The morning started very quite and enjoyable with a few phone calls back to the US and then a simple breakfast. The kids had a bunch of school work to do and then we were all to meet at the beach. I left the apartment about 2 hours before everyone else to go for a long walk, which I did. I ended up sitting on a rock formation overlooking Tamarama Beach and meditating a bit listening to the ocean. It was extremely peaceful and relaxing, something I don’t get a lot of time to do back in San Diego, but that should change when we return.
Around 1 PM Ilise, the kids and Karley met me at Bondi Beach and we sat next to a family with a 13 year old boy named Jack. The father, Alain, was French and they have 4 children ages 14, 13, 11 and 8. We had a great conversation and Alain has invited us to get together with his family later this afternoon. We started talking a bit about business and he is taking me into Sydney later this morning to meet with one of his IT clients before my lunch meeting. Alain was so friendly and it is a shame that we leave tomorrow, we would have enjoyed spending more time with his family over the weekend.
After the beach we had a good 2 mile walk back to the apartment, up the big hills, so it was another good workout. It took us a good 45 minutes of trekking and Noah was complaining every moment, except when he saw the little Tesla parked in someones driveway. It was one of the original two seaters. I told Noah that it was an electric car and he saw a cover right behind the drivers door and said that there was a gas tank there. I opened the latch to show him the electric outlet. It was a very cool little car.
We returned around 5:30 and did some catching up on email and then showered for our dinner with Stephen and Christina. We went to a Middle Eastern restaurant called Sefa. The restaurant was very warm, but other than that it was an excellent evening. Ilise and Christina hit is off and Stephen and I continued our conversations around following your passion and living a life that matters. All in all it was a great day!
Today we plan to get packed up and ready for a long drive north tomorrow. We have about 6 hours of driving tomorrow to Coff’s Harbor where a friend of Drew’s lives. The friend’s mother, Carol-Ann, has invited the family to stay at their house for the night before we head to Byron Bay the next morning. It will be nice to spend some time with a family that has lived in the US and Australia to discuss the different cultures. From Byron Bay we have reserved some time on Fraser Island and then we head off to Cairns for 8 – 9 days. That is the launch point for the Great Barrier Reef as well as the rain forest and Mossman Gorge. Looking forward to all the amazing sites that Queensland has to offer, which will be much different than Sydney and Melbourne.
To a life well lived!