Once we landed we had to get over to the domestic terminal to meet Ella’s brother Alistair who was flying in from Perth to see her for the weekend. The shuttle was $5.50 each so we decided to be economical and walk. We didn’t really get very far. Turns out the domestic terminal is aaaages away (WHY?!) so would take some time - and directions. We asked the first friendly looking girl in uniform we found, who said she was heading over that way anyway and could give us a ride. Yay! So far so good.
We found Alistair and a taxi and made it to Hayley’s brother Shane’s apartment pretty quickly after that. The drinking began immediately. Had a BBQ and hit the town for the night – got denied from a club (thanks Shane) and decided it was far too hot for a Friday night out.
Over the next few days we split up a bit – Hayley hanging with her mum who had come for the weekend, and bros with their partners. This wee group had lunch at a Turkish restaurant called The Sultan’s Table in Newtown (GO THERE) for the most amazing hummus and breads spread eevvveerrr. Also went to Brenna’s (love of Ryan’s life) birthday BBQ with more drinking – something called caperienas (sp?) also known as Cape Reinga’s for those of us who can’t pronounce South American drinks after finishing a couple. Ella went and checked out some of the tourist attractions with Alistair like the sky tower thing, aquarium and zoo. On the second night, Ella made friends with the toilet bowl, not even due to drinking - not a good start (though Hayley was glad it wasn’t her), but was better the next day.
We spent our last morning getting a few final pearls of wisdom from Ryan before heading off into the big wide world to start the OE for real.