Day 41

Location:  

Hobart

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What We Did:

A relaxing day as Dad caught up on his writing and chased down some exciting new stories for his bucket list book.   So we took advantage of the downtime to bring in our mobile hairdresser friend Chelsea for the ladies, because she’s great and knows curls!   Our Air Bnb household manual has a handy list of local playgrounds, and we’ve been taking advantage of it too.   The Bellerieve Beach park was huge hit, with two 9 metre tall towers connected by a rope bridge.  Raquel beelined straight to the top and came down the slide all by herself, an amazing progression considering how timid she was in  the Melbourne playgrounds.  Opened in 2017, Bellerieve easily vaulted into our top playground of the trip so far, with an amazing view, refreshing sea breeze, lots of things to play with, and an adult exercise section that Raquel couldn’t get enough of.  Gali meantime slid by himself down a tube, played with the play decks and swings.   Not content with just one playground, Mom and Jaci also took the kids to Wentworth Park, and a lovely stretch of sand called Howrah Beach, which we had all to ourselves.  Not only is Gali  over his fear of beach sand, he went straight for the water to let the waves wash over his feet.  Jaci and Raquel built a beach forest as Dad returned from a long drive to the southwest of the island to jump off a dam wall.

What We Ate:

We’ve been taking advantage of our airy kitchen, Jaci and Dad’s creative cooking and being just five minutes away from a Woolworths to eat healthy and homemade.  Our menu: roasted salmon with garlic-butter, mushroom-tomato bruschetta, lettuce-wrapped San Choi Bow (savoury mince served with plum sauce), fried Haloumi, spaghetti zucchini and roasted veggies.  After too many days of fish and chips, our bodies are eating it up!

Where We Ate:

At our Air Bnb.

My Favourite Pictures Today

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Where We Slept:

At our Air Bnb.

We Learned:

Hobart is a place we could definitely live.  When travelling hard for a month, a few down days are essential to recharge.  When you have access to an awesome bathtub, pick up some epsom salts for a good soak.   Hobart doesn’t have any major sports teams. There are 225,000 people in Hobart.  That just because you put sunscreen on your kids, you are not protected.    Homemade food is good for the spirit.

Reflection of the Day

The Best Part:

Getting a great haircut at home from Chelsea and her mobile salon.  Playing in the exercise park.

The Worst Part:

Raquel cut her finger grating cheese.  She’s very proud of her injury.

We'll Always Remember

  • Name: Chelsea
  • Favourite Place: The Greek Islands
  • I Love Travel Because: It takes me out of my comfort zone
  • My Advice for Kids: Don’t sleep with a wet head
  • Name: Joel
  • Favourite Place: Shelly Beach
  • I Love Travel Because: I like to learn new things
  • My Advice for Kids: Don’t try grow up too quickly
  • Name: Camila
  • Favourite Place: Manly Beach
  • I Love Travel Because: of the memories you have from it
  • My Advice for Kids: Listen to your parents. As you grow up you realize Mom and Dad were right all along
  • Name: Macca
  • Favourite Place: Out here in Southwest Tassie
  • I Love Travel Because: it's great to get out and do new things
  • My Advice for Kids: Do what your mother and father tell you
  • Name: Colin
  • Favourite Place: Mount Rowland in Tasmania
  • I Love Travel Because: I love the adventure, and new cultures and languages
  • My Advice for Kids: If you get a chance to sit it out or dance...I hope you dance.
  • Name: Chris
  • Favourite Place: Tasmania
  • I Love Travel Because: of the new experiences that broaden my horizons
  • My Advice for Kids: Take heed of Mom and Dad’s advice

  Today's Random Thing

  A Note from Mom and Dad

After a week of deep fried food, the addition of fresh fruit and veggies has made a huge difference. We do try to eat healthy when we’re out but kids menus are understandably limited and adult portions are an expensive gamble (“did I say I want that, I don’t want that!”).  Gali is saying “Apple Jooce” and really chugging back the fine Tasmanian juices. We’re staying in a 3 bedroom place and have migrated the kids to their own room, as opposed to co-sleeping.  Good for the kids, good for Mom and Dad too.

 

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