Thursday, March 8, 2012
Uncle Dave's Sydney Adventures
Uncle Dave had exactly ten days to fit in all the kayaking, hiking, ballet dancing, and babysitting we could manage. We took him to several of the usual hangout including Bondi, Darling Harbor, Taronga, Botanical Gardens, Cremorne, Mosman Barracks, and Manly Head. We also fit in a few new places at Ku Ring Gai, Mt. Kosciuszko, Canberra, and part of the Australian Art Museum. The weather cooperated for about two-thirds of the trip, leaving plenty of rainy days for Kayaking and playing settlers of Catan.
It was a very satisfying feeling watching Ana spend so much bonding time with family, a rare and wonderful treat. Even if we lived in the same town as David, we would never get this much of his free time for watching movies, playing games, and exploring together. David helped Ana embrace her artistic and problem solving side, while embracing the challenges of living with four other people all at once. He cooked, cleaned, repaired, and even did my laundry. Life is so enjoyable when it is filled with the people you love, and it is a sad reminder of how far away we are from family living in Sydney. I'm thankful for the time we had together and only wish it was longer!