There is nothing worse than not having a holiday to look forward to. Especially when you haven’t had time to plan one, and there is a week long break that is begging to be enjoyed.
A colleague was kind enough to offer her home on the Sunshine Coast for housesitting (and cat-sitting) to several of us. It took awhile to work out which dates each of the interested parties would take, but everything worked out very nicely.
The SO and I made the trek up on Boxing Day to spend several days kayaking on the Maroochy River (where the SO proceeded to fall in and cause me to fall in as well while I was rescuing him), driving and stopping at roadside fruit stalls to purchase fresh succulent mangoes, and most afternoons swimming at Coolum Beach.
Being Vitamin D deficient in a state as sunny as Queensland is a bit embarrassing, but apparently not uncommon. So I permitted myself a touch more sun and to help pass more time under the sun, the SO bought us a bodyboard, so I would learn how to bodyboard.
Due to its geographic position, the waves in Singapore are gentle laps – nothing like the ocean crashes of Australia’s coastline – making any type of surfing impossible in the motherland. Even though I love swimming and the water, it took me months to learn how to swim in the huge waves and build any confidence in the water here.
Learning how to bodyboard wasn’t easy, but it got easier with every wave. Watching the Aussie kids tackling the waves taught me as much as the SO’s instruction. There is something gut-wrenchingly exciting about watching approaching waves and timing yourself to catch and ride a wave right up to the beach.
Not a shabby way to spend an impromptu holiday…