Friday, 17 April 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic


Just so I NEVER forget..... 

Right now we are in the middle of the  Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, declared March 11th, 2020 ๐Ÿฆ   It amazes me that the things below are happening all around the world at the same time.  My family and friends in the USA and other parts of the world are going through the same things as us right now. 

As of today there have been 184 cases of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Tasmania and 7 deaths. 

๐Ÿ’ต Petrol prices have dropped as low as  $0.99 a litre in Tassie

๐Ÿซ Schools brought holidays forward. Students began learning from home at the end of Term 1 and will continue to learn from home in Term 2.

 There is tape on the floors at supermarkets and shops help distance shoppers 1.5 m from each other.
 
๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ซ A limited number of people are allowed inside stores, therefore, lineups outside the store doors.
 
๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿป️Non-essential stores and businesses are closed.

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ปThose who can are asked to work from home.

๐Ÿ–⛰ ๐Ÿšท Parks, trails and beaches are closed.

๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ€⚽๐ŸŽพ๐Ÿฅ‡ Entire sports seasons including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics cancelled.

๐ŸŽŸ๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŽฌ๐ŸŽผ Concerts, tours, festivals, and entertainment events are cancelled.

๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ‰ Weddings are limited to five people, family celebrations and holiday gatherings are cancelled.

Only ten people can attend a funeral. 

️ No masses, churches are closed.

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australians are asked to return home from around the world if they can.

๐Ÿ‘ซ No gatherings of 50 or more, then 10 or more, now 2 or more.

๐Ÿ  You’re not allowed to socialize with anyone outside of your home.

๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป️You can only leave your home to get essentials, go to work or school (if you are unable to do it at home) or to exercise with one other person.

 
๐ŸŽ  Children's outdoor play parks are closed.
 
๐ŸŽก Disney parks and other theme parks all around the world are closed.

๐Ÿงป ๐Ÿงผ Panic buying sets in and we have shortages of toilet paper, pasta, flour, disinfecting supplies, paper towel, laundry soap and hand sanitizer.
 
๐Ÿงผ You are asked to sanitise your hands before going into a shop and waiting rooms have put in measures for social distancing. 
 
๐Ÿงผ Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer and PPE.

๐Ÿ›ณ Government closes the border to all non-essential travel.

๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป️ Fines are established for breaking the rules.

๐Ÿจ Recreation facilities open up for the overflow of Covid-19 patients.

๐Ÿฆ ๐ŸŽฅ Press conferences daily from the Prime Minister and Premier.

๐Ÿฆ Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths

๐Ÿš™ Barely anyone on the roads.

๐Ÿ˜ท People wearing masks and gloves outside.

๐Ÿฆ  Essential service workers are terrified to go to work.

Thousands of people lose their jobs. 

๐Ÿฉบ๐Ÿจ Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families.

๐Ÿ˜ท Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers.

๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿš‘ Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill.

Two hospitals on the north west coast of Tasmania are closed because of a large cluster of cases there. Over 5000 people are asked to quarantine for 14 days and the Australian Defence Force come to reopen and staff the Emergency Department once it is cleaned. 

BUT:

๐ŸŒˆ We start enjoying the simple things in life again.
 ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘ฆ ๐Ÿงฉ Families get to spend a lot more time together.
๐Ÿ˜ We check on our neighbours, friends and family more.

๐Ÿ”จ We finally have time to do all those projects we never have time for.

๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ“– ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽฒ๐ŸŽฎ We don’t have to feel guilty about doing things we love.

๐ŸŽผ Singers perform online.

๐Ÿ“ฝ Movies are released online instead of in cinemas.

๐ŸŽ™Talk shows are hosted from home.

๐Ÿ’ป We realise how lucky we are to live in a time when we have the internet.
 ๐Ÿ’ต๐Ÿฃ We support local businesses by doing online shopping and buying takeaway food instead of eating in.
 
๐Ÿ‘ซ We take notice of others more and know we are all in this together.  
Businesses adapt to the needs of their customers. 
The government provides billions of dollars of financial support for thousands of people and businesses for the next six months, including a job keeper package and coronavirus supplements.

People draw on the footpath for others to see as they're exercising.
People put teddy bears in windows so that kids can go on bear hunts around their community. 
๐Ÿ’ฆ Pollution decreases and we have cleaner air and water.

๐Ÿ’› ๐Ÿ‘ซ We are reminded about what the most important things in life are.
It still feels like we are not even half way through it in Tasmania right now as there are so many new cases every day.  We are very lucky as my job is classed as an essential one, and I feel for so many people who have lost their jobs including close friends of mine.

Even though it's not ideal at the moment, I know that once we are through this and life is back to normal that we are going to look back on this time and be grateful for the time we had to just slow down and be together.

Term 1 is over...too early!

What a wierd term 1! We were on a high at the beginning of the term, after having a wonderful time in Melbourne over the summer holidays.

Kobe and I held onto summer as long as we could and went swimming every weekend while it was still warm enough and some nights after school.  We also went along to watch the finals at the Launceston International tennis.  
We were lucky to be given VIP tickets to go along to the Sesame Street Circus Spectacular when it was in town and it was lovely to have mum and Simone and some of her kids join us.  
Last year both Harri and Kobe were elected to be in the Student Leadership Boards at their schools for this year.  We loved summer holidays and are never really ready to go back to school and work.  Because Harri is in the Student Leadership Board this year, he has to wear a different uniform.  It was funny teaching him how to do his tie. 
It was lovely to be able to go along to both of their school assemblies to see Harri inducted and presented with his blazer and badges, and also got to see Kobe presented with his badges.  

Kobe had a great start to the school year and was enjoying being busy as a sports leader.  He really enjoyed doing daily PE every day with the younger classes.  He was also enjoying being on the Student Leadership Board and got to participate in a leadership conference at the beginning of the term.  He was enjoying having weekly meetings and doing different jobs around the school.  

He was asked to meet the Federal Minister for Education (Dan Tehan) at the office one day and took him down to meet the rest of the grade 5 and 6 students.  He cracked me up as he kept saying how nervous he was about meeting him. 
Harri was inducted as a the House Captain for Allen house at the beginning of the term. It was such a special day and I couldn't stop thinking about how Aaron would be so proud of him and how I wished he could've been there for it.  He looks so handsome in his blazer - just don't tell him I said that ;) 

It was great that Jalen could come along to the induction assembly with me, as it was held before he had to head off to Uni.

He had to sign an agreement which was also signed by myself and the school principal. 


It was such a lovely way to start off the year and I was so happy for the boys to know that they were finishing off their primary school and high school years by having such a huge roll at school, but we had no idea that the term would finish prematurely. 

Harri's first big role as House Captain was with the school swimming carnival.  He said it was lots of fun and even though he's not really a swimmer, he did really well in his races. 
I went along with Harri to a school BBQ to meet his teachers and also a Grade 10 information night. On the way home we went and got a treat at Maccas and he was cracking himself up as he was doing something on his phone.  He then showed me this!

Teenagers are actually lots of fun - most of the time!

Although I always dread going back to work after summer holidays, I always enjoy it once I'm there. It's so nice to see the kids again and I have beautiful friends at work who I love seeing every day.  We had a fun excursion to Greens Beach and different stops along the way as a part of the Grade 5/6 HASS unit.  We had the best day and the weather was beautiful.   
Jalen headed back down to Hobart for his second year of Bachelor of Media.  When he dropped him off last year we were all very emotional as it was his first time away from us, but he quickly settled in and it didn't take long for us to get used to him living away from home. 

This year he just drove himself down and he was really happy to get back down there.  Last year he stuck to himself and was happy just spending time on his own, but this year he thought he'd put more of an effort in to get to know people and be more social. 

He decided to go down for Orientation Week so he could get involved in the O Week activities to hopefully gt to know people who were staying at the same uni accommodation that he is.  It was fun to see pics of him pop up on their Instagram page and to talk to him every night, as he was having lots of fun and getting to know lots of people.   This pic was taken just before he left for Hobart. 
I support the Swimming and Water Safety Program at the beginning of the year for two weeks.  I absolutely love swimming and when we spend the week at the Aquatic Centre, I'm always jealous of people who are spending their day swimming laps or doing Aqua Fitness classes or going to the gym.  It reminded me that there is a life outside of work and being a Mum and made me really miss the days when I would go to the gym every day.

One day at school I was talking to some work friends about how I wanted to do Aqua classes and join the gym again, but I was too lazy.  One of my friends told me she had a gym membership at the pool but hadn't gone for a while and then another friend said she was thinking of joining the gym at the pool.  One thing lead to another and within a couple of days five of us were joined up as gym members and started going to Aqua classes together and also swam laps.  It was so nice to be doing something for myself again and it was extra fun to be going with friends.  Unfortunately we only got to go for a few weeks, before they had to shut the pool and gym down because of Coronavirus (a whole other post!).

In March it was Danny and Kate's wedding at Boat Harbour Beach.  Our family grew up with Kate's family and Danny is the son of my cousin Felicity, so it was lovely to be there on their special day.  Coronavirus was just starting to spread in Australia when they got married and they cracked everyone up when Dan announced that they could kiss, and they bumped elbows instead.
It was such a lovely day and so fun to catch up with Dan and Lou and Tim and Helene.
It wasn't long after their wedding, that things started to get really scary with Coronavirus and that changed the term completely.  Jalen ended up with all of his Uni classes switching to online.  He was having a great time in Hobart with new friends and was even playing sport with them, going out lots and hanging out with them all.  Because of all the restrictions that had to be put in place because of Coronavirus, it meant they could no longer hang out together so he decided that he may as well come home until things settle down.  So Jay has no been home and studying online for a few weeks. 

Harri and Kobe also ended up doing learning from home for the last couple of weeks of Term as the Tasmanian government made it so parents could choose whether to send their children to school or not, and then asked that only children of essential workers or those who can't be supported at home attend school.  The last week of term was then announced as being Student Free Days so that teachers could plan home learning for Term 2. 

I had to still go to work so I was glad to know that the three boys were home together.  It's not ideal to have them studying at home on their own, but they're all pretty responsible and I know they'll get things done without me.  They do have the option to go to school, but both Harri and Kobe prefer to stay home until things settle down. 

It looks like they may be learning at home for most (or probably all) of Term 2 and I'm not really worried about them academically, but feel sad that they're missing out on being with their friends in their last year of primary and high school and don't get to being doing their roles in the Student Leadership Boards at the moment.   Jay is really missing being in Hobart with his friends and I'm sad for him that he's had to come home for a little while, as he was having so much fun.  

We are currently on our two weeks of school holidays and I'm loving having some down time.  It's different not being able to go anywhere or see anyone, but it's nice to have time to do things around the house and to just really relax before an even weirder Term 2. 

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

You Don't Have to Know Tennis, to Love the Tennis

Every summer we've been spending a week or so in Sydney to break up the summer, and have some fun with my brother Chrish.  We always have a great time, but the last few summers we've been saying that we should go to Melbourne sometime instead and go to the Australian Open.  We hadn't been before and it always looks like heaps of fun. 

I booked cheap flights to Melbourne mid-year when there was a sale, and surprised Mum with it for Christmas, as I knew she has always wanted to go to the Open as well.  We couldn't wait to go and were stressing out that it was going to be super hot while we are there, because whenever the Open is on, it always seems to be 40 degrees.  We are used to that in Sydney, but that's always what we hate about Sydney at the same time - that it's just too hot to enjoy it sometimes.

We went to Melbourne last week for five days, and were pleasantly surprised that the weather was actually cool.  We only really had one really nice day, and I actually wish it were a bit warmer but at least we could enjoy our tine there without dying from the heat.

Other than the tennis, the boys all had things they wanted to do in Melbourne.  Kobe wanted to go to the Harry Potter stores, Jay wanted to go to Taco Bell as it has only just opened up four stores in Australia and he's always wanted to try it, and Harri wanted to shop and spend his hard earned money he earned at Maccas.

We knew about the Harry Potter store in Myer, but a friend who lives in Melbourne also suggested that that we should visit the Store of Requirement in Collingwood.  We headed straight there on the afternoon that we arrived. I'm so glad we did as it was much cooler than the store  in Myer.  I haven't even read or watched any Harry Potter movies, but still appreciated how good it was.



Kobe loved all the different broomsticks.

Kobe was so excited to try their version of butterbeer or 'butterbrew' as they call it there for legal reasons :) He also loved playing Harry Potter trivia with one of the shop assistants.


We then went to the Harry Potter store in Myer. 
 There were some really cool things in there including a Lego chair you could sit on.

We dragged Harri and Jay into getting photos with us.  One of the workers would get us set up in different poses and would take pics for us on my phone.  He was so enthusiastic and had everyone laughing.


Harri was really keen to go to Culture Kings as he always buys clothes from there online, but he was disappointed that he couldn't find anything he wanted there.

We always love going to Hosier Lane.

It was a bit of a tram ride out to the Taco Bell store, but it was fun to go and try it.   I posted some pics on Instagram and I got lots of messages from Americans with different thoughts about Taco Bell.  Some people were saying that it's terrible there, some people were saying it was a great, cheap feed and others were commenting that they would never have 'fries' with tacos there.  

As a part of the menu they offered a meal deal which included your main Mexican item, chips and a drink, so I guess the menu is different in Australia.  The store was really cool and it was obviously popular as it was very busy.  We were surprised how cheap it was and really liked the food.  
Harri was excited to try out the electronic 'juke box'. 
The second day we were there we had day passes for the Australian Open.  We had no clue what we were doing but quickly learnt that the AO app told us everything we needed to know.  On the AO Insta we saw that you could pay $2 to get a ball that had been used in a match, so that was the first thing on Kobe's list to do. 
We were there as soon as gates opened, and saw on the app that Serena Williams was training on the practise courts, so we raced down there to see if we could see her.  When we got there, there was hardly anyone there to see her so we got front row seats. She has such a huge presence.  
After that we had a good look around and had to take the opportunity to get pics at all the different photos spots. 
A friend asked me on Insta if we had our own personal photographer following us around, but there were always people lined up to take pics, so everyone would just ask the people behind them to take a photo. It worked really well!

We were excited to watch Caroline Wozniaki's last game ever as she lost her match and was retiring.  The boys loved it whenever there was a review and would get into clapping before the result came up on the screen.  Even Jay (who only really likes basketball) was getting into it.  

They had a special presentation for Caroline after the match with a video of all the big tennis players saying something nice about her. She was very emotional and they played the song 'Sweet Caroline' and the whole crowd got into singing it. 
A couple of years ago I met Jelena Dokic when we both spoke at an International Women's Day event together.  We have kept in contact since and it was nice to be able to say a quick hi to her in between her commentating games and practising for her Women's Legends Doubles match.   We watched her train and at the same time Harri ran over to another practise court and got to see Naomi Osaka train. 
We were excited that we could also watch Novak Djokovic train.  We waited for ages for him to come out and it was really hard to see him as there was a huge crowd there, but we got some good spots high up.  
Despite being there when gates opened and leaving at 5.45 pm we ran out of time to do all the things we wanted to do.  I was surprised at how fast the day went.  Kobe was disappointed that we didn't get to do any of the kid's stuff that day, but I promised him we would come back so he could get to do all the things he wanted to do. 

We had to leave then because  I had bought tickets to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that night.  Mum and I went to have dinner in China Town on the way and quickly realised it was Chinese New Year. There was a Chinese dragon going into all the shops dancing and they were letting off hundreds of firecrackers all over the streets.  The boys were so close at one stage, that Jay got sore ears from the firecrackers! 

We were tired after a long day at the tennis, so I wasn't really thinking much about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Because I bought the tickets as an afterthought, I got the cheapest ones I could, which were right at the back of the theatre in the restricted viewing section.  As we handed the woman on the door our tickets, she said 'I think I can give you better seats than those' and went through a pile of tickets in her hand and found five seats up near the front and centre! We were so lucky, especially after I paid for the cheap seats. 

The show was absolutely incredible and it would've been worth the trip to Melbourne just to go to that! The actors were so good and the sets, effects and costumes were awesome. It was one of the highlights of the whole trip and all the boys loved it as well. I knew that Jay and Kobe would like it as they like stage shows, but Harri not so much, but he really loved it too and was laughing throughout the whole show.  We loved it at the end when they did the curtain call that streamers and confetti came out from the ceiling.  
My brother Eden talked to me a week ago about going to the Open and said he looked into going, but it was impossible to get accommodation as it was so busy.  I told him he was welcome to come and stay with us, as our Airbnb had a sofa bed which no one was using, so we were so happy when he messaged me to say that him and his son Hugh were going to come over for a couple of nights.  They arrived while we were at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and watched the tennis on the big screen at Federation Square till the show finished. 
The next morning Kobe and I showed them around the apartment complex and went for a quick swim with them, before the tennis. 
We bought day passes again and the first thing we did was go and watch Ash Barty train. 
We all then went to Melbourne Arena to watch the Mens Legends Doubles match.  It was actually my favourite thing to watch the whole time we were at the tennis. They were absolutely hilarious - making jokes the whole time, doing trick shots, 'abusing' the chair umpire, pretending to yell at the ball kids and hitting the balls up in the air so high and catching them in their pockets.  It was so fun. 

That night Nick Kygrios was playing in Melbourne Arena which you only need a day pass for.  Eden, Hugh and Harri were really keen to watch him play, but knew they would have to sit there most of the day to make sure they got a seat for the game.  Mum decided she also wanted to watch him, so they all decided to sit in the arena for the rest of the day, to ensure they could watch his game.  

Once you have a seat you can get a pass out for half an hour at a time, so they decided they'd watch the other two games before his game and take turns having breaks and saving seats before his match.  There was no way that I am that committed to get a seat, and I just get so restless after sitting for long periods, so I told Kobe that we would go and do some fun stuff instead.  

At first he was upset as he also wanted to watch the Kygrios game, but I knew there was no way that he would cope sitting there for 6-7 hours, especially as the first hour was in the sun.  Jay didn't want to sit all day either, so the three of us went and did some of the kid's stuff that Kobe didn't get to do the day before.  

The first thing we did was line up for the Mastercard Escape Room. We were going to do it the day before, and they told us the wait was an hour and a half to get in.  This time the wait was only 45 minutes which wasn't too bad, and it was totally worth it as each player got a lucky dip at the end for some amazing prizes.  The escape room itself was really cool.  It had three challenges which you had to complete in under 6 minutes.  
We completed it in under six minutes, but weren't very good at it. I think it took us a while to actually figure out what was going on and how to actually work the technology.  We had lots of fun though. 
When you came out there was a vending machine with lots of different envelopes in them.  You could choose any number and won the prize in that envelope.   I won a $25 gift voucher for Chemist Warehouse, Jay won a $25 2XU hat and Kobe won a $69 Country Road bag! We were all jealous of the Country Road bag.  We worked out that we almost won enough prizes to cover the cost of our tickets to get into the Open! 
On the AO Insta we also saw that Nick Kyrgios' family were selling bands for his foundation which were made out of tennis racquet strings, from racquets which had been restrung during the first and second round of the Open.  The bands had two balls on them - one with Nick's logo and the other had the Yonex logo on it.  We bought it from Nick's brother who said they were very nervous about the match that night.  He was very friendly and Kobe was so excited to get a band.  
The day before Kobe really wanted to play VR tennis but we ran out of time, so we did that with him.  We were excited to all get a free drink bottle for playing it, when we walked out!
We went to the AO hilltop and convinced Kobe to go on the sky swings with Jay.  At first he was freaking out, but he quickly relaxed and was giving me the thumbs up from up above.
At about 4.45 pm I got a message from Harri saying he was sick of sitting down and wasn't sure if he wanted to stay to watch the Kygrios game or come to the cricket with Jay and I that night.  He said he thought he'd have more fun with us, and I said it was up to him and he then headed over to find us.  I said to him later that I think he actually missed us (and he could see all the fun things we were doing on my Insta story) and he said he did 'a little bit' :)

When he met us we went to watch Jelena Dokic play in the Women's Legends Doubles match.  It was exciting to see that she was playing against Martina Navratilova.  The boys had no idea who she was, and I had to explain that she was one of the best tennis players in the world, back in her time.

We had tickets to the BBL cricket match at the MCG that night, so it was very handy as we just had to walk over the footbridge and were there.

Mum, Eden and Hugh were all very excited to finally be able to watch the Kygrios match after waiting all day.  They came back to the apartment after midnight absolutely buzzing because he won. The next day was Australia Day (the day that Aaron passed away) and we were wanting a break from the tennis.  I wanted to do something fun, and was really hoping for a day of nice weather so we could go for a swim at the beach.

We went to the National Gallery of Victoria first. It didn't really feel like Australia Day and it was so different to anything here as Melbourne is so multicultural, so there were lots of different culture groups performing and in their national dress.

The last time we went there there were so many awesome free exhibits that we all loved, but I knew that the boys wouldn't like the free ones that were there this time, so I paid for us to go into the KAWS exhibit, while Mum looked around the rest of the gallery (she loved what she saw and said she couldn't spent hours in there). 

Jay and Harri both loved the KAWS exhibition, and Kobe walked around like he couldn't wait to get out of there :)
 
 
We walked back into the city to grab some lunch and got caught in the huge crowds of two protests. I think they were protesting Aboriginal land rights.

Mum and I went back to China Town for more delicious food...we probably should've been eating a meat pie instead for Australia Day ;)

We then caught the tram to St Kilda (which was really tricky because of the protests, as the trams couldn't run right in the city) hoping that it would be nice enough for a swim but it was way too cold and windy to even be tempted to go in the water.
We also walked to check out The Block houses for 2019.  It's so weird seeing them in real life, and they looked really lovely.  Three of them are currently up for rent and Haz pretended to call the real estate agent on the sign so he could rent one.
Because the weather wasn't nice enough for a beach swim, we decided to go back to our apartment for a swim in the pool instead.
On the way back we saw a 'Pepsi Challenge' where you had to blind taste two different colas and say which one you preferred. One was Coke and the other was Pepsi Max. As Pepsi was Aaron's favourite we knew we had to do it for him on Australia Day.

We all said we preferred the one which turned out to be Pepsi Max. I'm sure Aaron was happy about that! We also got a free can of Pepsi Max for doing the challenge.

That night we went down to Docklands and got tea at some food trucks and were waiting for the Australia Day fireworks with lots of others, when a security guard informed us that the fireworks had been cancelled a while back because of the bushfires. We didn't mind as we had a yummy tea and got to listen to some live music. 

The next day I woke up to four messages from different people and seeing the news on social media that Kobe Bryant had died.  Everyone knew that Aaron was a big NBA fan and of course we have our own Kobe. I had suggested the name after hearing Kobe Bryant's name one day. Aaron wasn't a fan of Kobe Bryant and said no way at first, but then half an hour later he said he really liked the name and we stuck with it since then.  

When Harri got out of bed I was surprised as to how upset he was about it.  There were a few tears and he said that all the good people die young. He was really upset all day, but had moments throughout the day when he cheered up for a bit, but then it would hit him again. 

I knew that the only thing we could do, was to try to have some fun.  We went shopping first (we hadn't really done any shopping before then and I don't love shopping myself. I only ever go shopping if I really need something) and then went to the games arcade at the Crown Casino. 
 
We spent way more money there than we probably should've, but I had planned on taking the boys there the whole time and knew that they would all love it. I even ended up buying my own game card (you tap them on the different games and it takes credit off your card and adds the tickets that you've won) as it looked like so much fun. 
 
 We had lots of fun spending our ticket winning afterwards.
It was our last full day in Melbourne and I didn't want to waste it by just sitting in the apartment watching the tennis, so I suggested that we go and get tea in the city and then sit at Federation Square and watch the tennis on the big screen there.  Everyone was keen and it was lots of fun sitting with thousands of other people, watching the game together.
It was such a fun atmosphere and there was a mix in the crowd with some people going for Nadal, but most people going for Kygrios. I think Kobe thought the best part was being able to duck into 7 eleven to get Krispy Kreme donuts and Slurpees!

We had to leave to go home, just after lunch the next day so we spent a little bit of time shopping in the city, before heading to the airport.  We were sad to leave our lovely apartment in the city.

One day while we were at the tennis Jay said 'I love tennis!' which made me almost fall off my seat! He was really getting into all the games and was loving the atmosphere.

The is an ad that keeps coming on the TV that says 'you don't have to know tennis, to love the tennis' and once when I heard it I looked at Jay and we laughed and I said 'well that's true'.

We had such a fun trip and when we arrived back in Launceston Kobe said it was his favourite holiday we have been on. 

Some random thoughts about Melbourne:
It's a very cool city.
It's so busy.
I love that it's so multicultural.
I love that everywhere you look you know that you're there for the tennis.
The crowds at the tennis are very different to the crowds at the cricket.
There's so many homeless people.
There's so many people with obvious mental illnesses.
It's easy to get around once you work out the trams.
There's so much to see and do.
There's so many great places to eat.
It has very cool street art.
There's so many great places to shop.
You can start to feel claustrophobic after a while because there's so many people.
It's a fun place to visit.

I'm so glad that we finally decided to go to Melbourne for the Australian Open and I'm sure we will go back.  Time to start saving up for it again!

This was our trip using the 1 Second Everyday app.

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