“This is a disaster!”
– Jess, seeing another caravan in front of us and the rain started pouring while we were heading to the Great Ocean Road
Geelong wasn’t on my list of places to visit, but after meeting Jess I had to go see it. As an added bonus it’s really close to the Great Ocean Road – which WAS on my bucket list.
Geelong is cute. The Great Ocean Road is great. Jess made it all even better and I’m seriously gonna adopt her parents.
Not too big a fan of the “Australian Cuisine” Jess tried to push one evening (apart from the Tim Tams), but other than that my visit was above and beyond.
Jess had to work, so she got her mum to pick me up from the train station. Raelene drove me around showing me Jess’ old school (it looked like a small version of Hogwarts) and the surrounding area before we went over to where Jess worked. They both tried to coordinate where we were in relation to each other, not the easiest apparently *lol*
Jess showed me a lot of the area while I was there and to me it all just looked like this tiny paradise area with beaches, small houses, huge houses, nature and sun everywhere. Also, Russel took me to ANOTHER bakery and yet again I had something chocolate-covered that blew my mind. I thought Australia was all about Vegimite, turns out they have sweet stuff too. Who knew? I didn’t. Now I do. This is important.
First night was dinner at the neighbours. I just went with it, here comes the Norwegian. The Asian neighbour made some -insanely- good food, I don’t even know what it was, but it was amazing. Jess helped scoop the dessert onto some plates and called it cooking. Same old Jess ❤
THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
I had five things on my bucket list for Australia: Quokkas, Uluru, Sydney Opera House, hold a koala and drive the Great Ocean Road.
It was built by soldiers between 1919 – 1932 returned home from war, and dedicated to soldiers killed during WW1, the road is the world’s largest war memorial. The views are famous around the world and the Twelve Apostles (now just seven left standing) are another “tourist trap” (I don’t like that distinction). They’re stacks made from limestone standing tall in the ocean itself. The last one to collapse did so in 2005. Hopefully the rest will last for years to come, they look really cool.
“The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 km stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Winding through varying terrain along the coast and providing access to several prominent landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations, the road is an important tourist attraction in the region.”
Jess made my dream come true. She thought it would be a disaster, but of course it wasn’t. She put me in the car, got some snacks, drove us all the way to the Great Ocean Road, down the road itself, stopped by the apostles, took photos, entertained me the whole way and then brought us safely back home despite the fact that she claims she’s crashed the car twice in the past.
I throw a lot of jabs at Jess (to be fair, she does too), but it’s all affectionate and in jest. She’s fab, she just punches you verbally if you get sappy. That’s why I get sappy on my blog from half way around the world. Safe as houses.
You’re the best, Jess ❤
Also, this was our soundtrack. So you didn’t do the very best job in the world, Jess. In fact, I take it all back, it was sh*t. ❤
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