24.11.2009 - 26.11.2009 82 °F
Miles traveled 406
We arrived at the Tiger terminal in Melbourne at about 10:20PM. Fito had finished his finals and met us a short time after we landed. It took him a little longer to follow the tiger prints and find us than he had expected since he parked in the main terminal. We had a late barbecue on the balcony with Fito and Holgar and drank Pisco and Coke and toasted to Rodolfo, Fito’s father who is a great fan of Pisco in various forms and on every occasion. We did a “Proust”- the German toast- for Holgar and discovered that all we had to do to earn 10 years of good sex was look each other in the eye during this toast. Now we are all set!!
We were very excited for the next day because we would be seeing Fito’s mother who arrived two days earlier from Peru.She had arrived early because Monica’s date for delivery of her baby had been moved up two days, so we also would be seeing the one day old, Zac, who was named by his brother. Luckily for Jacob, Zac brought him a bicycle as a gift, which he was proud to tell us “had rockets on it” as decoration. It was a lovely bike.
The last day and a half we spent mostly visiting with Zac, Monica, Queta (Fito’s mom), Nick, and the family. We also went to the Café in the Botanical Garden for a walk and a snack with Queta to break up the day at the hospital.It was unreal at the Botanical Garden that it seemed 75% of the people there were mothers with babies, another 20% were very young school children. This was confirmed by Monica and Angela that Australia is in a baby boom, plus the government drops $5k on a family as the “Baby Bonus.” Get busy and earn your cash Australians! By my rough math, Australia’s population should double in the next 2years!! Watch out China! Zac was born healthy at 3.9 kilos, for all you westerners that’s around 8 and a half pounds. He is not non-stop excitement yet, though very cute, because he is still sleeping quite a bit between feedings.
On our last night with Fito and Holgar we had some nice wood fired pizza, and returned to the apartment to share a bottle of Cavalier Brut. Fito appreciated the tradition, but he warned us that he tended to get rowdy after drinking champagne. We had a nice evening reminiscing and speaking about cultural differences in dating around the world. German boys, according to Holgar, go for kissing on the first date. Fito says you have to work very hard to get introduced to the family and court the “good Peruvian” girls. Sara expounded on the U.S. dating by saying there were two groups. The group that dated one person for a long time and the “players,” who try to date as many people as possible.
On our last day, we had one last visit with the family at the hospital before departure. We had another emotional goodbye as we bid farewell to our friends living in Australia. It really is hard to say goodbye-Cheers Australia!