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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Much Needed Relaxation on Hamilton Island

Remember when I was complaining about lack of sleep a few days ago? After a few days on Hamilton Island, I am recharged and well rested. Also, a little sunburnt. Worth it. 

For those of you looking for honeymoon spots, you must consider Hamilton Island. It may be a little pricey but you will not regret it. Even the airport is gorgeous. 

I could not stop gawking at the views this entire trip. This is truly a place for relaxation and beautiful sights. We stayed at the Reef View Hotel, which was very accommodating and comfortable. Our reservation included breakfast each morning at three separate locations (one location included breakfast with koalas... but we'll get to that later) and a spectacular view of the ocean. I could've spent all day in bed and been perfectly happy. 

A majority of our time in Hamilton Island was spent on the beach soaking up the sun. I finished two books during this trip so you know I was pleased to have some down time. 

While we did go snorkeling for a short amount of time, invisible jellyfish and large stingrays heavily inhabited the ocean. Given Steve Erwin’s unexpected death (RIP), I decided to avoid these guys at all cost. I did manage to get some great shots on my GoPro which will be compiled at a later date. 

Each dinner was a delicious indulgence that left me craving sleep after a food induced coma. Sunday night was Mexican food, complete with chicken quesadillas, octopus tacos, and shredded pork tacos. I'm not a huge margarita fan but they were delicious. Perfect addition to our meal.

Monday night included oysters at the Marina Cafe and one of the best sirloin steaks I've had in my life. Note to mention, a bottle of Sauv Blanc and this view...

Tuesday, for our last night in paradise, we enjoyed a few cocktails at Bommie's restaurant. This is awesome because it was made to look like a boat. 

If you do visit and notice they have Summer Breezes on the menu, please indulge yourself. I think I could live off of a lifetime supply of them. 

The best part of the entire trip came on Tuesday morning. We decided to have breakfast at the Wildlife Park This location advertised "breakfast with koalas" and they did not disappoint. They had four koalas hanging out--mostly sleeping--near each of the restaurant's tables. 

After breakfast, the best part came. A snuggle and photo session with a baby koala named Faith. I've hung out with kangaroos and now I've cuddled a koala? I'm living the Australian tourist dream over here.

Overall, my trip has been fantastic thus far. I'm thrilled to have been able to take advantage of this experience. I have gotten to see parts of the world I've only dreamed of. Australia truly feels like my second home. 

I'm very happy to have gotten some much needed relaxation time. The next few weeks are going to be tough with constant traveling and a lot of time and temperature changes. The flight from Sydney to Hong Kong is about 9 hours. We leave for Hong Kong on Friday (well, my Friday for those in America, aka tomorrow). This is where the temperature will be a bit lower than what I've been experiencing. Highs of 55-60s with a few days nearing 70. Lows in the low 50s. I have to manage to pack for this as well as a week and a half spent in Thailand, where the weather is nearing the 100s for the high. 

We do have a packed schedule for Hong Kong and I'm really looking forward to traveling to Asia. Everything thus far has not been a huge culture shock because there isn't a language barrier and things are not drastically different. 

Today, I'm back in Sydney, unpacking and repacking for our next trip. Really looking forward to experiencing new cultures and eating more dumplings, yum!

I will touch base with you all after I have arrived in Hong Kong. Here's to safe travels and new experiences!

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