A year in the life 2016 #265: first day in Lima

I slept in, went to the gym, and went for a wander.

I found myself on the top of Huaca Huallamarca – built nearly 2000 years ago by the Lima people of Peru.

Huacas are holy and civic buildings built of adobe that last in the desert climate of Lima – no rain to wash  them away.

The huaca is a remarkable structure, impressive too in its resilience through the ages.

In the rest of my wander I found some delight in the doorways of Lima.

And then returned to the hotel for more Peruvian food.

A year in the life 2016 #264: from here to there

Another spectacular view flying into Sydney, this time on my way to a much longer flight – to Peru via Chile.

I had time for my favourite travelling thing – breakfast and mimosa at the Sydney First Class Lounge.

Then a very long flight. And crossing the dateline made it a very long day also.

But once I arrived in Lima and got to my hotel, I learned that Peru is a big foodie place, and managed to stay up to try out the restaurant at the hotel.

This was not the last ceviche – the very traditional Lima dish – I would encounter. Not by a long way!

A year in the life 2016 #263: a cupcake a day…

Some days it is nice to find cupcakes on sale in the foyer at work – happy to support whatever cause it is today because cupcake.

A year in the life 2016 #262: out with the boys

We decided to give Chaki Chaki, the ne Japanese restaurant in Lonsdale Street a try.

The verdict was delicious – we loved the food. The service was also good – we were surprised it wasn’t busyier s it definitely deserved to be.

And afterwards, the traditional Frugii icecream.

A year in the life 2016 #261: viola practice 

Jude is still enjoying his viola and putting in his practice. The two teachers he has had this year – both young music students – have inspired him more and help him improve a lot.

A year in the life 2016 #260: spring purples

I love this patch of purple and blossoms I pass on my way to work after walking Zac to school. Always brightens my morning.

A year in the life 2016 #259: bouts and drives

Sunday was spent at the stadium. Sebastian had two games and I watched Capital Carnage play one and then it was time to drive home again with more bad singing and car dancing. Nice to be home to my bed and the rest of the family though.

A year in the life 2016 #258: Bateau Bay

While Sebastian and my day involved a bit of the above, we also managed the below.

Unlike my trip to the Gold Coast during the week, this time I actually got to stand on the sand.

And a compulsory beach selfie, with compulsory teenage mugging.

A year in the life 2016 #257: a long day

So I really began the day waiting for the Minister who was giving a speech at the conference. Still didn’t see the beach.

Assistant Minister Andrews came and met Departmental staff  working on our booth at the conference…

Then she met, chatted to, and had her photo taken with a bunch of people .  Then she left. I had another side meeting before I got to head to the airport.

I finally saw the beach- from the sky.

And Sydney as looking mighty fine from the sky.

At home, we headed out to see Sebastian play in his hockey grand final under the rising moon. And they won!

Sebastian and I then headed off to Bateau Bay on a road trip – and I got to transit through Sydney or a second time that day. Originally the plan had been that Sebastian and James would head off – they were both supposed to be playing roller derby. However, with broken ribs, he definitely wasn’t getting on skates, and we figured two four hour drives probably wasn’t ideal either. So Sebastian headed off, stopping at the traditional stopping place and, after singing loudly to some bad music, made it to our hotel at The Entrance just after midnight.

Sebastian was wowed by the motel features and the decor.

I loved the brown towels and the fact we could high five each other while in bed. But mostly I was pleased to see my bed and go to sleep.

A year in the life 2016 #256: hello Gold Coast 

Up on the Gold Coast for a conference. Got to see the high rises, failed to see the beach.