I’ve noticed something weird. A five hour drive without the campervan seems a lot longer than the same drive with the campervan. We can drive faster without the campervan, but there’s nowhere to sit and make a cuppa, and no toilet when we need a loo stop.
That’s my way of saying that the five hour drive we did to Perth seemed to drag. Really, the kids didn’t seem to notice, they were just excited that we were going to see Pa. Their grandfather lives in Sydney, and we hadn’t seen him since we started traveling. I had a conference to go to, so Jarrad and the kids were coming too, otherwise I’d be lonely.
The taxi at Sydney heard which hotel we were staying in and decided to go the long way. We got charged $90 for a 10 kilometer trip from the airport to the hotel. Not happy, Jan. The hotel was OK other than that, but it was a bit weird having two men standing at the front doors at all times ready to open them.
I got a phone call on day 2 from the school the kids were attending, “Just ringing to find out where the kids are, and if they’re coming to school?”
“We’re in Sydney.”
“They need to be at school to be learning,”
“Right now we’re just about to do a tour of the Opera House. Yesterday, we saw the Alexander the Great exhibition at the museum, we’ve seen Madame Tussaud‘s and tomorrow the kids are going with their Dad to the art gallery.”
“But they aren’t going to be learning if they aren’t at school. When are they going to be back in the classroom?”
You know those moments when it’s crystal clear what decision you are making? For me, that was one of those moments when I realized I just could not send my kids back to that school. It just doesn’t suit us. Actually, more than that, I wanted to head straight to the web to buy cheap flights to Bangkok to continue our travels overseas.
The Opera House tour was amazing. I’ve never seen any photos of the inside before, so it was all new. Peter was fairly enthralled, and asked a number of questions. The tour guide nearly choked when Peter, aged eleven, asked in all seriousness,
“Has anyone ever tried to use the Opera House land for other purposes? It seems like such prime land, that there would be so many more practical uses for it.”