Oh if only I could survive on no sleep and if there were more hours in the day! Of course then I would find more things to shove in to those hours. Laura and I arrived back from our whirlwind tour of Sydney yesterday lunchtime and I have been racing around with so many new ideas in my head, I don't know where to start.
The trade fair was very good, worth going but incredibly incredibly big, so much so it did our heads in after a while. They say that shopping centres are designed in a way that the lights and the music and the the smells are such an assault on our senses that we become disorientated and spend longer and therefore more money when we get there (makes perfect sense to me!), if this is so that gift trade fairs take that and magnify it tenfold. My goodness the displays are amazing, it is loud and very busy, it was also unfortunately very hot the first day which sort of ruined our attempt at being cool calm collected and glamorous. There are so many people, talking and taking orders it is hard not to get swept up in it all. Whilst we didn't order very much at all, we felt as though we had walked away with a million dollars worth of orders as we had looked at so many things and gathered so much information!
Next time we go we will go for longer and space out the time we spend at the fair so that each day we are fresh and focused. We also needed way more time to discover all those gorgeous little cafes, take high tea, cruise on the Harbour and discover more trinkets! Despite all these things we didn't do we crammed an awful lot in and we walked and walked and walked and laughed lots! Every trip must have some sort of travel story or experience and the shuttle bus ride from Sydney airport after our 5am flight was definitely one of those, I will leave Laura to tell of that, or maybe update later, however I can say that we called it the shuttle from Hell! We did discover some cute little cafes, got to drink coffee (though not as much as we would have liked), discovered some great buttons, dined with the most divine view of the opera house and the bridge, giggled and laughed, got huge blisters, did a little shopping and had the best weekend. I am utterly exhausted and am trying to work out how I can explain this to my neurologist in the morning, but I am happy and inspired and so very very lucky that I got to experience such a great weekend with Laura who thinks like me, makes me laugh and is even starting to say the same things as I do at the same time. Incidentally my husband said that that was the worst thing about me being away from him and the children, the fact that he had to finish his own sentences! Ha Ha! Here is a few photos of our trip, I will write more soon, as will the lovely Laura. Typepad has been unavailable for a while this afternoon otherwise I would have written earlier.TTFN KN Linda.