January 11th, 2010 by Tessa

Everyone enjoys stories, because when you share a story, it’s like giving someone a piece of your life or a piece of your memory. And, we all know that the best stories always are exciting- and the main characters are brave and valiant- and theirs always something BAD going on, or some PROBLEM that needs to be fixed. I didn’t realized how boring my everyday life was back at home until I went to Asia, and my parents actually let me do things without them. Things seem rather mellow in Australia and New Zealand, now that there are no crazy taxi drivers and running across the street isn’t life threatening (not to mention we speak their language). Don’t get me wrong- we’re having a wonderful time, just not the exciting things you’d write about. Our days are full of driving past fields of sheep and contemporary art museum. Sometimes there are other kids too! But I tell you, everything that IS fun is risky, and might involve being really embarrassed about it. So, in other words, we haven’t been kidnapped, left for the wolves, been almost hit by cars, or fallen into a boiling pit of mud (which didn’t happen to us in Asia either, I just wanted to add that). Some of the things we’ve done:

I have though, almost been chased by an ostrich (You could tell by the way it glared at me). We also got to go into the enclosure with the kangaroos to pet them and feed them. Kangaroos are amazingly graceful and bouncy at the same time. I have to admit though; I was envisioning them being big enough to ride on. I was very disappointed to find that they weren’t much taller then my stomach.

Of course, the thing that every 13 year old wants for her birthday is to be stuffed into a giant hamster ball so that they can roll down a hill. Investing in giant hamster wheels might just make you a billionaire.

You’ll also never know the charm of a pool of boiling mud until you’ve been to one yourself. I personally, don’t see the big deal about coloured pools of water, but mom thought they were pretty cool. The boiling pits of mud were cooler by far.

2 Responses  
Duffy writes:
January 11th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I don’t know…being stuffed into a giant hamster ball can be fun.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I hope with all your adventures you won’t find dining with us too boring…we want to take you out for your birthday when you get home.

I can’t believe all the stuff you are getting to do and see…it would be great to put into a kids book…Tessa’s Travels, (Or Phoebe’s Travels, if you don’t want to write) You could become the next JK Rawlings of the kids books.

Keep having loads of fun and tell your folks that I’m proud they let you out on your own occasionally.


Auntie Krissy writes:
January 13th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I would totally buy a hamster for wheel for Jack, he would totally dig it!

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