, we had already been filling our bellys with food and libations — which then continued again so he could catch up with us.
From there we ran, skipped, jumped, swinged, danced and laughed around the Sydney Harbor. Sort of one of those crazy, adventuous — but don’t worry mom, also safe — nights where it’s just silly, belly laughing fun that you wish was captured on video.
We also did some long distance and international texting and dialing — what-up Portland at 5 am, excited to hear from Australia?! Can’t wait to get that phone bill…