Home for Christmas

Trip Start May 04, 2011
Trip End Feb 20, 2014

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Christmas, NYE, Nephew time, Gun Shooting

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Sunday, January 6, 2013

So it seems the Mayan's were wrong. Or more appropriately, we were wrong about the Mayan’s believing their calendar could somehow foretell the end of the world. Eitherway, I touched down in Perth-town in the early hours of 23 Dec after 24 hrs of flying/layovers. I had wanted to upgrade to business class using some of my frequent flyer pts but given the Christmas popularity there was no seats left in business. Bugger. I think this will be the last time I fly economy back to Perth. I deserve to treat myself to business for such a long flight. Emirates have upgraded their inflight entertainment system which is great, but I just want more space and a powerpoint so I can use my laptop without someone in front reclining back to crush the screen into my face.

I was excited to see and cuddle my nephew Blake for the first time. A happy moment to see my sister holding her son and caring for him. Great to be a part of his first Christmas and then to become his Godfather a few days later. I was fortunate to catch up with all family members and most multiple times.

This break overall was the best I’ve had back in Perth. I’ve had some great individual moments during my Perth breaks, but tend to stress myself out and feel overwhelmed with all the things I want to do in 2 weeks. This break the only times I felt overwhelmed was in the Coles grocery section with all the choice and then in Sanity where I realised I knew very little of the music/DVD’s on the shelves. Nothing that a credit card couldn’t fix.

Special highlights were a trip to Kings Park on Christmas Eve to look over the beautiful city I call home; Christmas Day drunken darts; Swan Valley with my friend Amy in 40C+ heat; home-made pizza at Jon & Fi’s; shooting my first gun with Maitland on new years eve – made for interesting conversation later that evening when asked what I did on the final day of 2012; New Years Day swim (surprisingly the only time I went swimming this break despite the ridiculous heat...bit sad that I didn’t get to the beach); big night out with Melissa with one too many black sambucas at the casino; day-trip to Bodd.

And so a new year begins. Twenty thirteen. My resolutions are to hate Americans less, be more positive, and withhold comments that could be misinterpreted as condescending. Last year was huge for me: turning 30, taking my Mum to see Europe’s gems, attending the Olympics, travelling through Namibia, re-financing my home loan from Ghana without having a mental breakdown, and becoming an Uncle and a Godfather (twice). 2013 will be the last year on my work project as construction finishes and gold pours. It could well be my last year in Ghana and I could even be back in Australia by year end. Time will tell and while I am keen to continue working overseas, I am not certain that I want to stay in Ghana.

So it was with these thoughts in my head, the plane departed home on a crystal clear Sunday evening where I had a perfect view of the city lights, the darkness of the river and Kings Park, Subi Oval lights, and then the Sunday Sesh parties at Cottesloe (the closest I got to my fav beach!). 
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Annette on

It was great to see you again Ross. Great blog and photos. Blake will have grown heaps by the next time you see him! xx

travellingross on

thanks! yes he will be a big boy by then :-)

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