Where We Went:
What We Did:
We bid adieu to Byron Bay and New South Wales, but not before one last stop to crystallize what makes the region so special. The Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens is a private garden with some of the world’s biggest crystals, arranged in a beautiful setting that attracts tourists, healers, seekers and finders from around the world. There’s various spiritual attractions including a World Peace Stupa blessed by the Dalai Lama, energy portals, meditation nooks and giant buddhas. On a tree where people write wishes on paper and tie them to the branches, I asked Raquel what wish she wanted to make. It was to be a knight. “A knight-ess, perhaps, and lets make everyone in the world happy while we’re at it,” added Dad. The whole place inspired wonder and dazzle and is well worth checking out.
What We Ate:
Lunch: Garden risotto, a veggie hot dog and toasted mediterranean veggie baguette.
Dinner: Noodles and Chinese from around the corner from our hotel.
Where We Ate:
Lunch: Crystal Castle Cafe
Dinner: Singapore Cafe
My Favourite Pictures Today
Where We Slept:
We’ve arrived the Oaks Charlotte Towers located right in the heart of Brisbane. We’re on the 43rd floor so we’re really, really high up, and we have an enclosed patio that juts out of the two-bedroom apartment that reminds us of the Eureka Skydeck Edge, only it’s got a floor. There’s a great vibe to the city, and it’s going to be fun exploring it.
We learned that crystals are amplifiers of energy. We learned that you get lost in a maze, but labyrinths are designed to help one find oneself. We learned that rose quartzes amplify love (judging by the amount of kisses Gali inflicted on Jaci after hugging a giant rose quartz). And putting your heart on a giant crystal is a lovely feeling. We learned that Uruguay has amazingly big and heavy amethyst geodes. We learned that crystals can be cleansed with a sage smudge. We learned that Brisbane is way closer to Byron Bay than we thought.
Reflection of the Day
The Best Part:
When Raquel chose her first crystal, and it told her she must be brave.
The Worst Part:
Gali hit his crystal tired wall and shattered his shards everywhere with a meltdown along the no-longer-so-peaceful garden entry.
Today's Random Thing
A Note from Mom and Dad
Anyone who says sugar doesn’t effect the behaviour of kids hasn’t given young kids sugar. They go bonkers, at least ours do. So we were a little nervous to visit a place with tons (literally) of crystals which are known to amplify energy. Mom certainly was deeply affected, she said it felt like she was tuning into the radio stations of everyone around her. The kids had a blast though, being in such a different environment, in terms of the crystals, shrines and and spaces, as well as with the cosmic ambiance.