spending some time on the south coast
01.02.2011 - 10.02.2011 23 °C
After a week of recuperation in Sydney, Paddy and I caught the six hour bus down to Batemans Bay, his beachside hometown. The weather was ridiculously hot in the city (it ended up being a record-breaking heatwave once we left), and since Paddy's "neighbor" is Surf Beach, we didn't hesitate to grab our swimmers and head down there as fast as possible.
The weather remained beautiful for a few days, and since most of Paddy's sibilings were due to start school that week (there are six Tegart kids in total; Paddy's the oldest at 21, and they go down in 2-year increments from there, so there are 4 kids living at home right now. Hectic household!), we spent a lot of time swimming at the beach, watching movies, playing cricket (I learned how to "bowl," or pitch, and pretty much sucked at it) and, in the boys' case, playing video games. I enjoyed getting to know Paddy's two sisters and chatting with his mum over coffee while the boys killed each other's video zombies.
Cyclone Yasi striked near Cairns a few days into our trip, and the weather turned pretty sour after that: although the two towns are separated by more than 2,600 km, the bay was pelted with days of rain, high wind, and a few pretty incredible thunderstorms. (Imagine flicking on a fluorescent light and watching it flicker a few times before fully turning on - that's what the thunderstorm looked like.) Between bad weather spells, we grabbed chicken schnitzel burgers at Malua Bay (they're absolutely legendary), said hello to the white lions at Mogo Zoo, went hiking above Wimbie Beach, dined on magnificent BBQ pizza at Heat (where Paddy worked in high school), and enjoyed some of the clearest snorkeling I've ever experienced at Guerilla Bay.
A great week!
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